Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller.

What a year 2020 has been! In addition to the impact on our personal lives,
especially from a health and livelihood perspective, it has been exceptionally challenging to those in the travel industry. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost jobs and businesses as well as friends, family and colleagues to this dreadful virus.

Travel is in an ‘open-closed again’ cycle with only a few choosing to travel
at this time despite the travel industry being prepared and ready with all
precautions in place. But even if you aren’t planning to travel now, you can
DREAM and PLAN so that when the time arises you will be well prepared to
book your long overdue travels. And when travelling, please keep in mind all the safety precautions and regulations that are expected of us #BeTravelWise

In this edition we explore all things wild and wonderful – from the wonders
of Khao Sok National Park in Thailand with Elephant Hills, and a conservation success story in the making at Babanango Game Reserve in KZN. I get up-close to nature at Mhondoro Safari Lodge in Limpopo’s Waterberg Mountains and give you the low-down of what to do in KZN’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park – from game drives to birdwatching, ocean safaris, turtle tours and bird watching. As if that’s not enough to get you dreaming, how about experiencing the wonder of the Marine Big Five in Gansbaai?

But as always, the responsibility of being a responsible traveller lies ultimately with the person travelling and the choices they make. Remember to stay, shop, experience and eat local and to search for the off the beaten track sites and experiences – many small businesses are depending on you. This all goes a long way in helping to provide employment, contributing to the local economy and making a difference in people’s lives.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference

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