Rubondo Island Camp – National Geographic Traveller “Set aside as a haven for threatened chimpanzees, elephant families, and various other rare and fascinating species, Rubondo Island is a sub-tropical paradise. The island is mainly uninhabited — bar the presence of a handful of park wardens, wildlife researchers and camp staff — making it a rare privilege to set foot here.” – National Geographic Traveller
We are honoured to have received four awards at the inaugural Responsible Tourism Tanzania Awards held in Arusha this month. These awards aim to encourage, develop, and promote sustainable tourism in the country.
By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager The We Are Africa Innovation Awards celebrate the very best in independently minded, brilliantly executed travel ideas. We are extremely proud to say that we took the top spot in 2 categories. Jabali Ridge took home the Design Award and our Chimpanzee Habituation Program on Rubondo Island won the Experience Award.
By Britta Foulis – Content Manager An Asilia Safari will always be a genuine, unforgettable, personal experience no matter which of our 19 properties you visit. Set in prime locations, taking you deep into the heart of Africa – any Asilia camp gives you access to witnessing nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles. These intimate camps are all situated to deliver the very best experiences. Our expert guides reveal to you the secrets of the wild, and our sensitive approach helps crucial wilderness areas to thrive. There are 3 camps which have in recent years won Awards, and we thought you may be interested to see the recognition these camps have received.
We are thrilled to be rated the most committed to responsible tourism standards in Africa, according to a Fair Trade Tourism review of certified safari lodges and camps. “We are extremely proud to be singled out by Fair Trade Tourism as a leading responsible tourism company in Africa. Making a positive impact is integrated into all our management routines. What gets measured gets done. The great benefit of certification schemes like Fair Trade is that they help to benchmark performance so that together we can continue to raise the bar,” says Jeroen Harderwijk, CEO and Co-founder of Asilia.
By Britta Foulis Fair Trade Tourism is a non-profit organisation promoting best-practice responsible tourism in Africa. Often referred to as FTTZ, the organisation has recognized the work that we do and we are thrilled to be rated as “The Most Committed Safari Group to Responsible Tourism Standards in Africa.”
By Clarissa Hughes – Group Positive Impact Co-ordinator Plastic is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Despite it being a cheap and durable material for human use, what happens afterward is now a massive worldwide problem. We generate over 10 million tons of plastic waste each year.
By Clarissa Hughes – Group Positive Impact Co-ordinator 1: It’s important, if not essential, to developing nations’ economic growth Asilia paid over US$4 million to local and national governments in park and concession fees in the past financial year. A recent report in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism titled “African tourism industry employees: expenditure patterns and comparisons with other community members” by Dr Sue Snyman, shows that tourism has a local knock-on effect because much of the budget of tourism camps is spent on wages and much of these were found to be spent locally in their home villages. 2: It’s a peacemaker “A strong, positive correlation exists between tourism and peace. The very existence of tourism depends on peace andRead More
By Clarissa Hughes – Group Positive Impact Co-ordinator 2017 saw the launch of theUnited Nations’ World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) campaign to highlight the benefits of sustainable tourism. The hashtag #IY2017 was widely used across multiple platforms to spread the word. Sustainable tourism has many positive impacts, especially in developing countries and dovetails with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, tourism’s role in fostering peace is one that needs to be highlighted, especially in times of growing worldwide aggression. “A strong, positive correlation exists between tourism and peace. The very existence of tourism depends on peace and security. Tourism represents a vital force for peace and a factor of friendship and understanding among the peoples of the world, because of the direct contactsRead More
We are thrilled to announce that the Asilia Blog has been selected in the Top 10 of the Top Africa Travel Blogs list compiled by Feedspot! This is the most comprehensive list of best Africa Travel blogs on the internet and we are honoured to be a part of it. The Asilia Blog is ranked at #9 out of the Top 50 African Travel Blogs from around the world.