Sustainable Tourism

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 been committed to the four Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (4Cs) – as contributing meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region in South Africa.

The-Long-Run-GER-LogoBeing a GER® member demonstrates Grootbos’s commitment as a leader in sustainable tourism and the extensive positive impacts that their business has on biodiversity and the well-being of people through pursuing the holistic balance of the 4Cs.

Home to the Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and Great White Sharks – and with unparalleled biodiversity, Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector. This multi-award winning 2500 ha reserve is home to more than 760 different species of plants, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine South African wines and is a paradise for nature lovers. Read more: Eco-Friendly Lodges: Grootbos Forest Lodge

About The Long Run

The Long Run is a membership organisation which supports and inspires nature-based tourism businesses on their journey to become centres of excellence in sustainability and achieving Global Ecosphere Retreats® recognition. It has over 40 destination members around the globe, all of whom are committed to the very highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.

Set up in 2009, The Long Run has quickly grown to become one of the world’s largest sustainable development initiatives. It works by championing any nature-based tourism business which is willing to commit to a journey of sustainable improvement through The Long Run’s ‘4C’ framework (encompassing Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce).

Members of The Long Run are at the forefront of conservation and responsible tourism, be that in South Africa or Sao Paulo, and prove that the planet and profit can co-exist and thrive together. Through their membership, these pioneering businesses become connected to a global community of exceptional destinations and organisations who support and inspire each other to expand their positive impact even further, as well as collectively influencing others to take up best practices for a sustainable future. The Long Run provides ongoing support to members to drive sustainability, as well as helping inform travellers about making positive choices which support responsible destinations.

By joining or supporting The Long Run movement, you can become part of a unique community of leaders whose successful businesses drive positive change for the health of the planet and well-being of people.

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