The Ecoresorts for Hands-on Ecotourism
At resorts from South Africa to Thailand, guests are no longer mere observers. They now effect real change.
Wildlife protection and conservation needs immense resources and effort. To save Thailand’s street-performing elephants from abuse, neglect or abandonment, hospitality brand Anantara created the Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort in Chiang Rai, a natural sanctuary nestled where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge, for 20 rescues. As a guest, you will help the staff, mahouts and head elephant veterinarian Dr Nissa Mututanont care for the elephants.
Ditto at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, where guests get hands-on experience by darting, notching and DNA-sampling highly endangered black and white rhinos for next-level insight on why it’s important to protect these animals, and what help is needed.
When you go on a Small Group Journey with &Beyond Oceans Without Borders, you leave the sea at Vamizi Island, Mozambique, a better place: You’ll keep tabs on fish, as well as measure and monitor reef systems. From $14,370 for the six-day trip.
1. It costs US$18,000 (S$24,612) to sponsor an elephant for a year at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. The funds also go towards research and clinics using elephants for therapy sessions for autistic kids.
2. Room rates at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort start from $2,038 a room, per night.
3 & 4. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve’s high land-to-guest ratio (only 26 rooms) results in less environmental impact, resource consumption and waste generation. Its four-day programme starts from 48,000 South African rands (S$4,790).