Green incentives in South Africa
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With the environment being top of mind for many incentive travellers, the choice of green incentives in South Africa will more than meet your wish-list.
From green adventures and team building experiences to green accommodation options and meeting facilities, South Africa offers amongst the best green experience globally. all.
Whether abseiling a rocky outcrop or exploring San rock art in the Drakensberg or Cederberg Mountains; exploring Soweto’s historical attractions by bicycle; building a classroom or house in one of South Africa’s vulnerable communities (a great team building activity); going on a Cape winelands mountain bike wine tasting adventure; going spoor tracking in the wild; or learning Zulu dancing in a Zulu cultural village – the options for hosting a green incentive in South Africa are endless.
Many game lodges and other accommodation establishments in South Africa have introduced environmental initiatives to minimise their environmental impact while offering green meeting, team building and incentive options.
These can be combined with stays in eco-friendly accommodation establishments that take their environmental responsibilities seriously and have implemented environmental management practices. Three South African lodges were named among the world’s top 50 eco-lodges in National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009. These lodges are ideal green incentive destinations where guests can witness environmental practices at work – from wildlife conservation, to the lodge’s involvement with the local community, which derives economic benefit from its association with the lodge.
Cape Town, a popular destination for international incentives, has launched a green map which shows the city’s green spaces, nature reserves, organic eateries, farmers’ markets, recycling drop-off points, sustainable living projects, eco-products and other green choices. In Cape Town there are also eco-friendly transport solutions. The Green Cab’s vehicles run on liquefied petroleum gas and bio-diesel which reduces harmful emissions by 87% and enable clients to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying green incentives in South Africa.
Among the many eco-friendly adventure activities one can enjoy are eco-hikes, guided walks, mountain climbing, wildlife experiences, birding, mountain biking, wild dog tracking, tree canopying, scuba diving, cycle tours, horse riding, touring historical sites and more. South Africa’s biodiversity can also be explored.
The Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards – run by the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) - which were awarded for the 10th time in 2011, recognise tourism and hospitality businesses that make a sustained and measurable contribution to responsible tourism.
Imvelo is supported by the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, a programme of the Heritage Environmental Management Programme, which provides businesses with effective environmental management and certification solutions.
Heritage is one of 3 ‘green’ certification organisations in South Africa. The others are:
The Green Leaf Environmental Standard - it assesses hotels, game lodges and country estates in the tourism sector. It aims to reduce the effects of consumption on our environment and improve upon environmental management and awareness in an eco-friendly manner.
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) – it promotes sustainable tourism development and offers Fair Trade certification. Business travellers who stay in FTTSA-certified establishments, are assured their travel is benefiting local communities and economies, and that the tourism business is operating ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
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Who to contact
Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)11 274- 2299
Phinda Private Game Reserve
AndBeyond Lodges Sales and Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)11 809-4300
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat
Reservations (Cape Town)
Tel: +27 (0)21 481-1860
Bushmans Kloof Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)27 482-8200
The Green Cab
Tel: +27 (0)86 184-3473
Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)861 333-628