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New Year resolutions for responsible travellers
 
Many of us enter into the New Year committing to make changes in our lives for the better, though often those resolutions peter out a few weeks down the line. This year, we thought we would suggest some resolutions which you’ll not only enjoy keeping (making it much easier to succeed until the end of the year!) but will also have a significant, positive impact on the places you go. Read on for our New Year resolutions for responsible travellers.
Visit quieter destinations
 
“Overtourism” was a hot contender for Word of the Year in 2018: not only does it have a damaging impact on local culture and the natural environment, it also spoils your enjoyment of a place. You don’t go on safari to be one jeep in a line of 20 surrounding a lion pride.

At Africa Exclusive, our solution to this problem is to send our guests to emerging destinations, such as private game reserves and concessions alongside the big name national parks. You’ll have the excitement and cachet of being ahead of the curve and will enjoy a much more exclusive experience as a result. Sabi Sands in South Africa and the Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania are two of our favourite destinations: you’ll see the same landscapes and wildlife as in the Kruger and Serengeti National Parks, but will enjoy a wider range of activities and be far away from the crowds.
Travel in the shoulder season
 
You will have heard about the peak and off-peak seasons, but what about the shoulder season? It’s the brief time between the two, when the weather and wildlife viewing is still superb, but visitor numbers have fallen significantly. Travelling in the shoulder season is another way to combat overtourism, and it has two additional benefits. 1) The price of lodges and camps tends to be slightly lower, so you can get even more exclusive accommodation for your trip; and 2) It extends the tourism season, which benefits the local economy and all those working in it.
Eat local produce
 
When travelling, one of the very best aspects of visiting a new place is eating locally, and trying the local cuisine. Not only do you get to experience authentic flavours, often cooked in a traditional way, but you also support the community growing the fruit and vegetables, producing the honey, grinding the spices, baking the bread, etc.

Many of the camps and lodges we work with have their own kitchen gardens or buy their products from local farmers in village markets. This creates sustainable, worthwhile employment opportunities in rural areas and the income generated increases the standard of living so that families can send their children to school, as well as pay for healthcare and other essentials. Eating locally produced food also reduces the food miles of your meals: what’s the point of flying meat or vegetables halfway around the world when you can harvest and enjoy local, seasonal produce?
Choose eco friendly camps
 
Wherever possible, Africa Exclusive partners with camps and lodges that have strong eco credentials. Specify that this is a priority for you, and we’ll choose a selection of properties which showcase best practice in sustainability.

In Botswana, for example, we might arrange for you to stay at Gomoti Plains Camp, where an onsite solar farm provides all the power. You might then continue to Chobe Game Lodge, which uses electric boats for its river safaris. Not only are these more environmentally friendly, but they also run almost silently, enabling you to get even closer to the birds and animals.
What will your responsible travel resolution be this year? Contact us today on 01604 628979 and tell us, and we will help you keep it throughout 2019.
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