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Africa is one of the most diverse places in the world. It literally has everything to offer everyone.  Find out about some of the continents well known and not so well known places or tell us about your favourite spots in Africa. Visited any interesting African places lately? Tell us about them.

5 Best Eco-Friendly Lodges in Africa

Nkwichi Lodge – Lake Niassa, Mozambique

Nkwichi Lodge works with the Manda Wilderness Community Trust to protect the 120,000 hectare reserve. Nkwichi employs locals, fosters sustainable development and provides agricultural education to the community. The solar-powered lodge’s eco-friendly filtration system filters grey water with sand, and the toilets drain into eco-composting pits that eventually serve as the mulch for future trees.

Elsa’s Kopje – Meru, Kenya

As the sole lodge in Meru National Park, Elsa’s Kopje reduced its environmental footprint by running on LED and energy saving bulbs, solar power and dead or renewably sourced wood for timber. Elsa’s Kopje also supports local schools; in the past year alone the camp raised $10,000 to support the 340 children and teachers at Ura Gate primary school through textbooks and school repairs. Due to these projects, Ecotourism Kenya awarded Elsa’s Kopje with a Silver Level.

Leshiba Wilderness – South Africa

Located on a remote mountaintop in the Limpopo Province, this stunning lodge is largely self-sufficient and runs on solar panels and boreholes, and relies on their garden for fresh produce. The Permaculture garden was established to explore new farming techniques and provide staffers with fresh produce.

Serra Cafema – Kunene, Namibia

Located on the banks of the Kunene River, near the sublime Namib Desert, Serra Cafema is one of Africa’s remotest camps. Serra Cafema is owned, operated, and staffed by the indigenous Himba people, one of the last semi-nomadic people on earth. The camp is also involved with the Namibia Sea Turtle Project, which works with the Angolan and Namibian governments to protect the sea turtles that congregate near the mouth of the Kunene River.

Mombo Camp – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mombo Camp is involved in multi-platform conservation efforts such as the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project that reintroduced the white rhino to the Okavango Delta. Mombo Camp employs different ethnic groups to engage with the local community. The camp has minimized its carbon footprint through solar power, thermodynamic geysers, rainwater harvesting, and passive environmental architecture.

   

The Only Natural Lake in Ghana

Situated in an enormous ancient meteorite crater, Lake Bosumtwe is the only natural lake in Ghana. A popular recreation spot, the Ashanti people of Ghana consider the site sacred, believing that the souls of dead ancestors go to the lake to bid farewell to the god Twi. As a result the lake is surrounded by the shrines of local communities. The Lake is a popular place for swimming and relaxing on the beach.

   

Katse Dam and Botanical Gardens - Lesotho

Any trip to Lesotho is highlighted by a visit to Katse Dam. This is the centrepiece of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project which transfers the water of the Lesotho Highlands via an incredible conduit of dams and tunnels through the mountains, eventually dispelling out onto the plains of South Africa’s Free State Province. It was touted as the biggest engineering project in the southern hemisphere in the 1990′s when it was under construction, and the sight of the massive dam wall (highest in Africa) and the deep lake it has created in the mountains is well worth beholding!!  Activities at Katse can include any of the following: tour of the dam wall, a boat trip on Katse Dam, a village visit into a village, a wander around Katse Botanical gardens or a couples of hours of horse riding.

   

Sehlabathebe National Park - Lesotho

The first designated National park in Lesotho. This hidden gem is full of wonderful rock formations unique to this area, massive rock overhangs, small lakes, rock art, rock arches and a beautiful and unique ecosystem of plants, birds and animals. Half the fun of Sehlabathebe National Park is getting there. The park conserves an area of high mountain plateau bordering on South Africa. It is almost inaccessible since it is rather remote, but incredibly beautiful, with some shy antelope and rare birds. The dams and rivers are a fisherman’s paradise, Trout fishing remains popular and is a must do when visiting the park, hiking and horse riding treks can be undertaken from Sani Top or Bushmansnek in the Drakensberg. See amazing pictures in our gallery

   
Deadvlei trees

Namibia's 900 Year Old Tree Skeletons

2 kilometres away from Sossusvlei is a clay pan called Deadvlei. A notable feature of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis with several acacia trees; afterwards, the river that watered the oasis changed its course. The pan is thus made niticeable by blackened, dead acacia trees that are about 9 centuries old, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. This creates a particularly fascinating and surrealistic landscape, that appears in uncountable pictures and that has been used as a setting for photoshoots, films and videos. See more pictures in our gallery.

   
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