The words 'Green' and 'Eco' are used too loosely and falsely nowadays by unscrupulous operators and facilities in an effort to attract business....so much so that the term 'green-washing' has been coined for the practice of deliberately deceiving or misleading tourists into believing that practices are environmentally and socially sound!
The tourism market is littered with these pitfalls and Beat About The Bush Safaris has therefore painstakingly researched available options and come up with a select list of tourism partners (lodges, hotels, operators) that have a sound environmental and social ethos.
Selection criteria for our lodge, camp and hotel partners
The wilderness lodges & camps and hotels in cities that are used in Beat About The Bush Safaris itineraries have been carefully selected based on the following criteria.
The properties or companies that own the properties are actively involved in conservation issues, environmental sustainability practices and environmental training initiatives – both on-site and as part of the company management and operating protocols for all their properties. This is evident in the following:
- Sponsorship of local communities – social upliftment projects
- Training of local people to develop hospitality and environmental skills
- Sponsorship of hospitality scholarships for local talent
- Local staff are employed at the lodge
- Local products are used to build the property
- Local labour is used to build the property
- Local produce used in the lodge kitchen
- Management, staff and guides are trained in first aid
- Safety procedures are maintained and of paramount importance
- Staff contracts all within the local labour laws
The properties or companies that own the properties are actively involved in conservation issues, environmental sustainability practices and environmental training initiatives – both on-site and as part of the company management and operating protocols for all their properties.
This is evident in the following:
- Sponsorship of local conservation initiatives
- Sponsorship of local research projects
- Lodges blend aesthetically with the surrounds
- Waste areas are protected from scavengers
- Waste recycling – metal, glass, plastic
- Glass water bottles instead of plastic
- Water machines used instead of bottled water
- Environmentally sound sewerage systems
- Grey-water reticulation for irrigation
- Aeration nozzles on taps and shower-heads
- Environmentally friendly soaps, cleaning products and detergents
- Oil and fuel spill prevention measures in workshops
- Emission and noise control measures on generators and vehicles
- Firewood not procured on site.
- Firewood is ideally from exotic species
- Erosion control
- Road maintenance
- Anti-poaching patrols
- Management, staff and guides are trained on the particular environment in which the property is found
- Guides are trained to operate ethically and responsibly with regards to the land, wildlife, local people and guests
- Vehicles are maintained to reduce carbon emissions
* It is important to note that each property or hospitality company is not necessarily abiding by ALL of the prescribed measures detailed above but they are making a concerted effort to operate within these parameters and to continually improve their social and environmental responsibility.
As a result, these properties and companies set the standards for responsible and ethical tourism practices and guests can be assured that a portion of their tourism spend is being used to sustainably benefit both the immediate environment and the local population.