Vacation in South Africa, Madikwe and Waterberg

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your requirements
Vacation type

Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and zipcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vacation in South Africa, Madikwe and Waterberg

Madikwe Game reserve
North west of Johannesburg, this reserve is a real partnership between local communities, the parks board and private investors, such as Jaci's Camp, which we highly recommend. The result is higher employment in this poor area, a revitalised environment, and increased wildlife. We work in cooperation with local communities as far as possible. We offer fairly-traded revenue and use locally owned and run services such as hotels. Because of this you should find that your hosts are welcoming and open in their invitations to show you their region and cultures. We try to ensure that the local people are happy to receive tourists in their home region, and are informed of the possible impact. We will avoid traveling to any areas where we know tourism is not welcome.

To organise our trips we use local conservationists or operators who have a strong environmental background. We vet the operating policy of everyone we work with. This company were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip - excluding flights - remains in the destination.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

1 Reviews of Vacation in South Africa, Madikwe and Waterberg

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2005 by

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

Most exciting - seeing lions, leopard and African wild dogs eating, sleeping or playing from only a few feet away. Most memorable - visit to Soweto.

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

We did a late booking, but I would recommend booking early to ensure you visit the reserves you really want.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

All centres were very conservation minded. Benefit to local people harder to assess in South Africa.

4. Any other comments?

We had a really great vacation.

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