Kwa Zulu Natal and beach, self drive
US $3790ToUS $3900 including domestic flights only
Description of Kwa Zulu Natal and beach, self drive
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Efforts to Reduce Flying: Efforts have been made to reduce flying on this tour. Instead of internal flights, we've opted for a scenic drive, maximizing the use of ground transportation, specifically rental cars, to minimize air travel within South Africa. This choice not only reduces carbon emissions but also allows travelers to appreciate the beautiful landscapes along the way.
Renewable Energy: Accommodations on this trip have taken significant steps to incorporate renewable energy sources. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge and Thonga Beach Lodge, both part of the Isibindi Africa Lodges collection, have invested in large solar energy farms to power their facilities. This commitment to renewable energy significantly reduces their carbon footprint and reliance on non-renewable resources.
Human-Powered Transport: Human-powered transport is an integral part of this journey. The tour includes self-guided hikes, mountain biking, kayaking on the Bivane River, and scuba diving, which are all activities that rely on physical effort rather than motorized vehicles. These activities span multiple days, encouraging participants to actively engage with the natural environment in a sustainable manner.
ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE
Reducing Environmental Impact: Accommodation policies have been meticulously examined to ensure they reduce their environmental impact. For instance, Three Tree Hill Lodge employs staff from the local village of Hambrook and supports various community and conservation projects in the area through a Community & Conservation Levy. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to join guided walks in the neighbouring Spioenkop Game Reserve, further promoting local wildlife conservation, while Koubad Farm Lodge maintains a strict no-hunting policy to protect local wildlife.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge and Thonga Beach Lodge, both part of the Isibindi Africa Lodges collection, are committed to incorporating eco-conscious systems and initiatives wherever possible. This includes the removal of single use plastics which includes replacing plastic water bottles with a reusable bottle for each guest, and their refusal to serve seafood that is not ethically harvested.
Education Initiatives: Guests are provided with information about reducing their impacts on nature. This includes educating them about the region's unique biodiversity and conservation efforts. Most notably, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is actively involved with the conservation of white rhinos through the influential project “Operation Rhino”, while Thonga Beach Lodge engage guests in turtle conservation, offering the privilege of viewing turtles as they nest, all while ensuring minimal disturbance.
Local, Expert Nature Guides: Expert nature guides are a key feature of this tour. These guides are not only highly qualified but also come from the local community, ensuring that travelers gain a deep understanding of the environment and wildlife from those who know it best. Their knowledge and passion for conservation enrich the travelers’ experience and support local employment opportunities.
Locally Owned Accommodations: The majority of accommodations on this tour are locally owned, with a strong emphasis on supporting local businesses.
Community Support: Both Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge and Thonga Beach Lodge support the community by recycling unused lodge food into feeding schemes for neighbouring creches.
Fostering Economic Growth: To maximize local economic opportunities, this tour employs local guides, visits craft and cooperative markets, and includes village visits. For instance, guests have the chance to visit the Midlands Meander, known for its arts and crafts, and explore the local culture and cuisine, further contributing to the local economy.
EMPLOYMENT, INCLUSIVITY, AND DIVERSITY
Local Employment: A significant percentage of the people employed on this tour are from the host country, South Africa. A noteworthy example is Three Tree Hill Lodge, which employs staff from the nearby village of Hambrook and actively engages in community projects.
Inclusivity and Diversity: This tour actively creates income-generating opportunities for marginalized groups. For example, it supports women in the village of Hambrook through various projects, empowering them with opportunities for income and development. Additionally, by engaging with local communities and supporting their initiatives, this tour fosters inclusivity and diversity.
LGBTQ+ Friendly: This tour is LGBTQ+ friendly, embracing diversity and ensuring all travelers feel welcome and respected throughout their journey.
In summary, this tour makes a significant difference in terms of carbon reduction, environmental and wildlife conservation, support for the local economy, and employment inclusivity and diversity. It encourages sustainable travel practices while fostering positive impacts on both the environment and local communities.
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