• Sabi Sabi

    Photo credit by Sabi Sabi Game Reseve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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    Photo credit by Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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    Photo credit by !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Amakhala

    Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Okavango Delta Ramsar Site (ODRS) Wins World Savers Destination Award

Okavango Delta Ramsar Site (ODRS) is the winner of Condé Nast Traveler for the World Savers Destination Award for the 2013 Sustainable Destination.

The Okavango Delta is one of those destinations. An oasis within the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango attracts lion, elephant, buffalo, magnificent bird species, and a dazzling array of other fauna. These animals, in turn, attract more than 200,000 tourists per year.

The Okavango Delta Ramsar Site (a title given to Wetlands of International Importance) covers nearly 10% of Botswana’s entire area. Though mining is a major industry in the country—it is the world’s largest producer of diamonds—tourism is now the second-largest contributor to the GDP. Tourism officials have pursued a “low volume, high yield” model: fewer visitors, paying higher rates than found elsewhere in Africa.Through innovative practices such as this, the government has been a pioneer in developing sustainable, responsible ecotourism in the Okavango Delta Ramsar Site.

For more information visit http://www.cntraveler.com/world-savers/2013/okavango-delta-world-savers-awards

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