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Voluntourism – the issues…

Voluntourism – the issues…

The tourism industry, both locally and internationally, received the news of Paul Mediema’s unexpected passing with much sadness – this passionate man who stood for so much taken too soon. Written below are his thoughts and words… as an industry let us continue to ‘do’ tourism, and volunteering specifically, in a manner that he would […]

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My time with the Ju/’hoan San People

Filed in Community, Destination Africa, Namibia by on August 19, 2015
My time with the Ju/’hoan San People

Turning off the main road between Grootfontein and Rundu, at a road sign that indicates Tsumkwe 220 km, I was feeling rather sceptical.  We were heading for an area just west of KhaudumNational Park in the remote north-eastern part of Namibia. The assurance was an authentic cultural interaction with the Ju/’hoan San people. Unfortunately, my […]

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The people of Prana

The people of Prana

A province rich in diversity, the Eastern Cape is a captivating part of South Africa that is not only renowned for its scenic beauty but also for its culture and history, especially because it is celebrated as Nelson Mandela’s birthplace. Following in the footsteps of kindness that Madiba left, Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa owners, Tim and Gail Davidson, place a strong emphasis on community upliftment and the restoration […]

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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company committed to environmental and social responsibility

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company committed to environmental and social responsibility

  As a responsible tourism destination, the Cableway focuses on the three pillars of responsible tourism – environmental, social and economic responsibility.  Environmental Responsibility: In order to protect the unique environment within which it operates, the Cableway adheres to the following environmental policy 1. As custodians of a high-use area of Table Mountain, they are committed […]

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Fordoun’s green pastures and ‘green’ initiatives

Filed in Community, Environment, Spas by on May 23, 2014
Fordoun’s green pastures and ‘green’ initiatives

Not only is Fordoun situated in the green pastures of a successful Nottingham Road dairy farm, it is also firmly committed to the environment through a number of ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INITIATIVES. CRANE FOUNDATION – A number of years ago Fordoun donated 150 hectares of natural veld and wetland adjoining the estate, to the KwaZulu-Natal […]

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Makuleke Contractual Park wins Community Conservation Award

Filed in Awards, Community, Tourism Industry News by on July 24, 2013
Makuleke Contractual Park wins Community Conservation Award

Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce that the Makuleke Contractual Park (MCP) has won the Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Award for Community Conservation.  Title to the incredibly wild and biodiverse MCP (24 000-hectares in the extreme northern Kruger National Park) is held by the 15 000-strong Makuleke Community spread across three villages between Punda […]

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SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership builds on growing eco-tourism trend

Filed in Community, Conservation, Environment by on July 21, 2013
SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership builds on growing eco-tourism trend

Eco-tourism – often defined as low-impact, ecologically and culturally sensitive travel that benefits local communities and host countries – is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry. According to the World Tourism Organisation, a specialised United Nations agency, this branch of tourism is growing annually at a rate of 5% and represents 6% […]

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Anyone can make a difference…

Filed in Awareness, Community, Making a difference by on July 21, 2013
Anyone can make a difference…

Responsible travelling has become more and more widespread as a holiday choice – perhaps as a society, we are starting to realise that everything we do can have an impact – and we can choose how to fashion that effect in a manner that works for our beliefs.  But how can you leave a lasting […]

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The Quirimbas Archipelago – Dream the Responsible Dream

The Quirimbas Archipelago – Dream the Responsible Dream

GUEST POST – Amy Edmonds… Off Moçambique’s most northern stretch of coast lies a strand of emerald islands known as the Quirimbas Archipelago.  For centuries, the arresting quality of these islands has enslaved the imagination of many a traveller.  Ancient cartographers charted this string of idyllic coral islands as Ilhos do Cabo Delgado. Diogo do […]

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Phinda … a hand-up, not a hand-out

Phinda … a hand-up, not a hand-out

At first glance this could be any other private game reserve in Africa, with its incredible wildlife experiences, sumptuous cuisine and wonderfully luxurious suites, but pause a moment and you will discover an authentic African experience that has more than just your pleasure at heart. Taking the &Beyond philosophy of ‘care for the land; care […]

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