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The Homestay Initiative in Malawi: Appreciating Local Culture

  • Alice Tilton
  • 23 February 2015

The Responsible Safari Company and Youth for Development and Productivity are designing a Homestay Initiative through which guests can experience authentic village life in Malawi. With that in mind, I decided to experience a village homestay in Malawi myself.

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Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 24 January 2015

This is our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!

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Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

  • Arno Delport
  • 2 September 2014

Not all voluntourism projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. Find out what’s really at stake and where a little generosity of time and energy offered by travellers is meeting the needs of the Ugandan people.

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The Malawi Connection: When Doing Good Does Good

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 September 2013

This is a classic feel-good tale featuring an especially unlikely cast of characters: an African travel company, a UK-based handmade-bag manufacturer, a doctor, a boatbuilder, a community-based organisation in Malawi and the people on the shores of Lake Malawi it supports, especially the kids of a primary school.

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Six Things to Do in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Samuel Hopkins
  • 6 May 2013

Often mislabelled and maligned by a sometimes ruthless and distorted media as the granddaddy of hazardous African cities, Nairobi, Kenya, is to many travellers simply a no-go zone. This is their loss, for, in reality, Nairobi is one of region’s biggest draws, catering to all types of interests. To help you make the most of your time there, here is a list of six unforgettable and essential, but slightly off-the-beaten-track Nairobi experiences.

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Birds, Trees and Wildlife: Ecotourism in Mauritius

  • Angie Aspinall (text) Richard Aspinall (photos)
  • 13 November 2012

The natural history of Mauritius makes a strong case for conservation. After all, it’s an island where many native species have already become extinct, most notably the Dodo. Our principal reason for visiting was to learn about the nature conservation work being carried out. We learned that if your idea of a holiday in Mauritius has been all about lying on a beach in the sunshine, think again! Mauritius is a dream destination for ecotourists.

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Tropical Foodies: What to Eat in an Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Linda Dempah, Tropical Foodies
  • 24 October 2012

Going to an Ethiopian restaurant is an interesting experience. It is not just about the food, which is delicious. It’s also about the surroundings, the community and the touch-and-feel rhythm of eating food with your hands. Do make sure that you go with people you actually like, as you will share the dishes with them.

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A Truly Responsible Training Day: Ecotourism in Malawi

  • Kate Webb
  • 1 October 2012

Eight community representatives gathered together from villages around Southern Malawi to take part in an training day about ecotourism in Malawi. They discuss the future of sustainable tourism in Malawi, including how it might impact rural communities and what they do about it. It is an inspirational day.

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Investours Delivers Authentic Travel Experiences That Support Local Artists

  • Corrina Jacobs
  • 24 September 2012

Investours brings together socially responsible travellers visiting Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with local artisans who have applied for loans to grow their small business projects. Each Investours tour visits a local artisan’s workshop, helping visitors to gain an intimate perspective on local culture, daily life and the challenges of operating a small business.

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Photo of the Week: Boat Building the Traditional Way in Malawi

  • Kate Webb (photo and text)
  • 17 August 2012

Local fishermen on the Lake Malawi use traditional methods to build wonderful wooden fishing boats that can last for over 25 years. One boat builder, Joseph, has also engaged in community development and environmental protection.

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