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News, views, and reviews on sustainable tourism with particular relevance to the United Nations 75th anniversary #UN75 and the Sustainable Tourism Development Goals (SDGs).

Mhondoro Safari Lodge diverts food production to support local community in need

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa has successfully started organic food production at Platbank, its newly acquired farm bordering the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo province). In line with Mhondoro’s food philosophy of ‘fresh, simple and organic’, its chefs ...

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WINK Aparthotel offers furnished apartments for COVID-19 quarantine stays

WINK, a self-catering aparthotel located in the heart of the Mother City in Cape Town, has opened up 30 fully furnished, sanitised studio apartments for immediate occupation, for short- and long-stay rentals at discounted rates, for those affected by Covid-19 ...

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WWF-SA Backs New Sustainability Award In Wine And Food Tourism

Delaire Graff Estate breakfast on the deck

Cape Town, 10 March 2020 – For tourism in South Africa to raise its contribution to GDP, expand economic opportunity and accelerate inclusive growth, it has to tackle the issue of sustainability head-on, says Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual ...

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Panorama

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a five-star premium eco-luxury lodge, is set in a pristine Milkwood forest overlooking Walker Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.  Beyond a luxury experience, progressive tourism is incorporated into every level of the ...

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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Motse camp at Tswalu Game Reserve in South Africa

Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is Nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, ...

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Tented Adventures

Committed to low impact environmental and eco-friendly accommodation, Tented Adventures’ Pilanesberg National Park Safari Camp, and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are perfectly positioned with minimal permanent structures within their respective campgrounds. The ‘Glamping’ experience that Tented ...

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Tenikwa Wildlife Rehab Centre

Fair Trade Tourism certifiedTenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre, a non-profit organisation located close to Plettenberg Bay, uses tourism as a platform to raise awareness about threats facing South Africa’s indigenous wild cats, using the funds it generates from tourism ...

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LUX Resorts and Hotels

LUX Four Seasons Resort Mauritius

LUX* Resorts and Hotels has embarked on a journey towards a carbon-clean future, known as ‘Tread Lightly’. Working with Ecosur Afrique, LUX* asks for a voluntary donation of €1 per room night – 32.5 per cent of which goes towards ...

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How to Tread Lightly in Ecotourism

footprint on boardwalk

As a travel writer, I’ve visited many sustainable tourism destinations and eco-friendly hotels across the world. They’re doing their bit but how can you, as an eco-conscious traveller, play your part? By Holly Tuppen. Here are a few simple tips ...

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Amakhala Safari Lodge

Amakhala Safari Lodge

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout the prestigious Safari Lodge on the northern boundary of Amakhala Game Reserve. ...

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Sibuya Game Reserve

Aerial view of Sibuya Game Reserve

Located on the coast at Kenton on Sea in the Eastern Cape and spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, the malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve, Tented Camps and Lodge is South Africa’s only ...

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Towards a Visa-Free Africa

United States of Africa Passport

One Africa – One Visa – One Passport. An idyllic dream that could become reality within this decade. In this article, we explore the African Passport and Free Movement of People, the Africa Visa Openness Index, and a multi-stage walkathon ...

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Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Tourism Declares Climate Emergency Logo

A new network of organisations, companies and individuals working in tourism has come together to join other industries and regions in declaring a climate emergency. Launched on 14 January 2020 at tourismdeclares.com, the declaration commits signatories to accelerate their own ...

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Environmental Risks: The Worlds Biggest Challenge

Boy on beach looking at plastic waste

The top five biggest challenges facing the world over the next decade are, for the first time, all related to the environment, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020. The report, based on a survey of more than ...

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500 Million USD Investment to Accelerate Progress Towards UN SDGs

SDG500 Logo

A coalition of private and public sector launches SDG500, a groundbreaking USD$500 million investment platform to accelerate progress towards the SDGs Davos, Switzerland, 22 January 2020 – A coalition of private and public sector organisations, including United Nations entities, non-governmental ...

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United Nations Launches 75th Anniversary Dialogues

United Nations 75th Anniversary logo

The biggest global conversation on the world’s future starts now. 01 January 2020 heralded the launch of the #UN75 initiative – the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The ...

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World’s Longest Walkathon to Promote Sustainable Tourism in Africa

World globe with walkathon logo icon

CAPE TOWN, 01 January 2020 – Walk4Africa, a continent-wide public participation multi-stage coastal beach walking event, aims to become the largest and longest walkathon in the world when it launches on 27 September 2020 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape ...

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African Leaders Rally around Climate Change Goals at COP25

The IFEMA conference centre in Madrid

MADRID, Spain, 12 December 2019 – There was standing room only as ministers, diplomats, activists and journalists gathered at the IFEMA conference centre in Madrid to mark Africa Day at the COP 25 climate meeting. Speakers called for a united ...

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SA Harvest launches in South Africa

SA Harvest, an NPC committed to food rescue in South Africa, hosted their official launch at The Service Dining Rooms, Cape Town, on Wednesday 16 October, aptly, on World Food Day. The organisation’s purpose is to eliminate hunger and food waste through ...

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5 Ways to Make Your African Vacation Greener

Sustainable tourism means that you leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible when you are vacationing. A green vacation may seem at first like a difficult task when travelling to remote destinations like some of those in Africa, but ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Acajou Beach Resort

Dating back to its opening in 1996, the Acajou Beach Resort has had ecology at the heart of its ethos. The hotel is named after the French word for ‘mahogany’ in reference to the natural timber-themed design of its construction, ...

