Eco-Holidays in Africa

Ever wondered what effect your African safari or holiday is having on the local environment you’re visiting? Take a moment to reflect: Africa has her share of amazing luxury lodges and incomparable wildlife experiences but the continent is the world’s poorest and her people and ecosystems beset by all manner of hardships and challenges.

Happily, there’s a new approach to African travel: eco-holidays in Africa. Operators, lodges and wildlife authorities all over the continent are actively promoting responsible, sustainable, eco-friendly travel to Africa, working not only to conserve the natural environment but also to give back to local communities.

Indeed, communities across Africa have been considerably uplifted by such initiatives: employment is generated by training disadvantaged community members to become guides, support staff or chefs; life skills like computer literacy and HIV awareness are provided; and in many cases, tribal communities such as the Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasai are now genuinely involved in the management of their traditional lands that have been set aside for tourism.

Other responsible travel role players support wildlife and conservation initiatives by funding animal rehabilitation centres, promoting awareness about rare fauna and flora and encouraging sustainable environmental programmes. Look out for lodges that are eco-friendly and recycle their waste, grow organic vegetables and use solar power or try an African eco-holiday that puts you at the heart of the community and its development projects.

It’s easy to get carried away by the magic of Africa but why not ensure your African holiday or safari has purpose and makes a meaningful contribution to the continent?

Check out our selection of African hotels and lodges who are actively involved in making a difference to Africa or find the best African eco-safari or holiday from our hand-picked list. Should you need more information or advice, simply contact one of our African Safari Experts for assistance.

Kenya's Community & Conservation Safari

From $5,030 per person sharing
9 days
View wildlife from the hide. Colourful cultural encounters.
Highlights

Private conservancies for off-the-beaten-track game viewing. Nature walks with Maasai guides.

Destinations visited
Amboseli National Park Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi
7 days
The exterior of King's Pool. Discover the reserve's large elephant population. The exterior of Vumbura Camp. Explore the 'Venice of safari' on a mokoro. Jao Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Incredible game viewing.
Highlights

Stay at three of the best eco-friendly luxury safari camps in Botswana. Flying to each destination gives you more time on safari.

Destinations visited
Botswana Linyanti Okavango Delta
7 days
Stay at Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park. Meet the traditional Maasai while staying at Porini Amboseli Camp. Exterior view of the tented suites at Porini Amboseli Camp. Enjoy game drives through Amboseli National Park. Stroll beside the Maasai on guided walks at Porini Mara Camp. Be treated to a delicious lunch in a private conservancy in the Masai Mara. Spot the resident lions of Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the famous Masai Mara. Share stories about the day's adventures around the campfire at Porini Lion Camp.
Highlights

Stay in a private conservancies to escape the crowds. Enjoy day and night game drives.

Destinations visited
Amboseli National Park Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi
7 days
Exterior of the Eka hotel. Hotel swimming pool. Junior suite at Eka Hotel. Swimming pool and lodge views at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. Honeymoon suite at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. An authentic safari Set in 200 acres of private land. Room interior at Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Highlights

Private 4x4 road safari through Kenya's best wildlife destinations. Affordable 7-day itinerary for Kenya.

Destinations visited
Amboseli National Park Kenya Masai Mara

Family Botswana's Okavango Delta & Kalahari

From $8,145 per person sharing
8 days
Camp Okuti rooms overlooking a water channel. Rewarding game drives in the Moremi. The Camp Okuti jetty leads you to where your mokoro or boat safaris begin. Aerial view of Footsteps Camp in the Okavango Delta. Incredible sighting on a walking safari. Warm up by the fire after sunset at Footsteps Camp. Golden hour silhouettes at Camp Kalahari.  Camp Kalahari tent with a view.
Highlights

Experience an authentic safari, orientated towards families. Go on motor-boat excursions in Moremi.

Destinations visited
Botswana Kalahari Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta

Tanzania's Mnemba Private Island

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7 days
Mnemba Private Island. Unwind at the beach. Tranquil retreats after sun-soaking days. Mnemba bedroom interior. Mnemba Island beach lounge. Sundowners at Mnemba Island. The essence of romance, private dining on the beach. Stand up paddle boarding.
Highlights

Spend a week on a private island. Enjoy white sand & beautiful coral reefs.

Destinations visited
Tanzania Zanzibar

Honeymoon Kruger & Seychelles' Mahe

From $13,365 per person sharing
9 days
See all your favourite African animals on game drives at Singita Boulders Lodge. Spend your evenings by a roaring fire. Singita Boulders Lodge elephant sighting. Beautiful setting at Singita Boulders, overlooking the Sand River. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel Spa communal pool. In Johannesburg, the award-winning Fairlawns boutique hotel offers a tranquil oasis in the heart of a trendy enclave. Enchanted Island Resort arrival experience.
Highlights

Fly-in safari & beach holiday. Award-winning accommodation.

