When you go hunting for intimate photos of the creatures who roam wild Africa, you certainly don't want to inflict damage on their native habitat, which is why conscientious tourists are increasingly opting for eco-luxury photo safaris. By creating an attitude of stewardship instead of exploitation, these eco-sensitive tour companies are developing ongoing relationships with the indigenous communities in the area and helping them support sustainable practices instead of having to sacrifice their natural resources to industry.
Many tour companies play a major role in setting up wildlife reserves with sustainable practices in the areas they later bring their guest. These activities quite often become a source of commerce for the indigenous communities who are encouraged to act as stewards of the land. As a member of one of their tours, you can experience the wildlife up close and personal without disturbing their natural home while ensuring their future.
But being up close to wildcats, grazing herds and solitary hunters of the savannah does not mean you have to "rough-it" by any means, these tour companies provide lovely bungalows with impressive main lodges set up throughout the regions bordering Cape Town. There you will find everything you would expect from a luxury hotel, including restaurants with wine cellars, trendy rooms decorated with local "free trade" artwork and built with sustainable materials, full rejuvenating health spas and even astronomy night dinners under the stars.
Eco-luxury photo safaris are a wonderful way to spend a honeymoon, romantic getaway or educational vacation adventure geared for the whole family. Your safari can be custom designed to include your favorite activities, whether they include mountain climbing, scuba diving or just watching from a safe, comfortable distance.
Guest post contributed by Cape Town villa company Cape Portfolios.
Photo by Euroangel