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. Asilia was honoured in the following four categories: Best in Female Employment and Gender Support 2018 – Dunia Camp Best in Youth Empowerment and Supporting Future Leaders in Conservation 2018 – Sayari Camp (joint winners with & Beyond) Best overall in Implementation of the Largest Number of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 – Matemwe Lodge Best in Climate Action 2018 – Asilia Africa Our pioneering Dunia Camp was recognised in the Female Employment and Gender Support category. Pitched on a major wildebeest migration corridor in the Central Serengeti, DuniaRead More
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. The Highlands Location: The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania The Highlands redefinesRead More
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. The survey conducted, across eight countries on the continent, found that we have 48% of our properties certified at best-practice responsible tourism level. TenRead More
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.” Fair Trade Tourism’s certification standard (the first in Africa to be recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council) requires compliance with over 230 criteria relating to environmental, socio-cultural, and economic best practice. The following words from Fair Trade Tourism’s MD, Jane Edge, reinforced our strong belief in doing good wherever possible and always thinking of how we can operate in the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner at all times. ‘ ’We congratulateRead More
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 afterwards is now a massive worldwide problem. We generate over 10 million tons of plastic waste each year. Much of it makes its way down rivers into the oceans of the world. There is an island of waste in the Pacific Ocean as large as India, Europe and Mexico combined. The rest goes into landfill. Only 1-3% is recycled. Plastic doesn’t bio-degrade. It photo-degrades, which means it breaks down into small ingestible pieces that last forever. These pieces are eaten by marine and land animals. The latest estimates show thatRead More
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.