Discover eco-friendly Africa and what it has to offer travellers
With the natural world under threat more than ever before, the need to become responsible custodians has created a different kind of experience for travellers venturing to a progressive eco-friendly Africa. It is called sustainable tourism, and this vast constant is leading the way. Tourists of all ages who want to understand Africa’s web of life and gain a greater appreciation for conservation, or those looking for a holiday with a difference, will return to the “real world” with an altered outlook on life after experiencing a green safari. These thinking travellers all want to make their contributions, however small, to the conservation of the natural world.
Promoting eco-friendly Africa and sustainable tourism
Governments and NGO’s across Africa have managed to promote sustainable tourism through various initiatives, including educating travellers about conserving resources through seeking out environmentally conscious businesses and by using the least possible amount of non-renewable resources. Local communities along the length and breadth of the continent benefit from these eco-friendly, sustainable and responsible projects. Tourism revenues bring economic growth and prosperity to attractive tourist destinations, which raise the standard of living in destination communities.
Wild Safari Guide highlights these top sustainable tourism spots in Africa.
South Africa: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
At more than a thousand hectares, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape is a natural fauna and flora wonderland. The management educates and employs members of the local community through sustainable living and conservation projects.
Namibia: Wilderness Damaraland Camp
Damaraland Camp on the Skeleton Coast offers visitors exquisite wildlife and cultural experiences set in a vast landscape. Local tribes in the area form part of the camp’s protection and management while earning an income and being trained.
Kenya: Ngwesi Camp
Ngwesi Camp is situated in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and travellers have the opportunity to spot the local wildlife, including lions and elephants, from the horizon pool. The local Maasai community assisted in building the camp and forms part of its sustainable environmental management.
Zambia: Islands of Siankaba Lodge
The Islands of Siankaba Lodge lies on two forested islands in the Zambezi River, a stone’s throw upstream from Victoria Falls. Members of local tribes conduct various tourist activities like sunset cruises, guided nature walks and white-water rafting.
Botswana: Chief's Camp
Chief’s Camp is in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, and guests staying here are afforded the opportunity to observe the endangered white rhino. A local NGO assists by involving local community members in the management of the camp.