Great Safaris Unveils Good Earth Eco-Tourism Adventure
PHOTO: The greatest wildlife on earth are in danger of extinction. (Photo by David Cogswell)
African travel specialist Great Safaris is offering a new conservation-minded safari package called the Good Earth Eco-Tourism Adventure for ecology minded travelers.
Safari operators are inevitably more environmentally conscious than most other tour operators because of the environments where they operate and the constant danger posed to the wildlife treasures of Africa. But Great Safaris’ Good Earth Eco-Tourism Adventure goes the extra kilometer to assure participants that they are doing their share to protect the great wildernesses of the earth.
The trip is designed to keep the carbon footprint at a minimum as well as to take steps to contribute to the communities in the areas where the tours take place.
One of the central pillars of the idea of sustainable tourism is to include local communities in the benefits of tourism so they will not be driven to use the wildlife in other ways for their own survival, such as hunting for food or poaching. Poaching, or killing great wildlife to use their body parts to feed underground markets for such things as ivory or rhino horn, is less likely to take place if local people can take part in tourism and see the benefits of it.
If local people are desperate to feed their families, they are more likely to fall prey to offers from black marketers dealing in such unseemly practices.
Great Safaris will donate a portion of the profits from each safari to one of the organizations that protect Africa’s wilderness environments and wildlife.
The 12-day Good Earth Eco-Tourism Adventure begins in Cape Town and includes a carbon neutral hop-on/hop-off bus tour exploring The Mother City. It includes a ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town, then a trip down the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point and the Castle of Good Hope, and a visit to the Cheetah Outreach Center.
Also included is a trip to the Cape Winelands, including a “carbon-negative” bike tour of the winelands and lunch at the La Motte Restaurant and Winery, which is notable for its socially responsible practices.
At Grootbos Private Nature Reserve the travelers will be able to plant a tree as part of the rehabilitation of the Milkwood forests. The stay at Grootbos will include a boat adventure to see dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and sharks, and optional horseback riding, bird watching and hiking.
The trip includes some time in Johannesburg, and participants are encouraged to bring supplies from home to donate to local people who need them. The trip concludes with a three-night safari experience in Kruger National Park, with twice daily game drives and the full wilderness experience at a comfortable lodge.
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