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Botswana is a great family ecotour destination choice

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Captivating Botswana has largely abandoned mass tourism in recent years in favor of low volume, high quality safari travel into the Okavango Delta and surrounding Kalahari Desert. Roughly the size of Texas, this progressive democratic republic has a stable economy, which also has taken steps to protect 40% of its land for wildlife, thereby creating one the highest game concentrations in southern Africa.

In general, Botswana is a place to visit during any season though the popular months are May through September. During the winter, days are warm but nights are very cold while in the summer, days are hot and the nights balmy.

Ecotourism has been embraced by the local Botswana’ns who not only feel involved with the effort, but internalize the message of environmental conservation. Another positive effect is that the local people are setting up their own safari companies and applying to the national ecotourism certification scheme. In 2005, Botswana passed the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, which to date has been the most successful and comprehensive means of regulating the environmental impact of tourism. It requires that new companies that apply for a tourism license be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. Also, based on the results from the Assessment, the company must implement carbon reduction measures and monitoring strategies.

Family ecotourism activities

The tourist areas of Botswana are very safe and due to the remoteness of the camp sites, relatively free of crime. Some safari companies have realized that children are the future of conservation in Botswana and therefore have implemented various children’s programs and specially trained guides to teach kids the value of conserving the environment.

The three main areas to experience in Botswana besides the Okavango Delta are the savannas of the Moremi Reserve and the forests of Chobe and Linyanta Game Reserves. There are large concentrations of elephants, lions, hyena, wild dogs, buffalo, hippopotamus, and birds. The main ecotourism activities include game drives, quad bikes, walking and elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, bicycle safaris and boating. As one of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations, our trip to Botswana will not disappoint.  Watch a video made by one of our partners in Botswana.

 

 

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Irene is the founder & president of Greenloons. She is a dual EU citizen who has lived in 5 countries and visited 32 more in Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe. Drawing upon her professional and personal experiences to address authentic ecotourism from community, ecological and financial points of view, Irene is a frequent conference speaker, Huffington Post blogger and radio talk show guest. 

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  • Guest
    Marie Audrey Friday, 14 October 2016

    Ecotourism Practices

    I am Audrey, studying on Ecotourism practices around the world.

    In a world that concentrates more on development and innovation, preservation and conservation has become a scarce need nowadays. This is a message of hope for many countries. Even though Botswana is not the strongest country in the African Continent in financial terms, however, it has enormous resources that are not exploited properly. Its unique fauna where one can see animals in their wild habitat is something that people would pay thousand just to see.

    According to me, Botswana has made the right decision to stop mass tourism and concentrate more on protection of wildlife, specially knowing that there are several species that are in danger of extinction. What is also remarkable is that, alongside with their ecotourism practices they also involve the local community and this benefit both of the parties. Being able to set up their own safari companies is an advantage as most of them cannot afford the basic necessities, hence, this helps in creating job prospects as well as use efficiently and in a sustainable manner the natural resources.

    I'd also like to suggest that yes, they have stop mass tourism to prevent depletion of resources but if they go on this part, they can find sustainable way to promote the destination to attract people in Botswana, which will benefit both the locals as well as the economy of the country.

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    Marie Audrey Friday, 14 October 2016

    Ecotourism Practices

    Last but not least, as the local community is participating and gaining from that, there is a decrease in crime and robbery as the notorious reputation of African countries may suggest. So, it is very convenient for families and parties to join such kind of vacation where you not only enjoy but also learn and help communities.

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