Cardamom Tented Camp2018-04-25T15:21:48+00:00

Cambodia’s vast forests and pristine natural resources are threatened by illegal logging, poaching and habitat destruction. By adhering to sustainable tourism practices, Cardamom Tented Camp is making a stand against these destructive trends.

THE CARDAMOM STORY

Since the establishment of Botum Sakor National Park in 1993, the overall area of 171,250 hectares (1,712.5 km²) has been under constant threat by outside influences. Over 229 km² of evergreen forest has been lost to illegal logging and many endangered animal species are being poached by local hunters and wildlife traffickers, armed with homemade guns and snares.

The country’s economic development in recent years has additionally brought extensive illegal land grabbing and slash-and- burn agriculture to the area. This has also resulted in the loss of over 119,000 hectares of the park to construction, agriculture and industrial projects and this depletion of park land still continues today.

Only through the consistent work of Wildlife Alliance since 2002 in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of the Kingdom of Cambodia and their collaborative on-site law enforcement, has the forests in the Cardamom Mountains remained protected and fairly intact.

With the Royal Government of Cambodia acknowledging the potential of Eco-Tourism for economic development and poverty alleviation, a land concession dedicated to Eco-Tourism development was provided in October 2009, covering a total area of 18,073 hectares. This comprised of a 5,000-hectare Economic Land Concession (ELC) designated for low-impact development and a 13,073- hectare Conservation Zone to be protected and developed by the JW (Cambodia) Eco-Holidays project under the guidance of Wildlife Alliance.

THE CARDAMOM TENTED CAMP CONCEPT

The concept for Cardamom Tented Camp, which is a three-way initiative between The Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance, grew from the need to have a sustainable tourism development project – a mandatory requirement for holding the Eco-Tourism and Conservation Concession – granted in 2009 by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

The camp, which opened in November 2017, sees a percentage of its revenues go directly to Wildlife Alliance and its conservation efforts in the park. Any additional profits are then reinvested locally. Wildlife Alliance is also supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of The Minor Group.

With the tagline ‘Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing’, guests staying at the Cardamom Tented Camp help to sustain a conservation-friendly business set up to keep the 18,073-hectare (180 km2) concession out of the hands of loggers, poachers and sand dredging operations.

The Cardamom Tented Camp is therefore a pioneering and responsible Eco-Tourism provider, committed to supporting the conservational efforts of Wildlife Alliance in cooperation with the local community, with a mandate to sustain and prosper the rich prevailing biodiversity of the area.

The small scale and low-impact eco-tourism camp with nine basic but comfortable tented accommodations, is designed to provide guests with an all-encompassing nature experience, while actively contributing to research, protection and conservation efforts of the existing natural reserves.

Through strong collaboration with the nearby Trapeang Rung Commune and the extensive guidance of Wildlife Alliance, guests have the chance to undertake ranger-guided hikes and fieldtrips into the lowland evergreen rainforest during which they will learn how to track animals, set up and evaluate camera traps, as well as monitor and evaluate the park’s natural resources.

All of our tours and activities have been designed to provide guests with a meaningful and educational experience, while keeping the protection of the environment the key goal of the project.

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TENT DETAILS

The eco-camp is equipped with nine comfortable safari-style tents located inside Botum Sakor National Park that minimize the human footprint on nature and promote sustainable tourism. Each of the nine tents provides visitors with a fully-enclosed and mosquito-protected 32.6m² canvas tent. In-room amenities are the standard of a 3-star hotel, including twin or Queen double beds, sufficient fans, bamboo and rattan furniture, bathroom facilities with hot water, rain showers and spacious patios with sun chairs.

ROOM AMENITIES

  • Canvas-tented room set up on a 0.5m raised platform and balcony deck (12.6m²)
  • Bed types: Twin, Double or Triple beds
  • Comfortable mattress, pillow and blanket
  • Bedside and window fans
  • Sun-protected terrace / seating area
  • En suite private bathroom (6.7m²) with hot water and rain shower
  • Ambient lighting, candles, flashlight
  • 24-hour security on site
  • 24-hour electricity supply
  • Daily housekeeping
  • RIVERBANK RESTAURANT

    Our open-air communal style Riverbank Restaurant provides seating for 18 guests on a raised platform, patio and pier area, overlooking the idyllic, slow-moving Preak Tachan River. Our Khmer chef offers an assortment of delicious local Khmer and foreign dishes in a Set Menu style. Vegetarian options are also available on request. The menu is based on the availability of local and homegrown produce, and dishes are cooked without any flavor enhancers or additives. A wide range of alcoholic beverages including beers, cocktails and wines, are also on sale at the restaurant bar.

    AMENITIES

    • Free Wifi in public areas
    • Full-scale Restaurant & Bar
    • Full-board (B/L/D), water, soft drinks, coffee and tea
    • Wine and other alcoholic beverages available (on charge)

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ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW

Guests can take part in a number of exciting camp activities that are geared towards assisting in the nature conservation of the park, and which also involve and benefit the local communities in the area. Multiple activities are scheduled on a daily basis and are included in the overall package price. However, they differ slightly depending on whether guests have opted for a 3 Days/2 Nights (Soft) package, or a 4 Days / 3 Nights (Hard) package.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Patrolling with Forest Rangers
  • Setting up camera traps to monitor local wildlife
  • Learning survival skills in the rainforest
  • Finding and recording wildlife footprints and trails
  • Cataloging flora and fauna in the conservation areas
  • Exploring the river systems by kayak
  • Self-guided hikes along carefully prepared trails
  • Learning about negative influences of poaching, logging and sand dredging
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