Zimbabwe: Proving that Eco-travel Doesn’t Equal Roughing It

If you’re thinking of venturing to Africa, I strongly encourage you to design your trip in a sustainable manner. Contrary to popular belief the terms sustainable and eco-travel do not translate to lesser hotel accommodations, recycled bedding, and infrequent showers to save the water. In fact, the reality is quite the opposite. African eco-travel lodges tend to be the most luxurious accommodations around. While there is no clear set definition for ecotourism, speaking broadly, it means that the economic boost tourism brings to an area is directly and deliberately passed down to the local people who benefit from job creation, education, and wildlife initiatives, and nature preservation. The positive effect trickles down through the community to elevate the overall standard of living. Villagers are not just handed a fish to eat, they are taught how to fish for themselves. When local peoples are given work skills and value living symbiotically with the wildlife, tensions between people and animals decrease and the quality of life improves all around. While South Africa, Kenya, and Botswana are widely known for their ecotourism, sustainable travel, and fair trade practices, other African nations, such as Zimbabwe and Zambia are ramping up their efforts. Known for its wonderful game-viewing, captivating scenery, and mesmerizing soul, Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s greatest unspoiled terrains. Here are a few eco companies leading the way. . . Little Makaololo...

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