Nowadays tourists have become more conscious of how they travel. They lean more to eco-friendly trips and, if leaving a greener footprint means giving up on luxury, they seem to be ok with it. In South Africa, we do things a little differently and have found a way to incorporate the two.
My recent trip to Makalali proved exactly that. The lodge is situated in a beautiful game reserve just west of the Kruger National Park and is home to the Big Five as well as some of the most spectacular birdlife. Guests can choose between the Main Lodge and River Lodge with all meals and game drives included.
We opted for the River Lodge, that offers guests a private suite overlooking the Makhutswi River, each with its own outdoor shower and indoor fireplace.
Unfortunately, the park hasn’t received rain in the last few months meaning the riverbed was dry but this didn’t diminish the beauty of the views. We were lucky enough to see four of the Big Five as well as a family of cheetahs, thanks to the amazing game rangers, that have been on the reserve for almost two decades.
The lodge and the reserve embraces eco-friendly practices such as nature and wildlife conservation, community support & upliftment projects, use of non-toxic cleaning products, bulk amenities instead of individual packaging, grey water recycling and towel/linen re-use.
I have always had a soft spot for the South African bush and the animals that call it home, so finding a way to enjoy the experience and still leave a positive impact on the environment is a plus. It also goes to show that you can still enjoy all the luxuries of 5 star travelling without having a negative impact.