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The official top ten
Eco-friendly Lodges in Southern Africa

With changing attitudes and ever-growing environmental awareness, an increasing number of travellers are opting to minimise their carbon footprint and like to know that they are staying in properties that take their social and environmental responsibilities seriously. Our Top Ten properties in Southern Africa manage to combine luxury experiences with sensible sustainability. 

At luxury eco-paradise Grootbos set in South Africa’s prime whale-watching haven of Walker Bay, the whole family will love horse riding on the beach and nightly feasts of seafood and incredible organic produce. Or for a safari adventure like none other, head deep within the pristine wilderness of Kruger National Park to Singita Lebombo. One of South Africa’s finest safari lodges, it combines a boldly contemporary design with a serious approach to conservation and sustainability.

Whilst in neighbouring Botswana, gliding on a traditional ‘mekoro’ canoe through the waters of the Okavango Delta at Camp Okavango makes for a gloriously peaceful eco-adventure. For the ultimate barefoot experience, escape to the wild and beautiful southern Mozambican coast to our favourite secret gem, Dunes de Dovela for views stretching over undulating sand dunes, virgin forests and the bright blue Indian Ocean. From June to October, humpback whales can be seen from the lodge and there is amazing birdwatching year-round.

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Grootbos

Authentic African warmth is found at this collection of luxury lodges nestled in the heart of a private nature reserve. Artfully designed within ancient Milkwood forests and overlooking the whale-watching...

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Singita Lebombo Lodge

This innovative set-up in 33,000 acres in the heart of the Kruger National Park is deeply inspiring. Singita Lebombo Lodge is nestled in pristine wilderness where a unique wildlife population...

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Makakatana Bay Lodge

The heart of Africa’s largest natural estuary, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is also home to delightful safari lodge, Makakatana Bay Lodge. Named after a Zulu chief, the lodge has been home...

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Wolwedans Dune Camp

Wolwedans Dune Camp is the charming and more rustic little sister of neighbouring Wolwedans Dune Lodge, yet it still retains the Wolwedans’ hallmark of outstanding service, dining and authentic experience.  Positioned on...

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Gomoti Plains Camp

This lovely camp opened in 2016 is a safari-lovers delight and until recently, the area remained a well-kept secret for many decades.  The camp can be found in a stunningly...

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Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango is located on the romantically named Nxaragha Island in the North East of Moremi. This hidden treasure, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures its guests...

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Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi Island is the little sister property to Tongabezi Lodge, located on a speck of an island in the middle of the Zambezi River, a few kilometres downstream from Tongabezi....

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Matetsi River Lodge

This intimate luxury lodge is a firm Ampersand’s favourite and is setting new standards in Zimbabwe. Secluded in a fairy-tale Zambezi riverside setting, the Matetsi’s 18 rooms and private villa...

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Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge

Situated 80 km South of Inhambane, Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge offers a barefoot experience on the wild and beautiful southern Mozambican coast. Owned and hosted by a French couple and...

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Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is a small and very special eco lodge secluded within the Manda Wilderness Conservation Area on the Mozambique shoreline of Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Niassa. Set...

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