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Morocco

Lalla Mira, Essoauira -http://base.lallamira.net/
Bio hotel developed by a German organic farmer as the first eco hotel in Morocco. The renovated building includes the oldest traditional bath in Essoauira and is used by locals as a therapy bath. The restaurant serves food produced on their own organic farm at Meskala. Environmental systems includes solar floor-heating in the bedrooms and a used water recycling system. Linens are made with organic cotton; mattresses and pillows are filled with allergenic Kapok.
 
Riad Abaka, Marrakech -http://www.origins-lodge.com
A former upper class courtyard home, hidden in the heart of the Medina, that has recently been renovated to become a comfortable guesthouse with seven rooms. The Riad gives you the opportunity to discover the secret life of the town including the labyrinth of the close souq (typical Moroccan market). You can combine a stay here with a trip to their Lodge at Dar Itrane in the Atlas Mountains.

Mozambique

Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique -http://www.iboisland.com
Located right on the waterfront on this undeveloped island, you can watch Dhows setting out to see on the high tide. This is a great base from which you can explore the beaches, scuba dive, fish and go on excursions to the mangrove swamps. The owners , Kevin and Fiona Record, are big on responsible tourism, and the hotel supports a number of local conservation projects.
 

South Africa

Valley of the Rainbow -http://www.rainbowvalley.co.za
Fly fishing estate and nature reserve is an exclusive retreat located in a mountain valley near the picturesque town of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, just two hours from Johannesburg or Pretoria. There are over 1000 acres to experience prolific birdlife including 5 kingfisher species, the fish eagle and endangered blue crane, variety of game including buck, vevet monkey, bush pig, cerval cat and the clawless otter. There is accommodation in hotel, lakeside or forest studios designed by Australian Architect, Glenn Murcott or in tented chalets with lake views.
 
Tanzania
 
236 Hurumzi, Zanziber -http://www.236hurumzi.com
In the heart of the old Stone Town, this hotel has been restored to its former glory as one of the principle residences in the city, and second in height after the residence of the Sultan. It has sixteen splendid rooms, all decorated with antique furnishings. Dining takes place in its fabulously situated Tower Top Restaurant with views out across the rooftops and minnarets, and beyond to the Indian Ocean. The owners work actively towards the sustainable development of the local community, supporting local organisations and businesses as well as employing and training local staff.


 
From Responsible Travel:
Pongwe Beach Hotel. Zanzibar
Located right on the beach, part of the work this hotel does is in marking and protecting turtle eggs until they hatch. They hire workers from the local village, and do business with the local community. Accommodation is in sixteen thatched bungalows in a garden setting all with modern facilities and sea view. They also offer snorkelling and fishing from their own traditional longboat.
 
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