Ecotourism has become something of a buzzword across the travel industry, fuelled by travellers’ rising awareness of the need to safeguard our planet. A huge wave of demand for eco-friendly vacations is gathering strength, alongside pressure from tourism bodies and many camp and lodge operators’ growing realisation of the need to work with local communities to preserve the precious flora and fauna with which we share our world. And, through tourism activity, we can contribute to the local economy too.
Particularly in wild places, supporting some of Africa’s last few remaining endangered species and marginalised communities, the importance of responsible travel is ever present. While some operators across the sector take steps such as using solar power to support their energy consumption, and seeking to recycle as much as possible, a handful of camps and lodges go above and beyond to actively deliver on the eco-message set out in their business plan and strive to have minimal negative impact on the environment.