Part II of the Rhino Survival Trust’s unique, win-win solution.
Eco-tourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”
Eco-tourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following eco-tourism principles:
- Minimize impact.
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
- Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.
The Rhino Survival Trust defines eco-tourism as the interdependence of tourism, conservation and local community thereby ensuring the optimum tangible benefit to each of the above.
Local community includes all of the staff to be employed at The Rhino Survival trust and the neighbouring communities where they reside. The empowerment of all staff through training and development will be a key policy at The Rhino Survival Trust.
The existing 26 chalet safari lodge, Thanda Nani, will be revamped and will provide visitors with an authentic African safari experience.