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The Best Ecotourism Holidays in Africa

Dreaming of an African escape? Travel with a clean and green conscience on one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip and other eco-friendly adventures.
Richard Collett
17 Jan 2022
The African tourism industry relies heavily on its nature and wildlife and it’s so crucial that travellers choose eco-friendly holidays to help preserve it. Thankfully, ecotourism in Africa exists on many levels all over the continent – from local-guided hikes into the central rainforest and camping out under the stars in the Sahara to supporting grassroots initiatives in remote communities. Sign up for one of these small-group adventures – bookable on Culture Trip – to make your ecotourism holiday in Africa a reality.
1 . Morocco, for breathtaking hikes and stargazing in the Sahara – TRIPS by Culture Trip
You’ll be immersed in the culture and natural beauty from day one of this 13-day overland TRIPS by Culture Trip journey through Morocco. Starting in Casablanca, you’ll tour old industrial abattoirs-turned-artistic-hubs, then take the train to Tangiers before hiking into the Rif Mountains in search of wildflowers and waterfalls. In Fez, learn about local crafts and trades, before spending the night stargazing before bedding down in a Berber-style camping tent in the deserts of the Sahara. There’ll still be time to visit Merzouga and the Dades Gorge, as you end the trip in Marrakech.
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2 . Morocco, for mountain excursions, yoga and surf – TRIPS by Culture Trip
If you’re sold on Morocco but looking for a shorter and sweeter eco-getaway, this six-day TRIPS by Culture Trip tour is packed full of eco-activities in mountains and by the sea. Start with yoga in Marrakech, before hiking into the soaring Atlas Mountains to reconnect with nature in a traditional Berber village. The final part of the holiday takes you to Tagazhout – where you can learn to surf on rolling Atlantic waves before one last hike through the magnificent Paradise Valley.
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3 . South Africa, for safari, Winelands and marine conservation – TRIPS by Culture Trip
With so much natural beauty and so many endangered species to protect, it’s no wonder South Africa is a leading example when it comes to ecotourism. This 10-day TRIPS by Culture Trip group adventure includes an ascent of Table Mountain for breathtaking views over Cape Town, the chance to paddleboard with penguins around the Cape Peninsula and a road trip into the Cape Winelands for a vineyard tour. You’ll also visit Hermanus to embark on a marine conservation cruise to Dyer Island – before following the Garden Route to Mossel Bay and Storms River. The trip ends with three thrilling Big Five game drives in the Amakhala Game Reserve, giving you the opportunity to witness and learn about the ecosystems and wildlife that make South Africa so unique.
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4 . Kenya and Tanzania, for big game drives and supporting local NGOs – by Intrepid Travel
An eco-friendly holiday to East Africa is the stuff of bucket lists and this 10-day group tour takes you into the heart of world-renowned wildlife habitats such as Serengeti National Park, the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Ngorongoro Crater. When you’re not spotting the Big Five on four-wheel drives, you’ll be engaged in other ecotourism-based activities – such as helping a Nairobi-based non-profit organisation to deliver food to communities in need, meeting widow support groups and learning about the effects of droughts on livestock. You’ll also visit Lake Victoria, the township of Karatu and the city of Arusha – the gateway to the Tanzanian wilderness.
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5 . Rwanda and Uganda, for carbon-neutral lodging and guided gorilla trekking – by Intrepid Travel
Conservation is key in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest since this dense nature reserve is one of the last remaining territories of mountain gorillas in Africa. With local and licensed guides leading the way, you’ll come face to face with this remarkable and endangered species – an exceptional experience that will stay with you for life. Before your trek, there will be a couple of days in Kigali, Rwanda and the chance to get perspective on the harrowing 1994 Rwandan genocide. Your eco-friendly base for the gorilla trek will be the Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge – a carbon-neutral lodge where solar-powered cottages have been constructed with locally and sustainably sourced materials.
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