At Green Safaris we don’t believe it’s good enough just to claim we are ‘eco-friendly’. We take being green very seriously. We strive to operate in the most sustainable way, using ‘green’ technology where-ever possible to reduce our footprint.
We have developed the very first electrical game-drive vehicle for silent safaris.
We operate an eBoat on the Kafue river and eQuad-bikes on Likoma island.
We have created a community workshop at Kaya Mawa, to produce stunning artcraft from recycled materials
We actively support local conservation and community development projects
We harness the sun’s energy to generate electricity
We have set up a community farm, which produces almost all of our vegetables used at Ila Safari Lodge
We take pride in being certified by Heritage for our sustainable operations (add Heritage certificate and Link to Heritage website)
Ila Safari Lodge has been awarded best Eco Lodge of Zambia
At Ila the safari tents are mounted on wooden decks with the timber having been sourced from an environmentally friendly supplier. We carefully built around existing mature trees and incorporated them into our design. The 'twin palm' trees you find as you walk into the boma are a perfect example of our commitment to leave the natural environment as untouched as possible. Young trees growing in areas we wanted to clear were gently dug up, potted and looked after before later being returned to other suitable areas within the site.
The main boma is built from locally sourced materials and using an eco-friendly sandbag building method. Sandbag building is a process where by sandbags are filled with earth or sand and used as the core of the main building structure. Over this is a thin layer of plaster for finishing purposes. The benefit of sandbag building is longevity, insulation and the fact that the earth excavated during leveling was reused in the actual construction.
We are driven by our passion to preserve the most pristine areas of African nature, hence we do our utmost to operate our lodges in the most sustainable way. Next, with conservation as one of our key missions, we have setup a dedicated organization, the Green Safaris Conservation Foundation, which actively supports a variety of conservation organizations active in our areas.
Grantees in 2018 are:
whom we’ve supported in operating a fire truck in Kafue National Park
a high tech engineering collective who are developing improved tracking devices for anti-poaching, in combination with WWF
whom we’ve supported in installing a new radio-network, dedicated to improve communications across the park
whom we support to setup a new base camp close to Ila Safari Lodge, in combination with WWF
We take great pride in educating our guests and where-ever possible actively involve them in these conservation related activities, whilst visiting our lodges.
In 2016, Ila Safari Lodge has been awarded Best Eco Lodge of Zambia
Kaya Mawa 3rd best ecologically responsible lodge