Social and environmental trends have led global travellers to take greater ownership of both the makeup and impact of their travel habits. Eco-travel is more relevant than ever and its importance is only increasing.
The world today presents a unique mix of increased means of self-expression and eco-friendly awareness. According to the Center For Responsible Travel (CREST): “96% of Condé Nast Traveller readers think hotels and resorts should be responsible for protecting the environment they operate in, with 74.5% saying a hotel’s environmental policies influence their decision to stay there”.
The impetus is therefore no longer left with travel agents to cookie-cut holiday experiences for travellers, as people seek adventure travel companies that focuses on providing experiential travel opportunities.
Lee, Ker & Downey Africa’s CEO comments: “Travel experiences have become yet another extension of people’s self-expression. They care about the impact of their travels, they want to connect with the destinations they visit and know that their footprint is a small and positive one.”
Examples of these travel experiences include mobile camping safaris, a travel concept which allows you to trek on foot through wild areas, with a team of rangers. Not only does this reduce carbon emissions as a result of eliminating the need for a safari vehicle, but the mobile campsites, which are set up every evening, are solar powered.
Other examples include mokoro and horseback safaris through the Okavango Delta and opting to walk long routes such as the Otter Trail in South Africa, as opposed to defaulting to travel by carbon-emitting modes of transport. Further up the supply chain, lodges are responding to the eco-travel call through creating eco-friendly infrastructure, something that requires major capital investment which would not be embarked upon if the demand in the market weren’t there.
Some of Ker & Downey Africa’s most popular trips include incredible eco-friendly accommodations such as the Highlands, an eco-lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania that operates solely on solar power and wood burning stoves; wooden huts at the summit of the Nyiragongo volcano in the Congo, and electric safari vehicles and boats at Chobe Game Lodge that have saved a combined 38 045 kg of CO2 emissions.
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