Destinations visited
Kruger National Park Mahe Island Seychelles South Africa
9 days
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge game drive. Exterior of Arusha Coffee Lodge. Arusha Coffee Lodge is Tanzania's largest coffee plantation. Arusha Coffee Lodge room exterior. Primates in close proximity to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Arusha Coffee Lodge cottage interior. andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Drink stop. andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Flamingos Tanzania.
Highlights

Tanzania's top safari destinations. Excellent year-round game viewing.

Destinations visited
Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti Tanzania

Adventurer Family Botswana's Delta

From $2,725 per person sharing
4 days
Okavango Family Explorer Explore your surroundings on foot with your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy an intimate sundowner on your private deck as you take in the views of your surrounding landscape. Take in the spectacular African sunset as you enjoy a chilled drink around the campfire. Feast on traditional African cuisine in the tented dining room.
Highlights

Explore the Delta waterways by mokoro. Go on guided walks with a professional guide.

Destinations visited
Botswana Okavango Delta

Adventurer Congo's Gorillas & Forest Experience

From $14,535 per person sharing
8 days
Gorilla trekking. Close encounters with gorillas. Eco-sensitive lodges tucked into the Congo rainforest. See a sizable portion of the world’s remaining gorilla population. Lango Camp situated in the heart of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Guided walks. Lango Camp room with a view of the surrounding rainforest. Boat excursions offered at Mboko Camp.
Highlights

Unique forest wildlife & amazing bird watching. Two gorilla treks plus water-based activities & nature walks.

Destinations visited
Congo Odzala National Park
7 days
Take a tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. Swimming pool at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Suite interior at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Water-based safari on the Chobe River. Traditional game drive at Chobe National Park. Sundowners on the Chobe River. Suite exterior at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge.
Highlights

See the famous Victoria Falls. Excellent elephant sightings at Chobe.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Okavango Delta Victoria Falls Zambia

Family Botswana's Khwai River & Linyanti Channel

From $7,875 per person sharing
7 days
Glide along in a traditional mokoro. Exceptional wildlife encounters on game drives. Child-friendly, safari activities. Kids can enjoy the swimming pool while mom and dad relax. Linyanti Ebony exterior at night. Take a walking safari. Massive elephant herds crossing in front of camp. Share stories of the day and its adventures at Khwai Leadwood.
Highlights

Air transfers between camps. Spacious family suites throughout.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Linyanti Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta

Historian's Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Kenya

From $12,960 per person sharing
17 days
Entrance to the Mount Nelson. Visit popular Cape Town attraction, the V&A Waterfront. Frolic in the water of Blue Flag beaches in Cape Town. Departure day at Rovos Rail station. The exterior of The Victoria Falls Hotel. View of the Victoria Falls sprays from the Victoria Falls Hotel as you enjoy their famous high tea. Victoria Falls at sunset. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages in Nairobi.
Highlights

Private day tour of the Cape Winelands. Private tour of Robben Island and Cape Town city.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Johannesburg Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi
15 days
Black and white colobus monkey near Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Cultural interaction with the Batwa tribe Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. The firepit at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest with Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp gorilla sighting. Exterior grounds of House of Waine. Hot air balloon ride over the Wildebeest Migration with Sanctuary Olanana. Predator sighting with Sanctuary Olanana.
Highlights

See the extraordinary Wildebeest Migration in season. Seek out Big 5 game viewing.

Destinations visited
Arusha Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi Ngorongoro Crater

Good Value Year-Round Migration & Safari

From $9,095 per person sharing
10 days
The Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania has a beautiful landscape of the grassy savannah studded with thorn trees and rocky outcrops. On game drives in the Serengeti, guests have the opportunity to witness massive herds on the move and predators lurking. Exterior of the Katambuga House Katambuga  House swimming pool area. Game views in the Crater. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp tent interior. Incredible views over the Serengeti plains. Get close to the wildlife.
Highlights

Great Wildebeest Migration viewing from specialist camps in Kenya or Tanzania. Full-day Ngorongoro Crater Big 5 safari in Tanzania.

Destinations visited
Arusha Kenya Lake Manyara Masai Mara Ngorongoro Crater
10 days
Exterior of Arusha Coffee Lodge. Arusha Coffee Lodge is Tanzania's largest coffee plantation. Primates in close proximity to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Dining with elephants in sights. Canoe safari. The boma at Sanctuary Swala. Escarpment Luxury Lodge suite interior. Escarpment Luxury Lodge, bathroom with a view.
Highlights

Coffee tasting in Arusha. Guided walk in Tarangire.

Destinations visited
Arusha Lake Manyara Serengeti Tanzania Tarangire