Especially during times like these, where there's an ever-growing concern about the planet's rapidly depleting resources, more travellers than ever are becoming acutely aware and concerned about the carbon footprint they leave when they head to exotic destinations.
Kenya is an exemplary country in that it has ensured to provide eco-friendly accommodation alternatives for travellers in search of worry-free safari experiences that are kind to the environment while supporting the local community.
Indeed, there are some special eco-friendly safari lodges in the country that will not only give you a bewildering insight into the wildlife of the area, but also provide eco-friendly facilities that don't retract from the authentic wild experience. Have a look below for the list of Kenya's best eco-friendly lodges:
If you're planning a trip to Kenya to see some of the country's spectacular wildlife, you'll want to make sure that your holiday doesn't damage the very ecosystem you've come to admire. So that's precisely why I've dedicated this post to showcasing the most environmentally-friendly safaris you could find in Kenya. Read on to find out where you can go in Kenya without causing a negative impact on the local environment.
Top eco-friendly safari camps in Kenya
Porini Amboseli Camp
The Porini Amboseli Camp is in the Selenkay Conservancy and is a wonderful example of how tourism operators can work with local communities to improve their lives and protect the environment. There are just nine guest tents here, each equipped with solar-powered electric lighting.
Selenkay itself is co-owned by the local Maasai people and Gamewatcher Safaris, with the company only employing Maasai guides who can impart their unrivalled knowledge of the wildlife and natural environment to visitors. Likewise, local Game Scouts are employed to carry out patrols ensuring the wildlife is protected while local labour is used to maintain the roads. Guided night game drives are also offered giving you a rare opportunity to spot amazing nocturnal creatures.
Il Ngwesi Camp
The Il Ngwesi Camp in the Samburu Game Reserve is a shining example of all that's eco-friendly; from the way it was constructed to its ties to the Maasai people. In terms of the camp itself, it was built using entirely local materials, it is completely solar-powered and its water is gravity-fed from a nearby spring.
What's more, the camp is owned and run by the local Maasai community, who not only take care of the camp and its guests, but who also offer guided safari walks and bird-watching trips. This particular area is still used as farmland, so you can see Maasai herders and their cattle out on the plains, giving you a glimpse of traditional Kenya at its best.
Campi Ya Kanzi
My final suggestion is Campi Ya Kanzi, which also operates in partnership with the local Maasai community in the Amboseli National Reserve. This eco-lodge is totally sustainable, using only renewable energy sources for its power, recycling all reusable waste and using rainwater collection and storage to meet all its water needs.
In addition to working alongside the Maasai people, Campi Ya Kanzi established the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT), which supports local communities and compensates farmers who suffer any losses to their herds through wildlife predation. For every night a guest spends at the camp, $100 (£61.30) is donated to the MWCT.
Sustainability, the local community and the importance of eco-lodges
The impact of travelling and its effect on the environment has been a much heated topic in recent times. As such there has been a recent growth in the number of eco-lodges popping up around the world as many countries strive to come up with measures and ways in which to reduce or control the impact of tourists' ecological footprints on the local natural attractions; ensuring they remain as pristine and attractive as they naturally are, for many more future visitors to enjoy in many more years to come.
But beyond the building of eco-friendly lodges using renewable materials and the employing of sustainable facilities, many countries have also identified ways in which they can involve the locals and utilise part of the profits to give back to the local community. As you have read in the examples above, these eco-friendly projects not only support the local environment but are also an important source of employment and sustenance for the locals.
This is why, if you love nature and you want to preserve and protect its beauty as well as improve and support the livelihood of the local communities, it's so important to be very selective about where to stay when you travel and choose your accommodation wisely. Kenya is a shining example of a growing number of countries that have recognised the need to employ sustainable methods in order to conserve the natural habitat of its endemic species and the pristine state of its wilderness areas.