September 2014

Filed in 2014, Uncategorized by on September 29, 2014

Welcome to another DIGITAL edition of Responsible Traveller…

Spring has sprung in the southern hemisphere and year end looms… Many will be planning their Christmas holiday travels and others their ‘bucket list’ trips for 2015. Often on that list is an epic African safari, and a luxury one at that. Which brings me to the focus of this issue – responsible luxury travel.

The question is often asked, ‘how can luxury travel be responsible?’ Others would say, ‘how can it not ‘. We chat to Fairtrade Tourism and four of Southern Africa’s top luxury travel safari operators to get their views on the subject. Get to ‘experience’ Fairtrade accredited Sabi Sabi and Tswalu Kalahari, Heritage certified Cape Grace and Karkloof Safari Spa – four different luxury experiences, all making a difference in some way.

September being the month of World Rhino Day, we celebrate some of Southern Africa’s conservation success stories, from the community conservation efforts at Somkhanda in KwaZulu-Natal, to the ‘Rhinos Without Borders’ campaign that aims to translocate 100 rhino to safer environments. Make your donation through Trevolta.com and share your ‘rhino selfie’ with us on the Responsible Traveller Facebook Page. And Talking Of Sharing, Remember To share your experiences with us, tell us about your ‘travel like a local’ experiences and your making a difference moments.

We are also encouraged to ‘get off our couches, beach towels and coffee shop chairs’and explore our own cities. What better way to be a responsible traveller… no carbon footprint and great opportunities to interact with, and experience local cuisine and culture. Once again from a responsible tourism point of view, remember that not all establishments and activities will tick all the boxes – so all the more reason for you as the ‘traveller’ to travel with care, and be mindful of the impact that you’re making on a destination.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.

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