Ecology has been an important consideration for quite some time now. However, recently people have started to wonder if there’s more that they can do about it in their everyday life. Things like recycling are important, but most people end up feeling like there’s a lot more to ecology than tossing things into a recycling bin.
This feeling explains the sudden rise of eco-tourism. It’s a new type of vacation experience where people get a chance to explore environmentalism and help out at the same time. The connection isn’t always obvious, but it’s easy to see when one looks at an example. A company called Wild Ark offers a 7 day African Wilderness experience that’s the perfect example of eco-travel done right. The tour is led by native Shangaan trackers. During the 7 day tour people get a chance to see a wide variety of exotic animals in their natural habitat. But the most important thing is that the tours help to enrich the local economy and promote preservation efforts. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/20/mick-fanning-the-conservationist-first-look-at-his-expedition-t/
And this is one of the real strengths of companies like Wild Ark. There’s a lot more to a properly designed eco-trip than simply flying people out to a location. Wild Ark is dedicated to making sure that trips actually benefit animals, locals, tourists and the environment as a whole. For example, in the case of the 7 day African Wilderness experience the money primarily goes to the local economy. Locals receive financial motivation to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the area. Along with this the money is able to finance projects that allow them to enrich their own lifestyle in an eco-friendly way without needing to take environmentally unfriendly shortcuts. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/25/the-last-21-km-of-fenceline-between-david-pocock-and-his-wildest_a_21884731/
Wild Ark also serves to vet the quality and legitimacy of tours. This gets around one of the problems often seen in charities. It’s often difficult to know where money goes. Wild Ark ensures that funds go to the right places and people. This is one of the main differences with eco-tourism when compared to traditional tourism. When someone goes on an eco-trip they can rest assured that the location will be better off due to their presence there. The trip helps the environment and makes sure that it’ll be available for further trips and further generations. Learn more: http://wildark.com/journal/