Green Safaris introduces Ila Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park, Zambia
Who are We?
Green Safaris is formed of a group of likeminded individuals who all share a passion for eco-friendly tourism operation and accommodation in Africa.
We are at the forefront of deploying sustainable technology, focused on reducing the footprint of tourism whilst delivering experiences of a lifetime.
Introducing Ila Safari Lodge – the Warm Heart of Kafue.
Green Safaris are currently undertaking the construction of Ila Safari Lodge. Ila will be the ultimate high-end eco-lodge, set on the banks of the river in the heart of Kafue National Park, Zambia. We are located just 3.5 hours drive or a quick hop by air from Zambia’s capital Lusaka. We will be welcoming guests from May 1st, 2016.
Our lodge name was inspired by the Ila people, a cattle-herding tribe residing in the valley of the Kafue River. Their distinctive hairstyles called ‘isusu’ was designed to allow fellow members of hunting or war parties to see each other over the tall grass of the Kafue floodplains.
10 state of the art luxury safari tents will be perched each on their own wooden deck reaching out over the banks of the Kafue River. Every tent has been individually designed to mesh with the flora surrounding it so providing shade, privacy and your very own piece of Kafue wilderness.
Our central boma is best described by the phrase ‘eco friendly meets dynamic design’ and is the showpiece of our property. Designed from inception to provide top notch facilities for 24 guests it will boast an avant-garde pool, stunning open air restaurant, bar and lounge with 180 degree views out over the river, a boat jetty, a cosy fireplace and a firepit area for after dinner gatherings under the stars.
Come and explore Kafue’s pristine wilderness. Head out on a game drive with one of our expert guides. Experience a ‘silent safari’ in our eLandy. Drift gently and quietly on our eBoat on the mighty Kafue. Get up close and personal with nature using your own two feet on a walking safari. Cast a line and try your hand at fishing or take a roam back of house and let us prove our ‘green’ commitment to you.
All sounds like too much? Stop and relax, ice cold drink in hand and watch the world go by from our deck. Wander through camp following our ‘Tree Trail’. Take a dip in the pool or just curl up with a good read on a sun lounger or by the fire.
We live and preach our principles – in a nice way!
Sustainable and responsible tourism forms the core of the Green Safaris ethos. We are fully committed to preserving the pristine areas we operate in and working in conjunction with the communities surrounding us.
For construction we work using eco-friendly building techniques and principles to guide us. On an operating level we rely on solar and make use of electronic vehicles and boats.
At Ila Safari Lodge building using a ‘sandbag’ technique, installing a biogas plant, getting our full solar farm installed and running, implementing the recycling of grey and black water, setting up our community farm and being certified by a third party as being ‘green’ are just some of the items on our ‘what’s in motion’ list. We also believe our eLandy and eBoat are the first of their kind in Zambia.
Still wondering who we are?! Meet a few key players...
On the ground Kafue basecamp leaders – all with a wealth of experience in safari lodge management on top of their other attributes:
Linda – a lifetime in hospitality from massive hotels to miniature lodges, not only has she seen it all but she has also done it all. The law when it comes to our overall operational strategy. Keeps us all on the straight and narrow!
Jacques – project manager extraordinaire with a major soft spot for the environment and its people. Keeps all of our daydreams in check and knows what is really possible on the construction front and how to deliver it. He’s done this plenty of times!
Laura – hails from a former life in tour operating in the UK but fell in love with Zambia. Obsessed with exceeding guest expectations and always delivers. A creative people person with an eye for detail who wants everyone to love this country as much as she does. Could sell Africa to an eskimo!
Daniel – Mr Practical with a history in finance. Loves a good spreadsheet as much designing and building a swimming pool. He would do a bill of quantities for breakfast if we let him. A multi skilled man with drive and a passion for the environment and all that occupies it!
Our international team - who we suspect would probably rather be in the bush full time but sadly can't be:
Vincent – an investor with a passion for Zambia. Vincent leads by example, provides overall steer and is a man on a mission when it comes to ensuring Green Safaris delivers both luxury and eco-friendly tourism. He is also involved in several other cutting edge business innovations in Zambia.
Stella – champion spotter, fanatic bush-walker and (amateur) ranger. A flair for interior design and wizard when it comes to creating welcoming spaces with an African twist. Most likely to be found getting up close and personal to nature on her own two feet in the bush or roaming workshops, fairs, markets and showrooms to track down stylish bargains!