Ecotourism Experiences in South and Southeast Africa
In recent years, due to the global climate change, and the effect it has on our planet and society, ecotourism really took off. And one of the best places to experience the full potential of this sustainable branch of tourism is Africa. It may be the “cradle of society”, but, with more than three decades on the market, it can be said that Africa is also the cradle of ecotourism.
Led by South and Southeast Africa, this branch of tourism caters not only to its eco-friendly clientele, but also improves the local communities’ way of life, without harming the environment. So, with this amount of potential backing ecotourism, the safari experiences on offer in South and Southeast Africa, are definitely worth checking out.
A Real Safari Experience
Anyone who makes their next journey Southern Africa, needs to go on a safari. The savannah grassland covers almost one third of this part of Africa, and hosts an unmatched variety of mammal life on the planet. Ever since national policies changed in favor of conserving animals and their environment, guns were replaced by curious people who wish to experience nature at its best. Whether, you want to see the Big 5 in their full glory, or experience one of nature’s spectacles – the great migration, crisscrossing the terrain with a professional guide, without impacting your setting will be an experience of a lifetime
Due to its biodiversity this part of Africa is a photographer’s dream. Whatever your focus, whether you are into landscape or wildlife photography, or people, Southern and Southeast Africa has it all. If you are a fan of creatures, big and small, look no further than the animals of Kruger National Park. At its southern tip, it borders on Swaziland, and there are still Traditional Zulu villages. There you might immerse yourself in the culture of this amazing people, and take some spectacular snaps of their traditional dress. And for landscapes, a tour along the vast Zambezi river system, and the endless surrounding grasslands will give you color changes and hues during the evenings you won’t forget.
A Kids’ Dream-Come-True Adventure
With ecotourism, kids can also journey into safari adventure the, and experience the wildlife of Africa. A real dream come true when you are a child, they will see all their cherished animals in their natural habitat, but also have a chance to learn about environment conservation. Mind you, wildlife parks are free ranged, so you can provide them with interactive games, in-between sites, keeping their impatience down to a low. The people over at Poptropica suggest jungle based educational games can satisfy any child’s entertainment needs, so you can enjoy wildlife without all the racket.
Another interesting tour kids will enjoy are wildlife sanctuaries, where they can see and touch their favorite creature, and learn about the man-made dangers they face in the wild. And during the evening kids will be dazzled by native campsites, traditional dance around the fire, and sleeping under the stars of the savannah.
An Underwater Adventure
Africa is not all about the savannah, and an enticing experience awaits anyone who wants to dive into an adventure off the coast of Mozambique. Due to the Indian Ocean’s warm currents, this part of the ocean hosts a variety of Technicolor wildlife that will be a unique underwater dive. Numerous secluded islands off the coast, and coastal caves give welcome breaks to your scuba dives. Because tourism itself impacts the environment, tours are often changes so that it leaves room for natural recovery. This also provides another source of income to the local community, and has seen fishing villages in recent years turn to tourism and conservation of the underwater wildlife as a source of income.
This amazing experiences offer much more than a simple holiday. They become adventures of a life time, allowing you to immerse yourself in what Africa knows best, without damaging the environment, animals, or people, you find so spectacular.