Voluntourism in the spotlight with new criteria

Fair Trade Tourism has unveiled new criteria for tourism businesses with volunteer offerings, which are effective from June 1. The new criteria pertain to conservation volunteer projects and orphanage programmes. The new Fair Trade Tourism criteria do not allow for any physical interaction by tourists or volunteers with a range of captive animals, including all…

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Tanzania launches clean-up campaign on Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzanian authorities launched a nationwide special campaign to clean up Mount Kilimanjaro. The campaign dubbed ‘leave the mountain clean, conserve environment so that they can protect you’ came at the time when the Africa’s roof is overwhelmed with a number of challenges such as land degradation, non availability of good water, loss of biodiversity, frequent…

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South Africa Says No to Rhino Horn Trade

A message from African Wildlife Foundation President Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya on South Africa’s decision not to submit a proposal to legalize rhino horn trade at this year’s CITES meeting. On behalf of the African Wildlife Foundation, I commend the South African government on its decision to not submit a proposal at the upcoming CITES meeting…

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Leonardo DiCaprio gives Seychelles $1M to start largest marine sanctuary

Winning an Oscar was a nice achievement for Leo, but his biggest long-term goal has been to help humanity avoid climate change. He’s become one of the most visible global advocates for environmental sustainability and conservation and his efforts have only increased over the years. When he finally won an Oscar last month, he used…

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Ten of Africa’s Most Romantic Honeymoon Retreats

There’s something magical about the big skies, African bushveld, rich traditions and seductive nature of Africa that adds romance to any given day, making it especially idyllic as the destination for a honeymoon. Whether you choose to safari on the game rich African plains or enjoy a few days relaxing at a coastal resort, you…

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Lesotho, Kingdom of the Sky

Lesotho (le-soo-too), known as the Mountain Kingdom or Kingdom in the Sky, holds a wealth of different experiences in store for those who visit there. Mountains, valleys and rivers present unforgettable panoramas for tourists.  In the mountains is the source of Lesotho’s crystal-clear water, which also waters the greenpastures for livestock. Diamonds are amongst the…

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Pangolins: 12 facts about the world’s most hunted animal

They are Prince William’s favourite and David Attenborough would take them on his ark, but what makes pangolins, the world’s most hunted creature, so special? The prehistoric pangolin, which walks on its hind legs due to the length and curvature of its impressive claws. Photo: Judy Hurd With its armoured shell and peculiar gait, the…

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Eye On Africa. Things to do in Zambia’s Livingstone

Rich in culture and history with a fusion of colonial architecture, museums, markets and traditional village life mixing naturally alongside budget hostels and five star hotels, Livingstone is at the heart of Zambian tourism. Founded in 1905 and named after the renowned Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone, Livingstone owes its existence primarily to Victoria Falls,…

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WATCH Ellen and the South African Couple Devoted to Wildlife

WATCH Ellen and the South African Couple Devoted to Wildlife U.S. talk show host Ellen de Generes has long been known as a supporter of animal causes, and now it’s African animal causes too. Two of her most recent guests were Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the South African conservationists and award-winning photographers. The South African…

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