Edition 3 – 2016

Filed in 2016, Uncategorized by on June 29, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller.

In this edition we go road tripping…

My hubby and I spend time at Mount Camdeboo in the Eastern Cape, in Stellenbosh,
Cape Town and the Elgin Valley. Here we get to appreciate history and art, fine wines,
fabulous food and epic adventures; wonderful wildlife and conservation initiatives as
well as heartwarming stories of community upliftment. We stay in the country… wine
farms and historic houses; at city hotels… old, new and sustainable. This is part one of
our epic #GreatCapeEScape.

Conservation and wildlife features highly in this edition. We start with the whale season
in Gansbaai and spend time at Gondwana’s new Tented Eco Camp with Louise from
Green Girls in Africa. Here we find out that even though it’s ‘not for sissies’ those more
at ease in luxury soon adapt and get to love the experience. And talking of luxury, we
spend time at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve where the wildlife experience is matched
by their commitment to their local community and conservation – a win-win for all.

On the whole travel can only be a win-win when all ‘players’ of this game we call tourism
are playing on the same field, all participating and each one focused on the part they
need to play. As travellers and guests we are in this game too. Albeit on the sidelines, our
responsibility is no less important – we get to choose which games we participate in,
who we shout for… and how we behave. We need to be mindful of our water and power
usage, to switch off when we leave the room and to recycle where possible. To stay,
shop, experience and eat local… thereby providing employment and contributing to
the local economy. By playing this game mindfully, by having conversations with locals
and experiencing the ‘real’ destination, we add value and return home with incredible
memories.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.

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