Kebony wood has been used for the flooring of an eco-award winning safari lodge located in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Selected for its durability and natural beauty, Kebony was the obvious choice for the architects, Hitesh Mehta Design, who strove to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the building whilst remaining in keeping with the natural beauty of the area. The eco lodge is a prime example of a burgeoning ethical travel culture; one which means that those seeking adventure off the beaten track in the African bush need no longer choose between high-end accommodation and a guilt-free green conscience.
Set on a spectacular escarpment in a remote and undeveloped part of the Masai Mara, the lodge provides a base from which guests can enjoy bush activities such as safari walks and drives, night time excursions and engage with the local Masai community. Guests at Eagle View stay in one of the nine spacious tented suites with ensuite bathrooms and terrace overlooking the savannah. The tents are pitched on raised platforms constructed from recycled steel and Kebony’s certified Southern Yellow Pine flooring. Over the course of Kebony’s lifespan, it will acquire a silver-grey patina that will beautifully complement the warm colours of the surrounding landscape.
Contained within the vicinity of the lodge is a large open air restaurant and bar & lounge area, both also decked in warm Kebony timber which has the added advantage of being resistant to microorganisms that can damage the wood. There is also a cosy campfire area and a sunset viewing deck, offering truly stunning views of the African sun setting across the savannah. The electricity at the site is generated entirely by solar power making it 100% sustainable. This combined with the use of recycled steel and Kebony’s sustainably treated timber, have earned Eagle View a silver Award for Ecotravel. Eagle View was also recently included in the top 25 eco lodges in the world by National Geographic (one of only three to make the list in Africa) and has welcomed over 5,000 guests since its launch in 2012.
Basecamp Explorer, the company behind Eagle View, are a Norwegian company who now operate three camps in Kenya. Basecamp support 500 families in the local Masai community and 92% of their staff are local. Svein Wilhelmson, founder of Basecamp, commented ‘A commitment to sustainability was fundamental from the outset. Kebony’s strong eco-credentials and beautiful appearance helped us to bring to life our vision for a reserve which exists in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature.’
Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony, said ‘This is a stunning project which highlights the versatility of Kebony as a building material. It is as strong and high performance in the bush of the Masai Mara as it is in the chillier climate of its Scandinavian origin.’