Eco-Tourism in Botswana
Located in southern Africa, Botswana is the perfect destination for anyone interested in sustainable eco-tourism. The size of France, Botswana has a population of only around two million. While the country is mostly arid due to the Kalahari Desert, it’s also home to the Okavango Delta, one of the largest island deltas in the world. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/20/mick-fanning-the-conservationist-first-look-at-his-expedition-t/
Botswana contains 40% of Africa’s total elephant population and a diverse population of other animals, from zebras to lechwes to rhinoceros. Northern Botswana contains one of the largest populations of the African wild dogs. 17% of the country is set aside for national parks and game reserves, while another 22% has been set aside for wildlife management. With so much focus on the land and animals, tourism is second only to diamonds as a source of the country’s gross national product. Learn more: http://wildark.com/study-the-wild/
Because of the fragility of the ecosystem, especially in the Okavango Delta, there is a focus on sustainability and conservation. Many of the tourist camps run on solar energy and do their best to lessen their footprint on the surrounding environment. This includes minimizing garbage, reducing or removing the need for bottled water, and using alternative fuels for vehicles.
The tourism industry also provides local jobs. The destructiveness of the cattle industry is one of the major threats to Botswana’s ecosystem, and with these jobs, the eco-tourism industry provides an alternative means to support their families. Botswana sees eco-tourism as a more sustainable industry than mining.
Wild Ark is one of the companies that operates in Botswana. They offer mobile tent and photographic safaris. A relatively new company, Wild Ark focuses on protecting green belts around the world and providing opportunities for people to see these areas in person. By giving people this first-hand experience, Wild Ark hopes to inspire them to take a greater interest in conservation for themselves. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUo4EHg7ZWNPFEg3tjytCSg