The Sustainable Safari: Eco-Friendly and EthicalApril 26, 2018
With travellers becoming more and more aware of the negative impact that tourism can have on natural and cultural environments, Sustainable Travel has never been more popular.
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL?
According to the World Tourism Organization, the term ‘Sustainable Travel’ refers to the “management of all resources in such a way that economic, social, and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support systems.”
When you truly love and appreciate something, it’s natural for you to want others to feel the same way. This is how we feel about Africa. With so many opportunities for wonderful encounters and experiences, we feel it’s vital to protect the magic and beauty of Africa in order to be able to share it with travellers and future generations.
Fortunately, we’re not alone in this vision. Many safari lodges and camps in Africa are adopting more eco-friendly and ethical efforts to create a sustainable future for tourism.
Here are three of our favourite lodges that have totally embraced the essence of sustainable travel:
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
Situated in a highly delicate desert ecosystem, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp prides itself on being eco-friendly and completely conservation conscious. Some of the camps green practices include being 100% solar-powered, using innovative eco-friendly systems to break down wastewater, as well as maximising on natural light, air movement and insulation. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp also supports the Namibia Desert Lion Conservation and assists with protecting a unique population of desert-adapted elephants. Due to its remote location in Kaokoland, this luxurious tented camp is accessible only by light aircraft, providing guests with the feeling of being truly removed from reality.
Stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp on our Namibia Luxury Safari: https://www.journeysdiscoveringafrica.com/tour/wildlife/namibia-luxury-safari/
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda
Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Virunga Mountain Range, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is just a few minutes away from the entrance to Parc National de Volcans, where travellers can set off on foot to experience an unforgettable gorilla-trekking expedition. Not only is gorilla-trekking an excellent form of ethical travel as it contributes to gorilla conservation, but Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge also contributes directly to the local community. The lodge is owned by the Sabyinyo Community Lodge Association (SACOLA), but it is managed by Governors’ Camp, who pay SACOLA a fee for every bed-night utilised. This money is then used to build houses and fund sustainable agriculture projects. In addition to this, about 90% of the staff at Sabyinyo are local Rwandans, and most of the food is grown by community members.
Stay at this high-end, 16-bed conservation lodge on our Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari: https://www.journeysdiscoveringafrica.com/tour/gorillas/rwanda-gorilla-trekking-safari/
Rhino Sands Safari Lodge, South Africa
Rhino Sands Safari Lodge is a newly opened luxury tented camp situated within the Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Designed from scratch with conservation and sustainability in mind, it was constructed with minimal disruption to the natural forest and runs entirely on solar power. Rhino Sands also reduced their environmental impact by offering organic coffee and teas, wines produced using biodynamic methods, seasonal menus, and biodegradable and organic amenities.
For help planning and booking your eco-friendly and ethical safari experience, get in touch with us!
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