THE AFRICAN wilderness is increasingly available only in pockets of land declared conservation areas and which are expensive to preserve. The consequence is that the price tag for visiting these places is unattainable for many, as luxury lodges are set up to accommodate much-needed foreign tourists and their dosh. The advantage, of course, is that the conservation can continue. Bristow and Bell investigate this conundrum in a book about sustainable and responsible safari destinations in sub- Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. The meticulous research into each lodge’s philosophy and background is encapsulated in lucid and unbiased prose, while the pictures from some accomplished wildlife photographers make you suck in your breath. This is a fantastic book.
– Karin Schimke – Cape Times