Tanzania's luxury resort with a conscience

11 September 2008
Swala Camp, one of Sanctuary Retreats' deluxe properties in Tanzania, is being completely rebuilt and renovated to adhere to the luxury lodge operator's ongoing efforts to set a global benchmark for sustainable tourism. This will coincide with a full carbon footprint audit of the camp in order to make the camp a carbon neutral environment.

The rebuild project will be completed in June 2009 and will increase the total number of tents at the camp from nine to 12. Sanctuary Retreats will further its eco-friendly operations at the camp by supporting local community groups to make charcoal briquettes from agricultural biomass waste or the planting of charcoal trees; and by replanting important plant species in protected areas.

During the renovations, a top ecotourism consultant from the UK will carry out a full carbon footprint audit of the camp. This process will identify the camp's carbon footprint, worked out per person per night. Once the results have been determined, Sanctuary Retreats will offer its guests the option of making a voluntary carbon-offset donation. This will cancel out the full environmental impact of their stay and make the lodge carbon neutral in its own right.

Swala Camp is situated in an exclusive pocket of Tarangire National Park, which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa, as well as over 500 species of birds. The new camp is being designed using stylish African-themed furnishings and will be centred around a large striking Baobab tree. It will continue to benefit from en-suite bathrooms with shower and terraces overlooking a game rich water hole that is regularly frequented by lions, leopards and elephants.

Sanctuary Retreats will ensure the camp remains fully operational during the renovation. All building will be completed in a phased manner to avoid inconveniencing guests and the daily work schedule has been designed so that all heavy work takes place during times that guests are usually viewing game out of camp.

For more information, visit Sanctuarylodges.com.


Jean-Louis Kayitenkore
Procurement Consultant
Gsm: +250-08470205
Home: +250-55104140
P.O. Box 3867
East Africa
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