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Elephants of Southern AfricaGood news: there are too many elephants!

Bad news: there are too many elephants!

With so many environmental groups fighting to prevent poaching of these impressive beasts for their ivory tusks, it is ironic that there is over-population in the parks I recently visited in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia with Overseas Adventure Travel.

An estimated 120,000 elephants roam the vast, unfenced preserves under the protection of armed, patrolling rangers.

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    It could be said that most of all tourists do not know the issue stated in the article, which is that the number of elephant has d

Hopineo West Africa TourLast year, I had the opportunity to meet game changer Florie Thielin of the Hopineo initiative, which endeavors to use the principles of the sharing economy to promote sustainable tourism.  In exchange for sharing best practices and providing specific recommendations for how responsible hotels and tourism boards can enhance their efforts, Hopineo provides access to experienced sustainability and marketing experts who only ask that their room and board accommodations be waived.

The founders of Hopineo, Justine and Mahery, have just embarked on a tour of West Africa.  While they were in Sine Saloum, Senegal, I had a chance to ask them some questions about their new project, which is also running a crowdfunding campaign through the end of February.

Madagascar Tourism Helping CommunitiesAcross Africa, the transformational abilities of tourism have proven invaluable in helping to repair the relationship between people and planet. Sustainable certification standards, like those instituted by South Africa's Fair Trade Tourism, have ushered in new awareness for tourism that benefits communities socially, economically and environmentally.

This awareness has translated into action on the island of Madagascar. A country of startling contrasts, its incredible natural beauty and unique ecosystems are offset by a rapidly expanding and largely impoverished population, threatening species found nowhere else on earth.

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    I am a tourism student and undergoing ecotourism subject. Madagascar is a beautiful country indeed, from the friendly people to
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    currently I'm studying about ecotourism and thanks for this blog. Awareness that being done by South Africa's Fair Trade Tourism i

View of Hotel Verde from Wetland"We didn't even know this was possible!" the retired couple from England explained. They were vacationing in South Africa and due to a family issue had to quickly catch a flight from Cape Town back home. So, they checked into Hotel Verde for the night and found themselves as pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the hotel's green features and grounds as I was.

We were lucky enough to be given a personalized tour by Sarah, one of the most passionate and informed hotel marketing executives I've met in the sustainable travel industry.  While the 4-star Hotel Verde (owned by Bon Hotels) is primarily geared for the business traveler (with its complementary shuttles to the airport and the city center as well as ample conference room space), leisure travelers will find this hotel to be a treat as well.

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    There is no doubt that Hotel Verde brought a new concept of sustainable tourism. From the description of this article, I could tel

Cape of Good HopeOver time, I've come to realize that the destinations that affect me the most all over the world have been or are all a part of ancient trading routes.

Maybe it's the diverse mix of cultures that inevitably occur in port towns that translate to different architecture, food, music or art. Maybe, I just love the sea so much! Regardless, Cape Town was no different.

Although most of my trip was tied to a travel conference, I did manage to spend a couple of days exploring this beautiful city as well as discovering what individual communities and townships are doing to preserve their heritage and livelihood, which of course all translates to sustainability.  

Here is my list for exploring the eco side of Cape Town.

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Jazz Safari in Gugulethu Township Cape Town South AfricaWhat is it that comes to mind when you find out that you are going on a Jazz Safari in Cape Town, South Africa? Sweet lyricism and melodies? Cultural viewing? Sharing a love of different Jazz styles?

Yes, yes, and yes with the added bonus of sharing a homemade meal along with some great conversation and laughs in a musician's home. While I am not a Jazz aficionado, I gained a greater appreciation for the struggles, stories, and triumphs that these musicians pour into their music.

Kenya mainDrinking a glass of water is something most of us take for granted, but more than 750 million people around the world still do not have access to safe water. Through ClimateCare, we are helping to address this, by supporting the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project in Kenya.

A partnership between ClimateCare and global health company Vestergaard allows for this project to cut carbon emissions and provides safe water to over 4.5 million people in Kenya.

No doubt, you've seen interesting and wonderful photos of the Himba women of Namibia.  Their skin and hair that are completely covered in a reddish hue, the lack of clothing apart from a loin cloth, and their beautifully braided hair covered in ash and jewelry intended to convey social status. 

Last month, our family had the pleasure of attending an authentic Braai (barbeque) in the beautiful Parliament Gardens of Namibia's capital, Windhoek. There were tribal groups who were performing traditional dances and displaying their artistic crafts in addition to a vast buffet of food and drink. To top it off, we were graced with the presence of President Pohamba.

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It was our family's first trip to Africa last month, but after just a few days of traveling through Southern Namibia, we quickly realized that it would not be our last to this amazing continent. We simply fell in love with the spectacle of color (all shades of our son's favorite color red), wildlife, culture and song. While this one minute video does not do the country true justice, it features our experience through the southern regions of the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Aus and Namib Desert.

The countdown has begun! One month from today, our family will be setting off to Namibia for an authentic African safari!!  Given all the questions we've received about Namibia, I thought it would be interesting to post this infographic from 'My Destination' that takes a look at then of the most interesting facts about country, including that it is home to the biggest single piece of meteor on Earth and that its total land mass is equal to the combined total land mass of Spain and Germany.

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    The content on Namibia is well precised, as Namibia is one of the adventurous places to visit, close to the animal life over there

Egypt has always captivated me not just because of the uprising that started one year ago today, but because a few generations of my family years ago lived in Alexandria, Egypt located north on the Mediterranean Sea. I grew up with stories about pashas, long walks along the Corniche, and, of course, huge family Sunday meals. While culture and heritage certainly can explain the draw for me, it is also the many natural treasures of the country that appeal to me as well.

The Lake of Stars Music Festival is a three-day international arts festival held on the shores of Lake Malawi, the third biggest lake in Africa. Now in its 8th year, this festival will run from September 30 through October 2 and promises to offer its best line up of Afropop, reggae, folk performers yet.

The festival is the brainchild of Will Jameson, who wanted to find a way to promote Malawi as a tourism destination, raise money for the country, and expose Malawian artists to international crowds. It is entirely run by volunteers and proceeds are donated to charitable projects close to the festival site as well as to UNICEF, Build Malawi, Malawi Health Care Support and the Microloan Foundation. Even the stages are built entirely from sustainable bamboo!

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.

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    Last but not least, as the local community is participating and gaining from that, there is a decrease in crime and robbery as the
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    I am Audrey, studying on Ecotourism practices around the world. In a world that concentrates more on development and innovation,

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