With conservation and ecotourism at the forefront of your mind, you travel with a conscience; join immersive hands-on conservation projects, become involved with opportunities to give back or aid with wildlife protection efforts. Here, we draw upon the places that share your ethos on wildlife, philanthropy and environmental preservation.
Located in the picturesque Oracabessa Bay, GoldenEye Jamaica does more than their bit for the environment. Guests can see first-hand the efforts of Mel Tennant, as he works to ensure the safety of Hawksbill Sea Turtles on Gilbraltar Beach and GoldenEye beaches – assist in washing them after they are taken out of the nest before clearing a pathway for them to make their way back into the ocean.Explore
South African adventures don’t get much better than at Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve. There’s plenty to keep you busy including bush game drives, a spa, safari walks and stargazing, but for those looking to give back, there’s also volunteering and cultural enrichment opportunities. With the help of Pride ‘n Purpose, Ulusaba’s charity arm, you can incorporate a range of humanity experiences into your holiday; share your skills in a local school, participate in hands-on projects in the community or take a village tour in search of cultureExplore
Set within a 7,000-acre nature reserve in the Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is proud to be Australia’s first conservation-based resort. Make a hands-on contribution to helping restore and protect the reserve; partake in tree planting, habitat assessments and animal monitoring whilst learning all about the native fauna and woodland ecology.Explore
The Maldives is all about the ocean and no one understands this more than the eco-resort of Gili Lankanfushi. The resident marine biology team work hard to monitor the surrounding environment and educate their guests; join them on experiences rehabilitating the fragile reefs on the Coral Line Project, clearing ocean debris or protecting seagrass to create new feeding grounds for endangered marine life.Explore
If staying at a resort that takes their Corporate Social Responsibility seriously is a must, then look no further than Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman. As well as being committed to supporting the local community and taking efforts to restore the natural environment, the resort makes its own mineral water with a crystal plant and has an onsite organic kitchen garden.Explore
Considering its overwhelming beauty it’s hard to believe North Island was once one of the most damaged islands of the Seychelles. After a complete restoration of the area, Noah’s Ark project, which you can assist with, provides continued conservation efforts on the island include planting indigenous flora, monitoring Hawksbill Turtle populations, as well as reintroducing rare bird species such as Seychelles White-Eyes.Explore
Travelling more meaningfully and offering access to behind the scenes conservation and community projects is at the heart of eight life-changing itineraries by Wilderness Safaris. Whether you choose to track critically endangered black rhinos in Namibia, help to habituate chimpanzees in Rwanda, volunteer at a children’s camp in rural Africa or observe the darting and collaring of lions in Zambia, you’ll gain unprecedented insight into conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. What’s more, the camps are luxurious but also designed to have minimal impact on the environment.Get in touch
Relatively remote in unspoilt natural surroundings, Sweden’s Treehotel features seven distinctly designed treehouses including a UFO, bird’s nest and Mirrorcube, all innovatively designed and built using non-intrusive methods. Utilising sustainable practices and doing as much as possible on nature’s terms, each room contains water efficient sinks, local supplied hydroelectric power and eco wooden floors. Those serious about having minimal impact on the environment can get involved in activities that only need the power of nature such as snowshoe walks, dogsledding and cultural encounters.Explore
Explore Sri Lanka’s natural wonders, from ancient tea plantations to golden beaches and some of the world’s most exciting wildlife.Show me the way
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