Environmentally conscious travelers rejoice in this selection of Kenya’s sustainable camps and lodges that pair luxury with conservation. Enjoy an eco-friendly journey to East Africa with sustainable properties in mind.
Kenyan kids practically shake hands with majestic elephants during visits to the Old Jogi Private Wildlife Conservancy, nestled in the shadow of snow-capped mountains. For over 30 years, this property has been offering free education for thousands of students who want to learn about preserving the fragile ecosystem. A wild and wonderful world of endangered black rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, prides of lions, graceful giraffes, and chasing cheetahs awaits. In 1986, Ol Jogi established the Wildlife Rescue Center to care for orphaned and injured animals and guests get to meet these wonderful creatures. Rangers roam the land to look-out for poachers in this seemingly untouched wilderness where only 14 guests can experience the serene safari experience at time.
Giving back never felt so good. Guests of the Mara Plains Camp are contributing to the Great Plains Foundation’s top-notch lodges and camps contribute eco-tourism dollars to Kenya’s Big Cat Initiative, buying hunting and agricultural land to convert into wildlife areas for roaming lions, cheetahs, and leopards. In Botswana, Rhinos Without Borders has been steadily increasing the number that are moved from threatened lands in South Africa to safe havens in Botswana. The country knows that animals are its true treasures and is working tirelessly to keep it that way. All these conservation efforts make a journey to these fine properties well worth the jaunt to Africa.
Six tented Kenyan camps and lodges generate the funds needed for Ol Pejeta’s Conservation in Action program, welcoming 25,000 school kids a year to learn more about wildlife preservation. Watch primates climb, explore, and socialize at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a refuge for orphaned and abused chimps since 1993. Become a modern-day explorer by helping to track lions, see hippos splash and wallow in the waters, and see the sanctuary for endangered black rhinos.
This stylish property does more than bring guests on a superb safari experience. The opportunity to positively impact the local community is also a high priority. Visit a market to meet with the local women making jewelry and crafts, or contribute towards free health and dental programs. One program directly impacts young Kenyan girls by shifting the mentality surrounding the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. Educators visit local schools to talk to girls about their health in an effort to eradicate this age-old practice that harms their long-term well being.
Craft your own custom Kenya safari that pairs fantastic luxury with wildlife conservation. Contact your Ker & Downey travel expert to plan your own journey to the sustainable properties in Kenya, and read more about the conservation-minded destinations in Africa in Quest magazine.