Overview map of the Sustainable Lodges within the KAZA area

This online map provides an overview of the “sustainable lodges” in the KAZA area for product managers of tour operators and individual travelers. The tool is a valuable resource when it comes to researching accommodations and planning travel itineraries in the region. Futouris is in regular contact with the certification bodies and updates the map on a regular basis.


Please download a list with all sustainable lodges here:

Overview Sustainable Lodges March 2020


About the pilot project “KAZA – sustainable lodges”

The pilot project “KAZA – sustainable lodges” has been carried out by Futouris in cooperation with the BMZ and KfW in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, Africa’s largest protected area, in the years 2015/16. Within the project, Futouris has organised and moderated an international stakeholder process during which tourism service providers, nature conservation organisations and development organisations in the KAZA area, regional certifications bodies and international tourism companies have agreed on a common standard for sustainable lodges within the entire KAZA region. In line with the principles of sustainable development, the following advantages for all stakeholders arise: The marketing of certified tourism services through Futouris member companies DER Touristik, TUI, Thomas Cook, Gebeco and Green Pearls supports the regional nature protection and the local population. It is also an economic incentive for getting a certification and helps tourism companies to adopt a more sustainable supply chain management themselves. For more information, visit the project website.


What does a „Sustainable Lodge“ stand for?

The designation "Sustainable Lodge" stands for a joint sustainability standard for accomodation facilities for the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. The standard is based on already existing certification standards that have been developed by certification organisations operating in the area. In tangible terms, this means that the minimum requirement for a "sustainable lodge" is to comply with one of the following four certification schemes:

Eco Awards Namibia is an independent certification body based in Namibia.

The Botswana Ecotourism Certification System is the sustainable certification programme of the National Tourism Organisation.

Green Tourism is an independent certification body based in the UK. In KAZA, Green Tourism focuses on certifying lodges in Zimbabwe.

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) ist an independent certification organisation that is renowend for its high socio-economic criteria in addition to its strong ecological critera. The Faire Trade Tourism Label is equivalent to the Botswana Ecotourism Label and Eco Awards Namibia (5 Flowers).