The Give-Back Factor in Africa
Updated: May 22
When it comes to giving back in Africa, it is a point of practice for many businesses in travel.
Countless African tourism companies and lodges make a positive social and environmental impact while providing unrivaled experiences for their guests.
From the plant conservation of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in South Africa to the protection of nesting turtles at White Pearl Resorts in Mozambique, these properties prove that eco retreats and stunning landscapes can coexist with mindful travelers.
Here are seven such companies and properties that are well worth exploring throughout the continent. When you stay with any of them, you, too, are supporting their programs.
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
The sprawling, deluxe resort in Nanyuki, Kenya, boasts a breathtaking view of Mount Kenya. Standing at 17 057 feet, it is impressive upon arrival as it is the highest mountain in Kenya and second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. This is complemented by the 100 acres of natural landscape that surround the property.
Sitting atop the Earth's Equator, the 110 room resort offers three restaurants, a spa, and a nine-hole golf course, the only one in Africa to bisect the equator. Guests can also fish, walk, birdwatch, or ride horses through conserved land. It's not uncommon to share the trail with a herd of unexpected elephants. The only thing that can top a safari sighting mid-ride is the abundant bush breakfast that follows.
The Riuki Spa and Wellness Centre on-site provides a full spa experience with steam, sauna, and three treatment rooms. The Spa focuses on sustainable practices and organic materials to ensure low environmental impact. Set up against the forest, it's an inspired spot for outdoor yoga and fitness sessions.