Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller Mag
It has been such a pleasure putting this mammoth edition together – all 186 pages of it, and choc-a-block full of fabulous conservation and community success stories.
Starting in the Greater Kruger National Park at Baobab Ridge where we experience a REAL safari, and at Thornybush Game Reserve to learn about the community projects and meet the K9 professionals of Tango K9. In KZN we head to the Drakensberg Mountains for a blissful time at the Cavern and discover their heart for community and education, at Babanango Game Reserve we find out what’s involved in establishing a conservation/community game reserve and realise that it takes way more than one would expect, and at Thanda Safari Villa iZulu we experience the adrenalin rush of an ‘almost Big5’ bush walk.
We not only delve into the declining numbers of several species and the threat of poaching and habitat destruction, but look at some of the conservation success stories too. These range from white rhino conservation at Welgevonden Game Reserve, the success of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, pangolin reintroduction and protection at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, cheetah conservation (as well as a fab safari experience) at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, as well as celebrating the success of an increasing penguin population with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. We visit Gorongosa Restoration Project with Angus Begg, the Seychelles with Lesley Stones and discover some of Thailand’s ‘green travel’ with Dawn Jorgensen.
Add to that an overview of Africa Travel Week’s responsible tourism programme and several travel, conservation and environment, news items – an exciting one being the imminent launch of Ojimah, a new travel tech solution that will be ‘changing tourism for the better’.
Enjoy the read, and as always, be the difference.
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