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Set far off on a hill overlooking Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park lies the Melia Serengeti Lodge.
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Walking up the stairs I emerged into the open lobby which overlooked the Serengeti. It literally took my breath away. The architect was able to use the hillside in such a special way, making you emerge at what seems like the top of a mountain. Looking down onto an open air resort reachable by a long staircase that takes you down to the pool, open restaurants and bar. From this viewpoint I felt like I was looking over the grounds of a kingdom. Feeling like I was Jack at the helm of Titanic I almost wanted to throw up arms and scream I’m on top of the World.
Before heading to our room we explored the lobby level gin and coffee bar. After some refreshing beverages we checked in and were given a virtual tour of the hotel on a larger than life IPAD. The Melia Serengeti Lodge in an effort to reduce waste aims to be paper free and does everything digitally. Well on their way to being a beacon of sustainability in the Serengeti and quite possibly around the world I was eager to learn about all their environmentally friendly initiates. But first….lets explore.
I was traveling with a girlfriend so we were put up in a glamorous looking double room. Beds were draped with netting and faced a floor to ceiling window and sliding door. Our room had a wet bar with wine fridge, coffee station and well organized closet area adjacent to the bathroom. The bathroom was beautiful with great smelling lotions and soaps. You wouldn’t know the hotel is run on 40% solar power as no amenity had been skipped. Our sliding door opened to a deck with comfortable lounging area to view Impala in the fields down below.
Because I own an ecotourism company and believe in empowering people to better the world through travel, I am always looking for companies that believe in the importance of being low impact. The Melia caught my attention for its sustainable design and community involvement.
Tucked away within the Serengeti they were forced but also excited about being off the grid. More than 40% of their power comes from on site solar panels with more being installed in the future.
Concerned about waste ending up in the National Park they have also built an onsite incinerator that captures emissions and turns waste into usable compost for the gardens.
The grounds also feature a water filtration and recycling system that has been designed and built right at the Melia as well. This makes it possible for hotel guests to drink water straight from the tap. Their water system also uses recycled water to fill the animal’s watering hole which was still under construction during my visit, but should be an unbelievable place to watch animals in the coming months.
The Melia Serengeti also makes sure they are helping the community. Employing Masai warriors, selling locally made crafts, and scheduling waste clean ups in and outside the park. They make sure that for every dollar they make they are also giving back.
I’m Alice Ford; and you are invited on my adventure of a lifetime. I am a stunt woman, green goddess and adventure junkie. I’m trying to explore as much as the world as I can while being Eco-friendly.
In the words of Galileo;
“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”
Come take this journey with me, learn the secrets of the world, discover yourself; what a beautiful world we live in and why we need to do more to cherish and protect it.