Making a difference

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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Zululand Conservation Experience

Zululand Conservation Experience

This hands-on conservation volunteer programme covers two unique conservation areas located in the Zululand and Maputaland regions of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and the seaside village of Ponto Do Oura in Mozambique.  This region falls within one of the top 21 Hot Spots for biodiversity on Earth and this unique programme is designed so that participants […]

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International Marine Volunteers

International Marine Volunteers

“At International Marine Volunteers our mission is to inspire our volunteers to make a difference in the world around them by providing them with life-changing opportunities and experiences, and creating awareness that eco-tourism, conservation, community, research and education can all dovetail into a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship.” – Meredith Thornton, IMV Manager The legendary […]

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Pafuri Camp – an amazing story of positivity

Pafuri Camp – an amazing story of positivity

Pafuri Camp – It’s not every day you get to witness a creature’s first steps. The baby zebra is just a few minutes old when we come across it. Still half-covered in its amniotic sac and bewildered as its mother nervously fends off over-inquisitive buffalo.  Eventually she settles enough to remove the remainder of the […]

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Energy savings at the Winchester Mansions in Cape Town

Energy savings at the Winchester Mansions in Cape Town

Another Cape Town hotel that’s moving towards being sustainable is the Cape Dutch styled WINCHESTER MANSIONS. This iconic sea front hotel is not a new build, so the challenges of embracing the new technologies of sustainability were always going to be a challenge. The recent addition of a solar PV system on the hotel roof has already seen a reduction in carbon […]

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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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Luxury Travel…

Filed in Awareness, Making a difference, Wildlife & Safari by on September 27, 2014
Luxury Travel…

To many, luxury travel and responsible travel are on opposite ends of the travel spectrum… Responsible Traveller posed some questions to four of the top luxury safari operators in Southern Africa to get their response. Can Luxury Travel be considered responsible travel?  Great Plains Conservation: Definitely… in fact luxury travel is possibly the only way […]

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Children in the Wilderness benefit from Amazing Thailand Golf Day

Filed in Making a difference, News, Tourism Industry News by on January 15, 2014
Children in the Wilderness benefit from Amazing Thailand Golf Day

A conservation and youth programme, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), was the main beneficiary of the first Amazing Thailand Golf Day held at the Zwartkop Country Club in mid-December 2013. An amount of R6 500.00 was raised through the raffle of a grand prize which was an eight-day trip for two to Thailand. Among the 120 […]

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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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