The Ecore­sorts for Hands-on Eco­tourism

At re­sorts from South Africa to Thai­land, guests are no longer mere ob­servers. They now ef­fect real change.

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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).

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