ecoDestinations - Africa

ecoDestinations - Africa

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Africa is most famous for its awe-inspiring safari experiences. Hundreds of thousands of animals, such as elephants, rhinos, zebras, and giraffes will migrate across open savannahs. Flamingos will laze about large lakes and lions will hunt their prey.

 

But that’s not all that Africa has to offer. It is also a very multicultural continent, with thousands of different ethnic groups, languages, and cultures. The most famous of the traditional peoples of Africa is, perhaps, the Maasai, a semi-nomadic people recognizable by their beads, colorful clothing, and “jumping” warrior dances. In addition, Africa has been shaped by foreign influences throughout history, such as the Arab, Asian, and Persian traders and the European missionaries and colonists.

 

Moreover, Africa is known as the “cradle of civilization”. Significant archaeological sites have discovered human’s oldest fossils on this continent. Found here are numerous rock paintings, depicting ancients symbols, figures, and animals, that are not to be missed.

 

In all, Africa has a colorful and unique landscape of natural beauty and historical sites. However, like many continents, Africa is seeing its forests disappear, its lakes shrink, and its glaciers recede. The destruction of its natural habits comes about through a variety of issues. As Africa is already home to 1 billion people, its population is expected to quadruple by the end of the century. As the population increases, people expand into wildlife’s habitats, increasing the number of conflicts between wildlife and humans. For example, farmers will often shoot down lions in retaliation for preying on their livestock.

 

Poaching is another issue in Africa. Endangered animals are often killed for a single body part, such as a tusk, a pelt, or bones, and then sold illegally for exorbitant amounts of money on the black market. Key to conservation efforts are creating wildlife corridors, educating the public, and providing alternative livelihoods, such as ecotourism.

 

Before you travel to any destination, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself on sustainable tourism initiatives. Familiarize yourself on different ecotourism certifications, read articles on social issues, book with ecolodges and ecotours, and read about individual countries in our ecoDestinations program!

 

Certifications Programs

Certification sets standards and helps distinguish genuine ecotourism and sustainable tourism businesses from others that make empty claims. While in Africa, make sure to look for these certification brands!
 

         

Latest News and Articles on Africa

Photo by Botswana Tourism Organization Mombo Camps voted Best Hotel in the World; Chobe Game Lodge among Top 20 Lodges and Resorts in Africa + the Middle East The 2013 Travel + Leisure World's Best Hotels results are in and two of Botswana's ecotourism-certified camps were voted among the top hotels in the world. Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo Camp), which is located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana, received the top overall score in the world for rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. Chobe Game Lodge,...
A Small Travel Company Fights for a Big Cause - Elephants! Founders of Hidden Places Travel, veterinarian Dr. Dag Goering and his wife, Maria Coffey, have received support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in their fight to save elephants from catastrophic poaching.   In 2007 Dag had a life-changing encounter with a baby elephant in India that led him and Maria to start Elephant Earth, the conservation branch of their adventure travel company, Hidden Places. Currently they are focused on efforts to combat the huge escalation in the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks...
  New Classification System for Accommodations Aims to Strengthen Morocco’s Competitiveness as a Tourism Destination UNWTO, the Government of Morocco and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement to support the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco in the implementation of a new classification system for tourism accommodation establishments.   The project will build capacity within the Ministry of Tourism to set up the new classification system, a central part of Morocco’s tourism strategy "Vision 2020". The new system should...
Running With the Maasai Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon, which will be held in Laikipia North on September 28th, 2013. Runners from across the world are set to gather again in the foothills of Mt. Kenya for this unique running challenge and to experience life in the African bush.    "The run takes place in a very remote area, far off the tourist trails", explain race directors Sarah Edson and Molly Fitzpatrick. Vast African vistas are the backdrop and a very special Maasai community is your host – it is truly...
Botswana Ecotourism Certification System Botswana Tourism realizes that "green" is more than just a color or concept – it is a way of life. Botswana's commitment to the conservation of its natural resources, rich wildlife, and cultural heritage was formalized in 2002 with the inception of the country's National Ecotourism Strategy, which positions Botswana as a leading sustainable tourism destination and has led to the development of the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, a voluntary, tourism industry-wide program run by Botswana Tourism.   The...
Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), Nairobi, Kenya, Sept 24-27, Explores How Tourism Can Help Alleviate Poverty and Achieve Sustainable Development.   January 22, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC – The seventh annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society, co-hosted by Kenya Tourist Board and Ecotourism Kenya and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 24th-27th, 2013. A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and...
  Simon Mtuy, Founder and CEO of Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience (SENE), will be featured in two television shows on the National Geographic channel this Friday, January 18 from 6-7 pm US Eastern Time, as part of the Access 360 Degrees World Heritage series. The first show will feature Simon's sustainable method of bee keeping and honey harvesting with his community development NGO Hope Through Opportunity Tanzania. The second show will feature the 2012 Kilimanjaro Stage Run and Simon's reforestation efforts.   You can see teasers of these television...
On the 13 and 14 September 2012, took place in Cotonou Convention Center, the National Validation Workshop of the Strategic Plan for the Development of Ecotourism. This workshop was attended by a hundred participants from various institutions in the field of tourism and related areas. These include sectoral ministries, government both national and decentralized associations of tourism professionals, agencies, bilateral and multilateral development assistance, non-governmental organizations and associations to promote ecotourism in Benin. It was officially opened by his Excellency Mr. Jean...
Kenya tourism team at the announcement of the ESTC13 in Monterey, California   On Wednesday, September 19th, during the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Monterey, California, TIES and its partners announced Kenya as the host destination of the ESTC13.   Kenya is a magical destination blessed with a diverse range of authentic experiences; from savannahs rich with big game to timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, from pristine beaches and coral reef to mighty snow-capped mountains, from searing deserts to cool highland retreats. In addition to...
Gautier Amoussou, National Coordinator, Eco-Benin Gautier Amoussou has been actively contributing to the development of various ecotourism projects and services, such as village homestay, ecolodges, local guiding programs, carbon offset projects at mangroves plantation on the Ahémé Lake and clean cook stove installations help improve local people's lives. Gautier has also led the organization of the "Solidarity Caravan" in West Africa, engaging people from across Benin, as well as Togo, Ghana, Burkina-Faso, France, Germany and Italy.   As the...

 

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