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.
Summer is the perfect time to try your luck at carp fishing. Carp are widely recognized as an invasive species known to cause problems in the waterways they call home. They suck up all the food and reduce the quality of the water, hurting more sensitive marine populations. Luckily for anglers, carp can grow to massive sizes and are a ton of fun to catch.
Beyond being a major hub in the global transportation network, Hartsfield-Jackson is also proud to be a major hub for exciting, high-quality retail options through our award-winning concessions program, ATL Skypointe.
Passport PD is the world’s first GaN technology-based travel adapter with an auto-resetting fuse. Why is this important? If you break the single-use fuse in your typical travel adapter, you have only a few options — buy a new fuse, change the fuse yourself or buy a new travel adapter altogether. Additionally, if the fuse breaks and you don’t notice, then you could expect to come back to a fully charged device … only, you won’t.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.