Blue Sky Wildlife prides itself on its unique collection of eco lodges, where guests can immerse themselves in wildlife discovery, and enjoy ecotourism holidays right from their doorstep.
Active in nature and wildlife conservation, focused on educating visitors and connected more to the local environment.
In this age of increasing pressures on our planet, the importance of ecotourism has never been more paramount. By staying in an ecolodge, where genuine “green credentials” are an integral part of the philosophy, with nature conservation at the heart of how the lodge and surrounding natural areas are managed, the “carbon footprint” created by a visitor´s air travel is mitigated.
What is an Ecolodge?
An eco lodge goes beyond the (very valid) concept of “green” hotels, which follow strict green guidelines to ensure that their guests are staying in safe, non-toxic and energy-efficient accommodation. A genuine ecolodge is more active in nature and wildlife conservation, focused on educating visitors and connected directly to the local environment. The basic definition of an ecolodge is an environmentally responsible lodging that follows the practices of green living, certified by local authorities or independent organizations. Ecolodges are located in or near natural forest environments, or other protected areas, and are built at least in part of natural materials.
Eco Wildlife Lodge
Blue Sky Wildlife is unique in that it is the only website in the world that lists ecolodge properties that also offer wildlife tours in their broader region. Imagine waking up to the local birdsong, and discovering the birds themselves right next to your room, before taking your breakfast surrounded by forest and views of nature stretching into the distance …..
At some lodges, you may not wish to stray far at all due to the intimacy of the wildlife, only returning to the lodge for meals and the occasional siesta. At night, the area around the lodge will be alive with a plethora of nocturnal creatures: nocturnal mammals and birds, moths with their astonishing designs, etc!
But most of the ecolodges offer more than the fascination of their immediate environment, venturing deep into their surrounding region to discover more wildlife, fresh landscapes, even different ecosystems. Blue Sky Wildlife opens the doors to your own fascinating, personal wildlife experience at selected lodges – and your stay will help conserve nature!
Here are ten featured eco wildlife lodges to consider:
Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge, Quito, Ecuador
Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge is a project built on sound ecotourism foundations. Always looking with a view to long-term conservation of the forest, they strive to have a low impact on natural resources and a strong impact on peoples’ awareness of the value of a cloud forest. Bellavista protects rare species and 700 hectares (2000 acres) of cloud forest that acts as a source of clean water for lower-lying regions. It is also a place to enjoy in every sense of the word: to bird, to hike and discover the forest, to relax, and to find comfort and good food.
Borneo Eco Tours, Sabah, Malaysia
Borneo Eco Tours is an award winning, low impact tour company that specialises in nature based tours around Borneo, namely Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. Guests can stay at the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge or the Kawag-Danum Rainforest Lodge which is their the newest rainforest lodge in Danum Valley. Borneo Eco Tours offer a great combination of wildlife river safari in Sukau and trekking in the Danum Valley rainforest at a great affordable rate.
Kapiti Island Nature Tours, Wellington, New Zealand
Kapiti Island Nature Tours is a family business offering tours, walks and many other opportunities, surrounded by Kapiti Island Nature Reserve and the marine frontage. They are located on Kapiti Island, only a fifty-minute drive north from Wellington city, plus a further fifteen-minute water taxi trip from Paraparaumu Beach.
Unique Safaris, Arusha, Tanzania
Unique Safaris are one of the finest outfitters in Tanzania showcasing the dynamic wildlife, astonishing landscapes, meaningful culture and unique hospitality of Tanzania. What makes them “unique” is their focus only on Tanzania and their knowledge of the country is unparalleled by any other safari company in the region. It is not surprising that the company has been listed as the Best of the Serengeti in the National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Inkaterra, Lima, Peru
Inkaterra has pioneered ecotourism since 1975, and is a collection of ecolodge properties defined for their eco-friendly design, inspired by traditional architecture and built with native materials, in harmony with the local environment. These ecolodges are established in the heart of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, deep in the Amazonian rainforest, nestled in the cobblestoned streets of Cusco and surrounded by the rolling hills of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Birding Extremadura, Trujillo, Spain
Birding Extremadura offers guided birdwatching tours and family-run guesthouse accommodation based in the heart of one of Europe’s top birding destinations. Casa Rural El Recuerdo, offer a full range of options for guests, from Bed & Breakfast to Full Board, with expert local advice to help guests explore the area for themselves as well as guided daytrips and fully inclusive private tours if requested.
Forres Park, St Andrew, Jamaica
Forres Park Jamaica, a Blue Mountains Resort, is a small intimate ten-bedroom nature resort and spa snuggled in the grand ridge of the Blue Mountains. It is built on a sixty-acre working coffee farm that offers the best Jamaica Shade grown Blue Mountain coffee. The Swiss chalet style house and cabins have spacious patios where guests can take in the breathtaking views of the Blue and John Crow mountains, encouraging them to feel at one with nature.
Tambopata Eco Lodges, Tambopata, Peru
Posada Amazonas is an award-winning eco lodge managed by Rainforest Expeditions in conjunction with the local Ese-Eja community of Infierno. Situated in primary lowland rainforest in a roadless buffer zone area of the Tambopata National Reserve, this thirty-bedroom eco accommodation offers classic, superior and premium rooms with hot water, raised boardwalks and a wellness centre, as well as opportunities for wildlife observation from a canopy tower. Follow trails through protected primary rainforest for opportunities to see endangered Giant Otters and other wildlife around an oxbow lake.
Letaka Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Letaka Safaris is a citizen-owned safari company based in the wild wetlands of the Okavango Delta. They have been operating safaris in Botswana since October 2000, when they started up a small two-man operation that has grown to become one of the most successful mobile safari companies in Botswana. The founding directors, known locally as the Letaka brothers, have over forty years of guiding experience and have been offering mobile tented safaris in Botswana since the mid-90s.
Tabin Wildlife Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
Tabin Wildlife Resort is an award winning nature reserve based in Borneo offering authentic Borneo-style jungle lodges and the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia dedicated for the breeding of wildlife. Offering an incomparable blend of adventure and comfort, the essence of Tabin’s exotic charm can be truly felt at the resort and within the reserve. Tabin is one of the best places in Sabah to observe the rich bio-diversity of nature and delve into breathtaking nature-based activities.
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