The Top Sustainable Properties in Tanzania

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Tanzania’s call of nature is strong. We keep coming back to this east African gem for its superb safaris and decadent properties. While you spend your days spotting giraffes, lions, and zebras, and your evenings watching the sun set over the Serengeti, you can feel at ease knowing that these properties focus on sustainable practices. When you’re planning your safari, consider these sustainable properties in Tanzania.

Roho ya Selous

With just eight tents, this camp really feels like you are roughing it in luxury. Asilia’s focus is to make a positive impact on Tanzania’s environment and the communities. Growing human populations put pressure on the wildlife. Guests of Roho ya Selous can opt for a fly camping experience that is carefully planned in an effort to tread lightly in fragile natural habitats. Local fruits and veggies lessen car trips to pick up produce, reducing carbon emissions and making being green a tasty treat.

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Kwihala Camp

The isolated camp is another one of the excellent sustainable properties in Tanzania. Kwihala Camp knows very well that its conservation efforts are part of a larger goal. Local organizations empower the community through education, upliftment, and wildlife conservation to preserve and protect the region… and it’s all done with the help of guests. Each night you stay at an Asilia property, $5 is channeled towards projects like a scholarship program offered to students, primarily girls, who would otherwise not be able to afford an education. All camp staff are Tanzanian and can participate in a training program to move up in their position. Each guest of the luxury camp receives a metal water bottle (no plastic here) that can be donated after safari. Bucket showers help to conserve precious water and rainwater is collected for washing safari vehicles. Solar power keeps the lights on, but we prefer the flickering lanterns. You will feel warm and cozy knowing you are giving back.
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Mara River Tented Camp

Operating off the grid, this luxury camp relies on solar power and uses recycled and natural materials whenever possible, a standard practice of Singita properties. Sitting pretty in the Serengeti, Singita is the keeper of 350,000 acres of the ecosystem, pairing up with the local community to eliminate wildlife poaching. A team of 100 game scouts and a dog unit are trained to keep an eye on the wildlife and help to apprehend poachers before any wildlife like black rhinos are harmed. A breeding program also helps to increase the numbers of the critically-endangered animal. Mara River Tented Camp also supports wild dog and greater kudu conservation projects.

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It’s always a good feeling to lounge in luxury and give back at the same time. Pemba, Zanibar’s remote island, is a paradise of  sparkling sea filled with an abundance of aquatic life. Local people living near the resort benefit from projects that include a school providing education for village children. Guests of The Manta Resort can visit and see how the little ones are learning about animals, math, and languages. Farmers grow watermelon, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peas, spinach, pumpkin, and herbs for the resort, making the food served fresh and healthy. The small on-site curio shop sells trinkets made by local ladies. Underwater preservation is a focus, too. Conservation efforts have reduced the number of coral-eating starfish ensuring that the reefs remain perfectly pristine for divers.

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Ready to visit some of the sustainable properties in Tanzania? Contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel designer to plan a journey.

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