Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller – in this edition we consider responsible tourism as a vehicle for realising peoples’
hopes and dreams…
We explore the coastal splendour of southern Mozambique and northern
KwaZulu-Natal and discover how the dream of a few good men and women
makes a difference to both individuals and their communities – with visits to Isibindi Africa’s Thonga Beach Lodge and Kosi Forest Lodge in KZN and the community trust owned Anvil Bay Chemucane in Mozambique. In keeping with this we revisit the story of five Eastern Cape farmers who saw the need to conserve not only the land and their family heritage, but also contribute meaningfully to their local communities – this resulted in the creation of Amakhala Game Reserve and its respective lodges.
Responsible Traveller digital mag has the privilege of once again being a
media partner for the African Responsible Tourism Awards as well as WTM Africa – and proudly feature it’s Responsible Tourism programme: the speakers and panelists, programmes and topics of discussion as well as the list of finalists for the African Responsible Tourism Awards. Compiling this edition has once again made me exceptionally proud to be part of this change for good within the tourism industry – seeing so many of the success stories just proves that a sustainable future for tourism is possible.
But as I have said on numerous occasions, the responsibility of being a
responsible traveller lies ultimately with the person travelling and the choices they make. It’s about choosing to not waste water, to switch off when you leave the room, to stay, shop, experience and eat local… thereby providing employment and contributing to the local economy. By choosing to have conversations with locals and experiencing the ‘real’ destination, you add value and return home with irreplaceable memories.
Enjoy the read… and be the difference.
Read the digital mag HERE