Wilderness Safaris’ DumaTau Camp in Botswana and Damaraland Camp in Namibia have been selected as two of National Geographic Traveler’s “25 Best Ecolodges” for 2013.
The editorial team of National Geographic Traveler worked long and hard to find 2013’s best authentic and most sustainable lodges for its more than 8.5 million readers. The select lodges chosen embody the National Geographic Society’s spirit of exploration and commitment to the environment and will be featured in the magazine’s June/July 2013 issue.
“We are extremely proud of this esteemed recognition for both DumaTau and Damaraland Camps and of their ongoing commitment to ecotourism and our 4Cs ethos (Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture)”, says Dave van Smeerdijk, Wilderness Safaris Marketing and Sales Director.
Comprising 10 luxury tents, DumaTau is located in the private 125 000-hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in northern Botswana. The camp operates completely on solar energy, for hot water, lighting and other energy needs, and is built of FSC-standard timber. In addition, the camp has water-wise waste removal and uses green and thermal insulating materials.
Damaraland Camp, situated in the Huab River Valley in north-west Namibia, was the first joint venture partnership in the country between the community of the Torra Conservancy and Wilderness Safaris.
Torra Conservancy holds a 40% equity stake in Damaraland Camp and the democratically elected community body also receives a tourism levy for each guest visiting the camp. More than 95% of jobs at the camp are filled by community members, including lodge and guiding staff.
Offering exceptional wilderness experiences, both camps demonstrate how to balance conservation and community development. Guests spending their tourism dollars on a journey with Wilderness Safaris can be assured that they are contributing to the ongoing protection of pristine wilderness areas and sustainable community empowerment.