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Biodiversity Review Points the Way to Sustainable Tourism

 
Professor Dasgupta’s landmark Economics of Biodiversity Review mentions sustainable ecotourism as a way of protecting the biosphere. The review refers to African communities choosing to re-utilise their land for high value safaris instead of environmentally costly livestock farming. In this way diverse wildlife can thrive, financially supported by tourists who want to experience a high-quality private safari.
This kind of safari is already available at a number of private Kenya safari lodges, which have pioneered eco-tourism for many years. They provide an exclusive Big Five safari in a high degree of comfort for a strictly limited number of guests. Several are also engaged in conserving endangered species like the rhinoceros.

At Africa Exclusive, we create bespoke wildlife holidays focussing on safari lodges that operate in partnership with local communities. The price is higher than for a “minibus” package, but the experience is private, active and luxurious. Keep reading to learn more about biodiversity, culture and conservation, as well as some of the best eco-tourism lodges in Africa.
 
In an environment, biodiversity is a measure of unique species a habitat supports. The greater the number of species (plants, animals, insects — everything), the greater the biodiversity. In any given area, each species plays it’s unique role in the overall health of the place. Remove one species and like a stack of cards, the rest will fall or struggle to make up the difference.
Mother and baby black Rhino.
Mother and baby black Rhino.
 
Our world and the creatures in it are vulnerable: without action, many of them could soon be gone. But by travelling responsibly, you can contribute to conservation success stories for the most iconic species.
 
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Safari guide setting up sundowners in Laikipia
Safari guide setting up sundowners in Laikipia
 
What factors go into creating an eco-friendly safari? One of the most vital is the protection and development of habitats — including national parks and private reserves.

Private concessions are often more environmentally sustainable than the larger national parks because they typically focus on low volume, low impact tourism, with fewer properties and vehicles polluting the ecosystem.
 
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Elephant outside Singita Serengeti House in the Grumeti Private Reserve
Elephant outside Singita Serengeti House in the Grumeti Private Reserve
 
In fragile ecosystems, it is of paramount importance that we tread lightly, minimising our environmental impact. At Africa Exclusive, we actively promote properties which have strong eco-credentials, encouraging our guests to think carefully about water and power usage, waste disposal, and sustainability of materials and produce.
 
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The future of our planet — including its wild places — depends on the people who live there. Engaging with communities is an essential component of long term sustainability.

As humans, we are part of an ecosystem. What we do matters, and if we try to exclude ourselves from the picture, everything else will ultimately falter and fall. This is one of the reasons that when you go on an Africa Exclusive safari, we encourage you not only to be aware of the local communities, but to actively engage with them.
 
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Kenya’s rapidly growing population means that people compete with wildlife for land. However, Kenya is pioneering wildlife conservation in ways which benefit the animals and local rural communities, pointing the way to the future for wildlife throughout Africa.
 
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Those with Netflix may already have seen one of David Attenborough's latest documentaries, A Life on Our Planet. The corresponding book expands on this fascinating look at the future of our world. At 94, David Attenborough remains one of the most inspirational characters of our time. He has explored our planet, sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. His incredible passion for nature is clear in this reflection of the dramatic changes he has witnessed first hand and more importantly, his vision for the future. The book presents a global challenge, but with it, solutions. It is a vital read to all who love the natural world. Furthermore, it is a call to action to help create a sustainable plan for generations to come.
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