Cape Town - The idea of eco-travelling - sustainable and responsible tourism has moved way beyond a fad - we only need to look at the worst drought being experienced in Cape Town in the last 100 years to know that weather patterns are not what the used to be.
It all requires a concerted change in approach, both in our daily lives through simple and small things we can do to make a difference as well as how we choose to spend our downtime, our quality time - keeping in mind the effect we leave on our planet.
National Geographic has since put together a compilation of what it describes as "sustainable, spectacular, and engaged with local communities, these lodges are tucked into some of the planet’s wildest places" - featured in its June/July issue of National Geographic Traveler - see the full list here.
And obviously we're pretty stoked that South Africa's Overberg region has been included - with the Fynbos Retreat - made up of three fully-equipped cottages making the list.
"From a handful of rustic lodges committed to conservation back in the early 1990s, sustainable tourism is now transforming the global travel industry, and in the process helping to safeguard cultural and natural heritage, support environmentally friendly practices, and deliver economic and social benefits to local people."
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1. FYNBOS RETREAT
In South Africa’s Cape Floral Region, nature trails connect Fynbos Retreat’s three bush cottages. Photo: Gunter Lenz, Alamy.
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2. TOPAS ECOLODGE
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3. SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON
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4. LAPA RIOS
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5. TSARA KOMBA LODGE
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6. IL NGWESI
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7. MANAWA RIDGE
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8. CHALALAN ECOLODGE
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9. O'REILLY'S RAINFOREST RETREAT
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