Cape Town - National Geographic has included three South African lodges in their second annual Unique Lodges of the World listing.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve and Tswalu Kalahari in the Kalahari all made the mark.
NatGeo specifically credits sustainability in the selection of the unique lodges.
“We built National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World to serve as a shining example of sustainable tourism around the world, and we are thrilled to see the remarkable growth of the collection this past year.
"The owners and managers of the lodges are some of the world’s leading minds in sustainable tourism," NatGeo says.
The African continent received the highest number of unique world lodge listings, with 11 lodges from the continent listed.
Apart from the three South African lodges mentioned above, the following places were also listed:
Fregate Island Private in the Seychelles,
Kasbah du Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco,
Mara Plains Camp in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in Kenya,
ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya,
Rubondo Island Camp in Rubondo Island National Park in Tanzania,
Sayari Camp in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania,
The Bushcamp Company in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and
Zarafa Camp in the Selinda Reserve in Botswana
You can see photos of of NatGeo's Unique Lodges of the World here: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
Since its launch in January 2015, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has nearly doubled the number of properties in its impressive collection, increasing its geographic breadth to the Canadian High Arctic, Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the Seychelles, the mountains of northern Greece and beyond.
The collection began with 24 charter members and accepted 14 in June and seven over the past few months, bringing it to 45 lodges — and counting.
These extraordinary properties were selected for the outstanding guest service and experiences they offer, and for their leadership in sustainable tourism and commitment to protecting cultural and natural heritage. They must undergo a rigorous vetting process and a site audit to become part of the collection.