The Search for a Sustainable Safari

  • The cover of Africa's Finest.

    The cover of Africa's Finest.

  • Author and scientist David Bristow.

    Author and scientist David Bristow.

  • Safari insider Colin Bell recruited a team of researchers for the book.

    Safari insider Colin Bell recruited a team of researchers for the book.

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How green is your safari?

Two years of work and a team of environmental scientists aren’t usually what is needed to produce a coffee-table book, but then Africa’s Finest ( is primarily a guide to the most sustainable safari outfits in Africa. After witnessing the booming safari industry take a large toll on impoverished rural communities, natural resources, and habitats, safari insider Colin Bell and environmental scientist David Bristow recruited a team of researchers to evaluate safari lodges on 102 points including renewable energy use, waste management, and community outreach to compile a list of responsible operators. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to organizations dedicated to conservation in Africa.

Tom Haley

Originally appeared in the Aug/Sept 2013 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“How green is your safari?”)

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