Fair Trade Tourism’s portfolio of certified tourism products in Mozambique is on the rise with the certification of Naara Eco lodge, located on the Nhambavale Lake in the village of Chidenguele, some 260km north of the capital of Maputo.
With 10 luxury safari tents tucked behind the dunes of the Indian Ocean overlooking a vast fresh water lake and the Natura Wellness Centre – a luxurious spa in a secluded forest alongside the dunes – Naara Eco Lodge has evolved from a passion for community welfare, development and poverty alleviation.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) and Fair Trade Tourism’s pioneering mutual recognition initiative, which sees best practice in local responsible tourism being recognised globally, has added eight world-leading camps to its portfolio.
The camps - Sayari, Oliver’s; Little Oliver’s; Namiri; Dunia; Kimondo; Olakira and Ubuntu – are part of Asilia’s renowned East African offering, making it the first company in Tanzania to achieve this accolade.
The Eastern Cape’s renowned Cape St Francis Resort is the latest South African tourism business to become Fair Trade Tourism certified, adding a further boost to the organisation’s position as the leading sustainable, responsible tourism practitioner in Africa.
Located on the beach at this popular South African tourism hotspot, Cape St Francis Resort offers a range of accommodation packages to suit all budgets, from backpackers dorms to family cottages and self-catering apartments to beach villas.
The area is perfect for hiking, golfing, sunset cruises or long walks along this unspoilt coastline – one of the most pristine and bio-diverse South Africa has to offer.
Anita Lennox of Cape St Francis Resort comments that apart from being environmentally conscious and committed to fair practice, the establishment also provides various day trips and tours aimed at the upliftment and development of the local community and protection of natural resources.
“As part of our ‘We Care’ programme the resort offers a three-fold tour, taking guests from the resident penguin rehabilitation centre to nearby children’s haven and ending off at a knitting co-operative aimed at empowering disadvantaged people through skills development,” she says.
Fair Trade Tourism believes that visitors to Africa should enjoy authentic African experiences. There is nothing to rival the thrill of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat, and this is particularly true of the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion - together with cheetah, wild dogs and other predators.
Africa is also home to some exceptional sanctuaries, which home and rehabilitate wildlife species, while raising awareness of the plight of these animals in the wild. Critically, these sanctuaries do not allow public interaction with the animals in their care, nor do they breed these animals intentionally. The majority also contribute to bona fide conservation programmes.
World Travel Market (WTM) Africa and Fair Trade Tourism invite you to join the launch of Fair Trade Tourism’s new awareness raising video on this issue. At the same event we will be showcasing actions of some of the leading private sector industry stakeholders working to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.