CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY
A project or initiative that puts Planet Earth on centre stage, showing due responsibility to our natural resources and going above and beyond to protect our legacy – for the good of not only the tourism industry, but the world.
LA DONAIRA – Wild Honeybee Reserve
La Donaira joined forces with the Natural Beekeeping Trust to relocate wild honeybees to their mountain oak forest with over 20 custom designed tree hives. The aim was to restore the bees to their long lost vitality and build resistance to varroa, which wiped out populations across the planet. They have had visits and training from the NBT so the bees are kept safe, wild and chemical-free. This project is being presented as an internationally significant success story. La Donaira have also created a tour for their guests to inspire fresh thinking about the bee and its place in the world. Bees may be small, but our future depends on them.
- ELEWANA COLLECTION
- ULTIMATE SAFARIS NAMIBIA
- ORIGEN EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES
- TAJ SAFARI LODGES
The solar projects aim was to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by harnessing energy from this sun-rich part of the world to provide solar power. In 2015, 1188 photovoltaic solar panels were installed and connected to state-of-the-art batteries and inverters to power the lodges. In 2017, the Tesla Powerpack system was introduced. The combination of solar and Powerpack enables sustainable energy generation, consumption and storage. The system has already reduced diesel generator usage by over 70% and is forecast to reduce annual carbon emissions by 1,000 tons.
- THE BRANDO ON TETIAROA PRIVATE ISLAND
- THE PAVILIONS HIMALAYAS
- ULTIMATE SAFARIS NAMIBIA
Desert & Delta Safaris
Desert & Delta Safaris wanted to launch Africa’s first fleet of electric powered CO2 emission free safari vehicles and boats. Operating inside the renowned Chobe National Park of Botswana – Chobe Game Lodge was the ideal property from which to develop this initiative. In doing so the vision is to lead the way for cleaner safaris throughout the continent! In June 2016 the fourth diesel to electric conversion took place, joining the three solar and electric powered safari boats at Chobe Game Lodge. Not only are they extremely quiet, ideal for wildlife encounters, but a combination of solar-panels on the safari boats and hydro-electric power to the region ensures this initiative is 100% CO2 emission free.
- Cheli & Peacock Safaris
- Fregate Island Private
- Ol Jogi Ltd
Wilderness Safaris has facilitated the largest ever cross-border translocation of Critically Endangered black rhino into Botswana’s Okavango Delta, in partnership with the Botswana, South African and Zimbabwean Governments. Between May and June 2015, eight international relocations took place, with black rhino sourced from five locations in South Africa and Zimbabwe safely transported to Botswana in a Hercules C-130 aircraft. This forms part of a pioneering and ongoing collaborative project with the Botswana government, spanning over 15 years, which has resulted in the re-establishment of viable breeding populations of both black and white rhino in Botswana.
- Great Plains Conservation & andBeyond
- Misool Eco Resort
- Reserva Do Ibitipoca
&Beyond – White Rhino Translocation
Fuelled by rising demand, the illegal trade in rhino horn has seen the number of rhinos poached across Africa reach an all-time high. In 2013, over 1000 rhino were poached in South Africa alone – up from 668 in 2012 and 448 in 2011. A rhino is now killed every nine hours.
&Beyond believes that translocations are fundamental to securing the ongoing survival of endangered species and ensuring that they are protected for future generations to enjoy. In 2013 they carried out the first private game reserve donation of rhino to another country, translocating six white rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. As part of preparing for the arrival of the rhino, &Beyond provided intensive tracking and monitoring training for game scouts from Botswana. After quarantine in a holding pen in Botswana the rhino were successfully released, with one female confirmed to be pregnant. She has since given birth and all seven rhino are doing well in their new environment.
Following the success of this project, &Beyond is working with industry partners to translocate up to a further 100 rhino. Following the release, top experts in technology, security and anti-poaching initiatives will work with the Botswana Defence Force and the Ministry of the Environment to secure and monitor the new rhino population. The final phase of the project will focus on community education and outreach to aid the continued conservation and protection of rhinos across South Africa and Botswana.
A pioneer in sustainable tourism, Inkaterra’s mission has always been to conserve and celebrate Peru’s nature and cultures. In partnership with The World Bank and National Geographic, Inkaterra’s NGO Inkaterra Asociacion created a 1,330ft canopy walkway suspended above the Peruvian jungle. This canopy walkway exists in the middle of a pristine part of the jungle, where animals are still active and numerous, and allows guests to experience a fantastic sense of place in the most high emotion / low impact way. To complete this memorable experience they built an adjoining canopy tree house 30 meters above ground, which provides an incredible oasis where guests can observe a range of wild animal species – most of which aren’t usually visible from the ground – and listen to the amazing jungle sounds, all while enjoying drinks served by a private butler. The design and construction process took into account damage to the environment, using the most low impact methods wherever possible.
“There is nothing more emotionally rich, with less impact, than the Inkaterra canopy walk in the Peruvian rainforest. Stunning!” – Richard Bangs
“The Inkaterra approach gives new meaning to “being in the forest.” You truly become a part of the action.” – Sylvia Earle