AN INSTA-DILEMMA: CONNECTING IN A DISCONNECTED SOCIAL LANDSCAPE

Harriet Whiting explores a social world beyond the veneer of Instagram’s picture-perfect images, and tells us why travel brands need to master the art of meaningful, authentic storytelling to stand out from the crowd and get travellers to connect with their offerings.

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MEET THE MAVERICKS FROM 2017: HOW WILDERNESS SAFARIS ARE MINDFULLY DESIGNING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP

This week we spoke to Wilderness Safaris, who won the Mindful Design Award for their Bisate property. Find out how they've managed to offer guests a property steeped in local design, culture and traditional architecture – something completely unique to the Rwandan landscape. 

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PROTECTING PANGOLINS, SCALES ‘N’ ALL

As the world's most trafficked mammal, the unassuming pangolin might not fit the title 'endangered' – but valid concern for this mammal's survival has hit now the fan. Heather Richardson fills us in on how tourism and the travel community can protect our scaly friend.

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FROM THE GROUND-UP: HOW BAWAH ISLAND IS SETTING THE BAR FOR ECO-TOURISM

From the hand-breaking of individual stones to the recycling of waste water, Emma Love investigates how Bawah Island is going the extra eco-mile to breathe life into its surroundings.

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WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY: WHERE WELLNESS MEETS CONSERVATION

Finding zen and protecting the planet needn't be mutually exclusive, as these three new additions to the PURE community prove. From Mozambique to Morocco, meet the retreats making eco-friendly beautiful.

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HOW NATURE TOURISM SAVED WALKER BAY’S EXTRAORDINARY FYNBOS

Heather Richardson tells the inspirational tale of how nature tourism revived the almost barren landscape surrounding Grootbos, a luxury lodge a few hours away from Cape Town. See how conservation goals can be achieved with bucketloads of perseverance and collaboration...

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FROM BIG DATA TO BIG SCREENS: ANDREW MORRISON ON SCIENCE AND STORYTELLING

Meet Andrew Morrison: an environmental scientist turned travel filmmaker who knows more than a thing or two about meaningful travel stories that sell. Get the low-down on his life, passions, achievements and his talk at MATTER 2017.

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RESURRECTING WILD PLACES

Let's put the wild back into the wilderness: Alladale founder Paul Lister is on a rewilding mission to restore balance to the fragile Scottish ecosystem – he explains why support from tourism is a crucial tool in turning his dream into a reality.

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FOUR BRIGHT SPARKS FROM MATTER 2017

Missed out on the amazing insights from MATTER 2017? Or maybe you just need a recap? Go back in time and soak up the wise words of this year’s inspirational SPARK speakers.

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CONSERVATION LAB 2017: FIVE WAYS TO ADDRESS THE CONSERVATION FUNDING SHORTFALL

Our fellow pioneers at the 2017 Conservation Lab gathered several leading thinkers in the African conservation sector to discuss the difficulties and opportunities surrounding the funding shortfall in conservation. The panel outlined five areas worthy of exploration for conservationists, travel brands and the two working in tandem – read the full report here.

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FROM FARMLAND TO WONDERLAND: INTRODUCING BISATE LODGE, WILDERNESS SAFARIS’ NEWEST PROPERTY

Bisate Lodgings, the newest property from Wilderness Safaris, finally opened its doors in the summer of 2017 in North Rwanda. Although still a recent addition to the company, the property already has more than just its fabulous interiors on its mind.

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WHAT TO DO DURING AN EXTINCTION

Ditch Beyonce and make like David Attenborough: that's Anton Crone's advice for helping to avoid the sixth mass extinction in the history of our planet.

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VIRTUALLY WILD: THE PARADOX OF 360-DEGREE FILMING AND VR

Finally, there's a technology that could have tourists yearning for the wild more than ever before; the unfortunate paradox is that the very same technology could stop them ever setting foot there...

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“I’M STILL ALIVE.”

Much to the irritation of his opponents, outspoken palaeontologist-cum-conservationist-cum-politician Richard Leakey is not done yet. Ahead of his talk at sister show We Are Africa's un-conference, FUSE, and the Conservation Lab last week, he spoke to Katie Palmer about climate change, ivory burning and the perspective-shifting power of TV.

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EATING RUBBISH: THE FOOD WASTE PROBLEM AND HOW TO FIX IT

Anton Crone discovers the deadly effects of food waste and discovers why eating 'rubbish' is good for people, planet and profit.

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LUKE BAILES’ LEGACY: WHY SINGITA IS REBRANDING AS A CONSERVATION COMPANY

Singita's Founder and CEO shares insight on the brand's positioning and ethos, and talks about the legacy he wants to leave behind.

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NO ISLAND IS AN ISLAND: 7 RESORTS THAT MAKE GIVING BACK COOL

Exclusive island resorts have evolved from sun-drenched dens of the rich and famous to philanthropic vehicles that support local communities and protect and preserve the surrounding environment.

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TECHNOLOGY GONE WILD: 5 APPS SAVING THE PLANET

Thanks to an emergence of digital apps, everyone from rangers on the ground in the wilderness to urban foodies and gamers are putting their thumbs to work saving our planet's wildlife. Here are five nifty tools that caught our eye.

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LIFE ON MARS? LET’S SEARCH A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME

Sometimes we humans have a tendency to forget about the wonder of our own planet – particularly the forests. Of all Earth’s ecosystems, they are among the least explored and the most populous when it comes to life.

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TAKING THE BAIT

The call to ban photographic entries using bait begs the question: what is baiting wildlife photographers? Is it the reward of capturing an incredible image, or of immersing oneself in the wild?

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