Category Archives: Responsible Tourism

An African Success Story at the 2014 World Responsible Tourism Awards

For the 11th year in a row, the World Responsible Tourism Awards took place today at the World Tourism Market (WTM) in London and it has been quite a day for the African responsible tourism industry. Earlier this year, a call for nominations was made in 11 categories that vary slightly from year to year to help raise awareness of the issues

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Travel in the Spirit of Ubuntu (Part 4)

Take only Memories, Leave Nothing but Footprints Africa is blessed with some of the most beautiful, prime wilderness areas in the world. Many of these have received some form of protection under national and/or international legislation, and countries like Botswana and Tanzania, which boast some of the greatest biodiversity on the continent, have established large networks of protected areas. From

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Travel in the Spirit of Ubuntu (Part 3)

The Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Overconsumption and waste are global issues that we can all take more responsibility for.  At home, many of us are consciously reducing our waste and recycle whatever and whenever we can. However, what happens when we are on holiday? Are we still as mindful? Many developing destinations often have inadequate waste disposal systems

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Travel in the Spirit of Ubuntu (Part 2)


Traversing with Cultural Sensitivity Africa is the second largest continent with an area of over 30 million km2; however, most people do not realise the extent of its size, because of historical misrepresentations on many maps. A few years ago The True Size of Africa overlay map depicted the true immensity of this continent by showing how China, USA, India, and all of Europe

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Travel in the Spirit of Ubuntu (Part 1)

Most of us are at least somewhat aware of the devastating impact that mass tourism can have. Thousands of tourists on package holidays fly to remote beach locations in Africa overflowing with large all-inclusive resorts, which are often built without regard to their impact on the local environment and without adopting any green practices. This year-round stream of tourists uses

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World RT Awards Nomination – Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini treehouse

The World Responsible Tourism Awards were established in 2004 “to celebrate the heroes and share the stories of the most exciting and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world”. Ever since I visited Chole Mjini first in 2001, Jean & Anne de Villiers have been my heroes of responsible tourism. At the time, they lived a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle with their two children,

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Meet WTM Africa RT Speed Marketing Participants

We are hosting an inaugural WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Speed Marketing Session, which promises to be a value-packed 60 minutes, showcasing unique and exciting responsible tourism products that can add value to YOUR particular sales offering. Join us and you’ll discover a number of Cape Town’s true tourism treasures. These cover everything from tour operators to accommodation, transport and activities, along

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Responsible Tourism Speed Marketing Session

Please join us for the inaugural WTM Africa ~ Responsible Tourism Speed Marketing Session ~ A Value-Packed 60 Minutes with Unique and Exciting Responsible Tourism Products! The inaugural WTM Africa takes place in Cape Town on 2nd & 3rd May. The organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, has a long track record of promoting responsible tourism at its WTM brand trade shows.

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