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

In the arid northwest of Namibia lies Damaraland: a region renowned for its desert elephants and rhinos. Blending seamlessly into the arid wilderness of these desert-adapted pachyderms, a couple of responsible eco-camps lie tucked away alongside the scenic Grootberg Mountains.

Isolated Etendeka leads the pack and is widely considered one of Namibia’s brightest stars in the green arena. Amazingly, sun powers the entire camp. There’s no green-washing taking place here – that’s not Etendeka’s style – and the camp doesn’t even own a backup generator as a fail safe. When Etendeka says its green, it means it. Some safari goers might find the lodge’s offerings a touch sparse, but for many other that natural simplicity is the lodge’s greatest asset.

Beautiful Etendeka Mountain Camp is one of the top 48 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This important book discerns the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from the crowd of green-washers and eco-pirates that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get hold of your own copy of the book then you can order it here.

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