South Africa luxury wildlife adventure

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Responsible tourism: South Africa luxury wildlife adventure

Environment

- All our shark diving tours are operated by responsible companies who run the trips to fund extensive and valuable research into sharks and whales.

- The lodges we use for safaris are all eco-friendly and highly responsible, leaving as small a footprint as possible. This might be through the use of solar power or using as much locally acquired resources and produce as possible. Luxury travel also follows a low-impact, high-profit model, which is crucial in conservation.

- Lodges protect the surrounding land and wildlife by streaming the profits gained through tourism back into the environment and community. This is often seen in stepped-up anti-poaching measures, for example.

- Sabi Sands is a private reserve with strict rules on wildlife interaction - for example, a maximum of three vehicles around each sighting, which makes the animals feel less harassed.

- The guides are all experts in the local environment and wildlife, knowledge which they pass on to their guests. Through education, we help our clients to become more aware and in tune with the natural world.

- For each of our Africa trips sold, we donate money to a conservation project based in South Africa and Botswana. Our conservation charity is Rhinos Without Borders (rhinoswithoutborders.com), which aims to move 100 rhinos from South Africa, where poaching is high, to the relative safety of Botswana.

Community

- Our guides, drivers and rangers are locals, which helps us support and sustain the local economy through tourism in a long-term way. It also gives our clients a more authentic experience of a destination and a chance to meet local people, aiding their knowledge of the place and culture. This understanding is key for people to get the most out of a trip and to firm up relationships between locals and tourists.

- The hotels and lodges we use are staffed by locals, which follows on from our own policy regarding local guides. This serves to empower the community and create long-term, stable and well-paid jobs.

- Most of the hotels and lodges we use have their own community projects that they support with their own profits.

- For each of our Africa trips sold, we donate money to a community charity in South Africa. The community charity we support is Uthando (uthandosa.org), which funds community development projects in some of the poorest areas in and around Cape Town. Most recently we helped fund a daycare centre for over 60 children, all of whom previously had nowhere to go during the day.

Reviews of South Africa luxury wildlife adventure

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Everything! The build up with the amazing Tess and Amanda at the vacation providers were fantastic.The Birkenhead House is the best hotel I have ever stayed in,truly wonderful,the rooms,food,location and the staff were all above anything i have ever experienced,really wish it was a quick flight away for weekend breaks! Tess was right when she said we wouldnt want to leave..we didnt! The Shark Diving was truly a bucket list ticked,always wanted to see the Great Whites and they didnt disappoint,incredible,wanted to do it again but sadly one of the days was cancelled due to bad weather.Loved Hermanus and all that surrounding coastline,just breathtaking.Cape Town was fun,we had a wonderful guide Ash from Jarot Tours,he was so lovely and talked about everything with such humour,he made the 3 days we spent with him just perfect,it was sad to say goodbye! Then the last leg at Thornybush was like a scene from childhood storys,never imagined we would actually see as much as we did,never mind Leopards and Black Rhinos,which considering they only had 7 in 35,000 acres of private reserve,we saw 2 different ones,so magical and humbling.We had the best guide Christoff and his spotter Hendrik,who were amazing and patient with our questions and giggles! We were so glad we booked an extra night there,most people seemed to spent 2/3 days on Safari,but i feel we built up a great relationship with everyone and every single morning and evening drive we saw something different,magic,truly magic...we just hope the rains hit hard for them soon,as so many animals are dying from the drought,which is heartbreaking,that and the dreadful poaching.Thornybush was a wonderful place,our rooms were gorgeous,the electric blankets at night were a definite a high point..!!! Must just name Advice who looked after us at meal times,we miss her still.One thing i must say about the little we saw of the amazing South Africa was how clean everywhere was,puts us Brits to shame! The people were all wonderful,everything was wonderful,I felt very sad to leave! This is our second vacation with Responsible travel,the first being in Baja to see the Grey Whales with the wonderful Nic Slocum,we gained lovely friends from that trip and have made some more new ones on this trip. Im already looking into our third trip with you guys in the future,more of Africa still to see! From start to finish you guys make it all so very easy,thank you!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just do it..!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes,especially the Great White Shark conservation team at Marine Dynamics.
Thornybush to,all the wonderful produce we ate came from locals not far away,who in turn also supported there nursery school,my sister and I flew out with so many crayons,felt tips,pencils and chalks for the young children up there,we wanted to do something if only very small to help!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would like to tick your 5 star I am reborn box,but this trip is equal to our Baja one,very different adventures,but both truly magical,South Africa may just have the edge as no horrid jet lag..!!

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