NEW YORK -- One of the travel companies singled out by Business
Enterprises for Sustainable Travel (BEST) is Conservation
Corporation Africa, an ecotourism operator with luxury lodges,
private game reserves and tour-safari operations.
The company, which hosted a forum sponsored by the Conference
Board, the World Travel and Tourism Council and BEST, bills itself
as Africa's largest ecotourism group.
The forum, which took place earlier this year, was held at the
Bongani Mountain Lodge, set in the foothills of South Africa's
Malelane Mountains in the Methetomusha Game Reserve.
The lodge was selected because of CCAfrica's commitment to
sustainable travel policies, according to Richard Seltzer of BEST.
"CCAfrica, which owns and operates the property, has at its core
the principles of sustainable travel.
"It incorporates these ideals in its approach to staff training
and its commitment to its surrounding communities through the
CCAfrica Foundation, which builds schools, provides health care,
assists farmers, builds roads and protects local wildlife," Seltzer
The Bongani Mountain Lodge, about four-and-a-half hours from
Johannesburg by car, features 20 chalets, nine suites and a
presidential suite. Rooms are situated along a mountain ridge,
which guests can view from their verandas.
Rooms feature bathrooms with air conditioning and ceiling
The decor of the lodge is a mix of timber, thatch and brightly
colored fabrics mixing modern and ethnic designs.
The lodge is open year-round, with the optimal time for game
viewing running from the end of March to the end of August. (The
rainy season runs from September and April; winter, from May to
August, is dry.)
Bongani overlooks a game reserve, with game drives and guided
The property can accommodate conferences for up to 60 people in
air-conditioned meeting rooms.
Per person, double, rates at the Bongani Mountain Lodge range
from $95 from May 1 to Aug. 1 to $115 the rest of the year.
For more information, call (011) 27-11 775-0000; fax (011) 27-11
784-7667; e-mail [email protected], or visit www.ccafrica.com.