Cardamom Tented Camp is an conservation tourism camp with nine safari-style tents in Cambodia’s Botum Sakor National Park.
In a unique partnership between two NGOs — Wildlife Alliance and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation — and operator YAANA Ventures, this tented camp in Botum Sakor National Park exists for nature’s sake. The partnership aims to keep 18,000 hectares of lowland forest out of the hands of poachers, loggers and sand mining operations. Under increasing threat from land clearance and rubber plantations, Botum Sakor’s endangered species, including the Pangolin and Clouded Leopard, are dependent on the success of sustainable tourism. Profits from the lodge help to sustain 12 permanent forest rangers, whose work since 2013 has seen a seven-fold reduction in snares found. Chainsaw use has stopped completely. Rather than acting in isolation, the rangers are integrated into guest experiences and play a key education role — not just for tourists, but for government officials looking for sustainable economic options beyond short-term extractive industries.