Stephen Cunliffe
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

Category: Sustainable Lodge of the week

Northeastern Madagascar is home to Masoala Forest Lodge: one of the frontrunners in the sustainability drive of genuine eco-lodges. Before Masoala Lodge was established, the adjoining national park was being illegally and indiscriminately logged.

With the arrival of tourists, guides and park rangers – as well as the provision of alternate sources of livelihoods to the locals – the destruction was dramatically curtailed. Masoala is also involved in financing local infrastructure projects and a refuse collection and disposal system in the neighbouring village, while the local school benefits from books and materials provided by the lodge. Staying with its green ethos, Masoala Forest Lodge was predominantly powered by solar with a small back-up generator but informed us recently they are running entirely on solar energy since the beginning of this season!

Green crusading Masoala Forest Lodge is a proud member of the top 50 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This ecologically responsible book identifies a handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of green-washers and eco-pirates that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of the book, then you can order it here.

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