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Fair Trade Tourism’s Wildlife Petting Policy

Fair Trade Tourism’s certification criteria do not permit any physical interaction between tourists and potentially dangerous wildlife such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. While some Fair Trade certified members, such as Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre had previously allowed ...

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Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label Joins #IY2017 Initiative

The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),  and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism ...

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Ford Provides Grants for Conservation in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Conservation and related education projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania have gained new impetus following the provision of $ 20 000 (USD) grants to leading environmental organisations by the Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Asilia Africa

Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to the Asilia stable of ecotourism camps.  As an impact company, Asilia is a leader in the African eco-tourism industry. ...

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Tour Operators’ Charter for Sustainable Tourism

The important role that Tour Operators play in lowering the impact of mass tourism on local communities, economies and natural attractions is underestimated, and, indeed, under recognised. By Greg McManus. Most often it is left to the product owners themselves ...

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Why Join the Fair Trade Tourism?

In an industry regarded as being critical to economic growth and development and one that offers such potential for the empowerment and upliftment of impoverished communities and the protection of sensitive ecosystems, it is essential that we have some way ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: The Mantis Collection

The Mantis Collection, comprised of hotels, eco-escapes and lifestyle resorts, is deeply rooted in African conservation; with a vision for sustainability and a world in which people and animals co-exist. Mantis is a family run collection of award winning, privately ...

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EcoPlanet Bamboo: Sustainability for Africa

EcoPlanet Bamboo represents the first successful and the only sustainability certified commercial bamboo farms in Africa and has set the platform for certified bamboo to provide a viable tree-free, triple bottom line solution to Africa’s deforestation crisis. With commercial operations ...

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Conscious Conferencing Tips

Spier Wine Farm (outside Stellenbosch) has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of their conferencing facilities, from careful recycling and consistently making sure the area is waste-free, to water conservation technology and training staff in the ways of ...

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Eco-Friendly Tours: Coffeebeans Routes

Travel is about sharing experiences and few tour operators enable guests to immerse themselves in South Africa’s extraordinary mix of culture and creativity better than Coffeebeans Routes. Established in 2005, Coffeebeans has created a formidable reputation as a cultural and ...

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Eco-Friendly Guesthouse: Parker Cottage

Parker Cottage main entrance

Parker Cottage in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl is more than just another bed-and-breakfast hospitality establishment set in a heritage (circa 1895) building. It’s arguably the greenest heritage building in the city and the country for that matter. The ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Spier

As one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms and a well-known Western Cape landmark, Spier is passionate about the environment and supporting the local community. It regularly buys from and supports trusted local suppliers, and its philosophy is to make ...

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Thrivability in Green Hotel Development

The lessons learned in sustainable development and marketing of ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ in Cape Town and ‘Zanzibar’s Greenest Resort’ in Tanzania is now being offered as a turnkey solution for hospitality investors worldwide through Verde Hotels. By Des Langkilde. Hotelier ...

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Eco-Friendly Game Reserve: Shamwari

Shamwari Game Reserve, the pride of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is one of the largest malaria-free Big-5 private game reserves in the region, offering 6 distinctive lodges and the seasonal Explorer Camp – a two-day walking safari in tented ...

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Eco-Friendly Adventures: Marine Dynamics

Taking eco-tourists on captivating trips at sea to cage dive with Great White Sharks and meet the rest of the Marine Big 5 is only a glimpse of many things that Marine Dynamics do to protect and conserve the critically ...

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Join the Fair Trade Move Toward Sustainability

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) launched a new membership programme in May aimed at tourism businesses that need support for their sustainability measures but do not have the resources to become certified in the short term. For an annual membership fee, ...

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Supporting Sustainable Tourism Projects in Rwanda

Rwanda should be congratulated for increasing the price of its gorilla permits. Considering what the funds are used for, it’s a small price to pay in support of the country’s sustainable tourism projects. By Des Langkilde. Rwanda is well-known for ...

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Tips on Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for nought, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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Africa Wins at 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Africa has dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners, with Botswana and Kenya taking top honours in two of the five categories. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from ...

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Blood Lions & Coffee Shack Win ARTA17

Cape Town, 20 April 2017 – A hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 , sponsored ...

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Hotel Bookings: Sustainable Tourism Appetite

The number of travellers staying in an eco-friendly or ‘green’ accommodation at least once could double in this year with 65% of global travellers expressing this intention versus 34% who stayed in one or more in 2016. By Linda Hohnhola. ...

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Grootbos: A Global Ecosphere Retreat for The Long Run

As a member of The Long Run and an accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER®) member, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has undergone all the necessary steps of the rigorous GER® recognition process. Grootbos joined The Long Run in 2015 and has ...

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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout ...

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Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons

Launching Africa’s sustainable tourism gems this month with a selection of eco-friendly hotels and lodges, Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award winning eco-travel choice website. Where an eco-friendly property is featured in Tourism Tattler, we’ve shown ...

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Sustainable Tourism Marketing: Interview with Lalibela

With 2017 being the UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, I wanted to find out how a Big-5 safari attraction implements sustainable tourism practices and markets these attributes to guests and suppliers. By Des Langkilde. According to UNWTO, ...

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The Worlds Largest Adult Traveller Population

If the world’s volunteers were to form a single country, known as Volunteerland, they would form the largest adult population in the world, behind only China. By Jennifer Woodbridge. Economists estimate that at least 971 million people volunteer each year across ...

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#ARTA17 Finalists Announced

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA17) – sponsored by Wesgro and ...

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