Responsible Travel in Africa- Do’s and Don’ts
The Do’s and Don’ts of Responsible Travel in Africa
If you are interested to go for ecotourism in Africa, then there are certain points which you must keep in mind when visiting this continent. Given below are some of the key points that one should take note of when on a vacation to Africa.
- Travel with reputable operators and competent safari guides.
- Choose eco-friendly accommodation facilities – an increasing number of African lodges and safari camps are switching to environmentally responsible services, using solar and wind power, treating wastewater, keeping litter and garbage away from protected areas, and aiding local conservation works.
- Try to visit community projects which are supported by your lodge or camp.
- Support local conservation projects in the destinations you visit.
- Respect local cultures and encourage community benefits.
- While on safari, try supporting projects and properties which may prove beneficial for the local populace by way of employment, community development, and the preservation of traditional livelihoods.
- Follow only designated roads in wildlife parks and reserves; off-road driving may injure small animals that are hidden in the grass, change natural drainage patterns, and cause great damage to grass and woodland habitats.
- Do not disturb animals, plants or their natural habitats. Try to remain as quiet as possible.
- Do not feed any animal in the wild, because it can upset their diet and result in an unnatural dependence on people.
- Take care not to disturb the ecological balance of the areas you visit.
- Keep all your litter out of protected areas as these can be very harmful for wild animals.
You may visit the websites of “responsible travel” agencies like “BaobabTravel.Com” and “ResponsibleTravel.Com” to get an idea of what an ideal ecotourism package should include.
In case you would like to get more information on green travel, we suggest that you check our section on “Eco Travel.”