Beyond the ‘Accommodations’, ‘Experiences’ and ‘About Us’ tabs on hotel and tour operator websites, we are seeing ‘Social Responsibility’ sections pop up more and more, and we are big fans! From carbon footprint reduction programs to wetland restoration projects, we are proud that many members of the JG Black Book Collection are investing their time and making thoughtful efforts to preserve their local environments. We’ve compiled a short list to share four examples of how our partners are standing up and standing out by being environmentally responsible.
1. Azura Retreats’ Eco-Friendly and Luxurious Spa Amenities: Azura Retreats prides itself on protecting the environment, with each hotel showcasing its natural beauty. Located at all properties – Azura Benguerra Island, Azura Quilalea Private Island, Azura Selous Game Reserve – the signature spas offer the finest, 100% natural and eco-friendly amenities. Sample them in your villa or indulge in them during a luxurious spa treatment!
Their uplifting coconut body wash is a luxurious lotion that combines coconut oil sourced from the palm lined beaches of Mozambique, with grapefruit and lemongrass oils that uplift and revive. The conditioners are 100% natural and 100% biodegradable, made with maychang and essential oils, designed to de-stress hair that’s been in the sea or the bush while being kind to the environment. The bath salts and bath milk are made with the perfect balance between the scents and herbs of Africa and the traditional rituals of its ancient inhabitants using 100% natural African plants. Finally, Azura’s balancing baobab body wash combines oil from the ageless African baobabs with essential oils of rose and sandalwood. So what are you waiting for? Pamper yourself at their signature spas during your next trip with Azura Retreats!
2. Volcanoes Safaris’ Wetland Restoration: Volcanoes Safaris has developed a responsible and sensitive ecotourism vision. The company believes that carefully controlled ecotourism is essential to the survival of the great apes and the conservation of their habitats. In effort to conserve the wetlands, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), a separate non-profit entity that works to support communities and conservation projects in Uganda and Rwanda, secured 30-acres of wetland south of the Volcanoes Safaris Kyambura Gorge Lodge.
The wetland, which previously had been used as an illegal brick works, is now regenerating rapidly back to its natural state! The rejuvenated wetlands attract over 100 species of birds, and the site is used to train members of the community in birding and guiding. This project has been a key success for the VSPT, particularly regarding its ecosystem conservation efforts and the amount of species that have now repopulated the area – new entries are added to the spotters’ lists almost daily! Not to mention, over 500 indigenous trees have also been replanted along the banks of the Kyambura River!
3. Condor Travel’s Carbon Credit Program: As part of Condor Travel‘s commitment to the promotion of responsible tourism practices, the company has acknowledged the need to develop, organize and run innovative ecological programs in South America.
With their Carbon Credit Program, the sale of carbon bonds or credits allows travelers to offset the carbon footprint generated during their trip on domestic flights booked by Condor Travel, road transfers and transport, river cruises and rail travel. By purchasing the carbon credit, a traveler contributes to preservation of areas of the Amazon rainforest in the Tambopata region – under an hour’s flight from either Lima or Cusco. Buying one carbon credit equates to 1 ton of CO² countered, which in turn helps preserve 25m² / 90ft² of Amazonian rainforest – the lung of the planet and a place rich in biodiversity!
4. Balloons Over Bagan’s Environmental Preservation Efforts: Balloons over Bagan continues to play an important role in contributing to community projects throughout the Bagan region of Myanmar and to other causes in more remote areas of the country. Their projects focus on three main areas: education (rehabilitation of school and facilities), health and conservation (protecting trees, animals, natural heritage, land, etc.).
As an active player in the sustainability of the Bagan area, they participate in plastic free projects through a non-governmental organization (NGO) striving to become a plastic free Bagan in the archaeological zone area. They also donate a new school building in the required village each year to reduce uneducated people and poverty for the benefit of the local stakeholders (community).