Go Green on a Botswana Adventure Vacation

botswanaBy Brittney M. Walker

Stumped on where to take your next international adventure? Try Botswana.

Yes, this lovely, peaceful country has a history unique to other countries on the African continent and is rumored to be one of the best places to experience African wildlife, especially because Botswana is committed to green living.

In 2002, the country finalized the framework for a more environmentally conscious initiative that embraces social and cultural responsibility in business and tourism.

The Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, outlining more than 240 performance standards, is designed to encourage and support responsible environmental, social, and cultural behavior by tourism businesses, and to provide a quality, eco-friendly product to consumers. This comprehensive, three-tier system enables companies of all sizes to attain the entry level of “Green” certification. From there, companies may continue to evolve their operations to the “Green+” level and finally to the “Eco” level of certification. This highest level of certification acknowledges the full spectrum of ecotourism, including involvement with local communities in tourism development,


nature conservation, environment management, and interpretation of the surrounding environmentto the guest.

Since the program’s inception, 15 camps and lodges have joined the commitment, including Banoka Bush Camp, Kalahari Plains Camp, and Meno A Kwena Tented Camp.

Fabulous locations like these make it easy to go green while on vacation. Check out more information about the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System here.


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