Man, Woman & Ape in a conscious world
Do you ever think about the impact that we have as travellers?
Everybody (and their cousin) wants THAT 'instagramable' picture of the iconic gorilla. Many of us have done this, I did in Rwanda in 2019, but conscious travel is not about us. Getting a 'selfie with the Silverback' is not sustainable and it has taken Covid-19 to teach us that.
Did you know as humans we share a 98% DNA match with gorillas. Covid and other viruses are transmissible between us. And in remote parts of Africa we also impact vulnerable local communities.
YES, we can test and vaccinate humans but we cannot do the same for our gorilla populations. Our responsibility is enormous and as such, we applaud ODZALA DISCOVERY CAMPS for putting conservation before commerce, at all times, during this pandemic. They first suspended tourism in March 2020 and have announced the postponement of their reopening to 2nd September 2021.
During this period of suspended tourism the Odzala team has remained fully committed to the future of responsible travel in this region. From refurbishing camps and guide training to exploring new destinations, they have had time to explore this vast and remote wilderness in a responsible and respectful way. This is what we consider sustainable tourism and we could not be more proud to represent these visionary leaders.
Has COVID "infected" your thinking on our current tourism practices?
When travel does resume, will you consider selling more remote and wild destinations?