While the worries about the sustainability of safaris and safari lodges and their impact on the surrounding communities may seem novel to some travelers, the trend toward safari sustainability is not a new one.
!Xaus Lodge is located within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa and is owned by the local Khomani San and Mier communities, two groups who had been at a disadvantage for years due to their differing claims to the area’s land. The creation of the lodge was a part of the settlement of their land dispute in 2002. !Xaus empowers the two communities economically, both by providing an overall portion of the profits to community members, as well as providing employment to the communities’ impoverished populations. The lodge also works to receive funding from donors to provide health, agricultural and educational resources.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’s game reserve is home to several antelope species and almost 20 carnivores, including the black-maned lion. The lodge offers game drives for visitors looking to spot the native wildlife, but that’s not the activity the lodge pushes the most. Guided walks and visits to the cultural village are more closely aligned with the lodge’s focus on supporting the Khomani San and Mier communities. Guided walks begin at dawn with Bushman trackers who teach guests to identify birds and plant life, as well as how to use the native plant life medicinally. The cultural village is where guests can watch local craftsmen at work and purchase their wares while learning about community traditions. !Xaus Lodge is also working toward recognition as one of the world’s few International Dark Sky Parks and the first International Dark Sky Park in Africa, free from light pollution and home to exceptionally dark skies.
Sometimes you want to get away and you don’t really have a particular destination in mind — you just want your trip to be both convenient and budget-friendly. If that’s the case when it comes to planning an upcoming winter getaway over the holiday season, WalletHub has you covered with its latest best winter holiday destinations ranking. Rather than looking at things like snowy scenic beauty or warm temps in the midst of winter, WalletHub compared travel destinations according to expense, hassle and convenience, among other factors.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
It’s officially the start to the holiday season, so it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve plans. Looking to get out of the house but don’t want to be surrounded by crowds? Check out some of the events going on at LUMA Hotel Times Square.
Christmas is not a Mainland China holiday, but the residents of Guangzhou love to ring in the season. The port city on the Pearl River is full of foreigners who bring the joy of the festivities with them to the region, and Christmas has become a time for celebrating with loved ones in this part of China.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.