Our Kebony wood was used to floor an eco-award winning safari lodge located in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. The architects, Hitesh Mehta Design, 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; those seeking adventure off the beaten track in the African bush need no longer choose between high-end accommodation and a guilt-free 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. Basecamp Explorer, the company behind Eagle View, is also 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.
Guests at Eagle View stay in one of nine spacious tented suites, which include ensuite bathrooms and terraces overlooking the savannah. The tents are pitched on raised platforms, constructed from recycled steel, and our Southern Yellow Pine flooring. Over the course of the woods lifespan it will acquire a silver-grey patina that will beautifully complement the warm colours of the surrounding landscape. Within the vicinity of the lodge is a large open air restaurant, bar & lounge area, also decked in our timber. 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 use of Kebony and recycled steel are not the only environmental aspects of the lodge, the electricity at the site is generated entirely by solar power.
Eagle View received a silver award for Ecotravel, was 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 already welcomed over 5,000 guests since its launch in 2012.