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

Aardvark Safari's Top 5 Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2016   The world’s changing fast. The climate is warming. Wildlife migration patterns are changing. Some of our natural resources are dwindling. And sometimes it feels like the people with power have no interest in doing anything about it. Sometimes, it seems, the rest of us - those without a lot of political or philanthropic sway, but who do want to do something about it - are powerless to stem the literal rising tide of ecological disaster.   But it’s important to know that we’re not powerless...
GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training: Upcoming Classes in South Africa, Washington DC and Greece The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program is designed to benefit tourism industry practitioners including hotels, operators, tourism destinations, and professionals involved in sustainability standards for travel and tourism. The training covers global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices, and provides a comprehensive overview of the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.   Please review the upcoming training...
CapeNature and Mountain Club SA welcome international climbers To showcase South Africa’s world class rock climbing, CapeNature and the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) will welcome members of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) for a 10-day climbing tour of the country.   Starting in the Cederberg Wilderness Area, the teams will climb together and share knowledge and experiences of this rapidly growing activity. The climbers will visit the world famous Wolfberg Cracks in the Cederberg before experiencing Table Mountain in Cape Town and Blouberg in Limpopo...
From left to right: CapeNature Tourism Manager Ramese Mathews, CapeNature Executive Director: Marketing & Eco-tourism Sheraaz Ismail, CapeNature Chief Executive Officer Dr Razeena Omar, Comet Corporation Managing Director Bruce See (representing Eco-tourism Africa).   CapeNature earns first ever ECO certification in Southern Africa   CapeNature’s Kogelberg, Robberg and Goukamma Nature Reserves have become the first tourism products in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to have been awarded the prestigious ECO Certification by...
A Responsible Tourism HopTour of West Africa Justine and Mahery, the founders of Hopineo, are leaving France for a 5 months HopTour in West Africa. Their goal is to meet around 20 responsible tourism facilities to swap their competencies in exchange for room and food, collect as many responsible tourism good practices as possible, and develop the Hopineo network.   At first, the two founders went on a 4 month Tour of France in 2014 to start the project, feeling they should get to know the responsible tourism sector in their own country before developing the network worldwide....
Interview with CapeNature, A TIES Premium Plus Member CapeNature, a TIES Premium Plus Member, is a public institution with the responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. They are driven to create a successful "conservation economy", in which all the citizens of the Western Cape community transform the area's biodiversity into source of local economic development. In order to achieve these goals, they implement various programs such as youth education, stewardship, and ecotourism development.  1. Why do you see sustainability as important...
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...

 

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