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The importance of responsible tourism

Responsible tourism, also known as sustainable tourism, is an approach to travel and tourism that aims to minimize negative impacts on the environment, culture, and economy of the destinations visited, while maximizing the positive benefits. At Kamoka Bush Camp we are aiming at revisiting the responsible tourism world with our exclusive partnership with DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage. Indeed our guests get the unique opportunity to learn about the NGO world while fully experiencing the magic of Africa.

Our partnership safeguards the wellbeing of the local communities we work with. After being established for more than 17 years, DAKTARI has developed high relationships of trust with the surrounding villages. Our unique model of combining a lodge with an NGO is one-of-a-kind. While it’s not uncommon for lodges to support NGOs, it’s rare for guests to be able to directly participate in or witness the impact of the activities being supported. Our innovative approach allows guests at Kamoka Camp to experience the positive impact of our work firsthand, as they engage in community development projects, conservation efforts, and wildlife protection activities.

By staying at Kamoka Camp and participating in DAKTARI’s programs, guests have the opportunity to interact with the local community members and learn about their culture, traditions, and way of life. This creates a deeper level of understanding and appreciation for the local people and their needs, and provides an opportunity for guests to make meaningful contributions to the community through their participation in our various projects.

The International Ecotourism Society (IES) champions ecotourism as a powerful tool for mitigating the devastating effects of overtourism. Overtourism, in its simplest form, focuses solely on boosting a destination’s revenue, without regard for the environmental and social impacts of mass tourism. However, the IES believes that ecotourism offers a sustainable alternative that prioritizes local communities and environmental conservation.

While the benefits of ecotourism are clear, it’s important to implement it correctly to achieve its full potential. The IES emphasizes the importance of working closely with local communities to ensure that they benefit from tourism in a meaningful and equitable way. This includes creating job opportunities, preserving cultural heritage, and promoting sustainable development.

South Africa is a world renowned destination for tourism, with in 2021 more than 2 million visitors it is crucial for this territory to align their tourism principles to safeguards its population and environment.  South Africa is a diverse country with a rich cultural and natural heritage, and responsible travel can help to protect and preserve these assets. 

Tourism is an important contributor to the South African economy, providing jobs and income to local communities. Responsible travel can help ensure that tourism benefits these communities in a sustainable way, by promoting local businesses, supporting community-based tourism initiatives, and respecting local cultures and traditions.

South Africa is a country with a rich cultural heritage, including a diverse mix of indigenous, colonial, and immigrant cultures. Responsible travel can help to preserve and promote these cultures by encouraging tourists to learn about local customs and traditions, supporting local cultural initiatives, and respecting local people and their way of life.

Responsible travel is crucial for South Africa because it holds the promise of creating a better future for both the country and its people. It’s a way of traveling that goes beyond mere enjoyment and entertainment, and instead, seeks to make a positive impact on the local communities and environment. At Kamoka Camp, we believe that responsible travel can break down barriers and promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures and ways of life.

Our commitment to responsible travel means that we prioritize sustainability and equity in everything we do. We strive to ensure that our presence in the local community brings tangible benefits to the people and the environment. By supporting local businesses, creating job opportunities, and promoting environmental conservation, we believe that we can enhance people’s lives both for our guests and the locals.

Kamoka Camp is more than just a place to stay; it’s a promise that responsible travel is possible and can make a real difference in the world. We invite you to join us in this mission and experience the transformative power of travel that benefits everyone involved. By choosing responsible travel, you can make a positive impact on the world and create lasting memories that will stay with you forever.

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