Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller.
In this edition we celebrate Africa…
And more specifically the winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 held at WTM Africa in April. With winners from a number of African countries, we get to ‘travel’ far and wide and experience their best practice examples of how to do responsible tourism well. Be inspired by their stories and encouraged to take responsibility for your impact on communities, conservation and the environment.
Be moved by history as you read about my visit to Isandlwana Lodge on the KZN Battlefields, where story-teller Lindizwe Ngobese brought to life the heart rendering events of that fateful day. Be amazed by nature as we follow the accounts of orca predation on great white sharks in Gansbaai with the conservation team at Marine Dynamics and be inspired by the life and art of the local community at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge. We learn about conserving ‘through restitution and growth’ at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, and we were reminded by SA Tourism at INDABA 2017 that when #WeDoTourism right everyone’s a winner.
But as I always say, 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