#EcoTravels: SA Overberg stay gets NatGeo nod for putting the planet first

2017-06-19 14:15 - Selene Brophy
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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.


SEE: Overberg Insider: 5 Lesser-known dorpies to love

2. TOPAS ECOLODGE

North of Hanoi in Sa Pa, Topas Ecolodge organizes treks into Hoang Lien National Park, a global biodiversity hotspot. Photo: Topas Eco-Lodge.

SEE: Heading to Vietnam? 5 Quick things you need to know


3. SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON

At the new Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles, guests can kayak to Ile Cocos Marine National Park. Photo: John Athimaritis, Six Senses Zil Pasyon.


SEE: SAA adds new codeshare route with Air Seychelles

4. LAPA RIOS

Costa Rica’s Lapa Rios has long been a conservation icon in this lowland tropical rainforest where you are sure to spot plenty of local wildlife. Photo: Lapa Rios


SEE: Visa-free travel: Where your South African passport can take you

5. TSARA KOMBA LODGE

Madagascar’s Tsara Komba Lodge is prime for spotting lemurs and chameleons. Photo: Xavier Chasssing, Tsara Komba.


SEE: PICS: 9 Majestic Madagascar landscapes


6. IL NGWESI

Maasai warriors are your hosts at Il Ngwesi, a community-owned safari lodge on the edge of Kenya’s Northern Frontier district. Photo: Bobby Jo Clow, Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge.


SEE: LuxVentures in Kenya: Top 5 adventure travel experiences to try


7. MANAWA RIDGE

On a hilltop overlooking New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, Manawa Ridge merges eco-living with adventure outings. Photo: Manawa Ridge


SEE: Family fun in New Zealand - on a budget!

8. CHALALAN ECOLODGE

Deep in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park, indigenous guides welcome intrepid travelers to Chalalan Ecolodge, an ideal base camp for jungle exploration. Photo: Ralf Darius.  

 


SEE: 12 Top SA winter holiday destinations for families


9. O'REILLY'S RAINFOREST RETREAT

Families flock to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on Australia’s Gold Coast for activities such as a hike to one of 500 nearby waterfalls complete with a pre-packed picnic or a visit to the Glow Worm grotto. Photo: JOhn Quixley, Alamay 


SEE: #FindYourEscape: All the travel wanderlust you need this July


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