THREE CAMEL LODGE MONGOLIA
Nomads of the Gobi helped determine the location and design of Three Camel Lodge to ensure harmony with the natural landscape. The main lodge was built according to the ancient Mongolian Buddhist architectural traditions, using natural stone and hand-molded roof tiles without any nails or ironwork. Felt and canvas gers—the traditional portable housing of the Gobi nomads—were erected for use as guest rooms, each placed with a customary southward-facing entrance and decorated with locally handcrafted woodwork and furnishings.
ARISTI MOUNTAIN RESORT & VILLAS BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE AND GREECE WELLNESS RETREAT In addition to using the traditional stone construction techniques of the mountainous Zagori region, known for its distinctively layered stone roofs, Aristi provides special support for the Church of Aristi, a formerly abandoned historic site that dates from the 15th century. The lodge has been involved in reconstructing the collapsed bell tower, cleaning its intricate interior frescoes, and providing support to local villagers who maintain the church.
Bushmans Kloof is home to some 130 San rock art sites dating back as far as 10,000 years. The lodge maintains and protects these ancient treasures and helps interpret ancient indigenous culture at a heritage center onsite. Their stewardship, along with their efforts to protect endangered wildlife, has earned the reserve designation as a South Africa Natural Heritage site. The lodge also supports community development projects and local culture, providing training and employment for nearby villagers.
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