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Why is Ecotourism Important?

by Lara Behrens
17th February 2017 Safari
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An Africa safari is not simply about having an amazing bucket list adventure (although we assure you that you will)! What comes out of it is so so much more.

A game drive in Botswana
A game drive in Botswana

Here are the knock on effects of your visit to Africa:

  • It supports conservation efforts that would otherwise go unfunded
  • It creates employment, transforming lives and livelihoods.
  • Nature tourism is now being seen as a major contributor to poverty reduction.
  • Local people realize the economic benefits that wildlife and nature tourism bring, they will fight for conservation, even in the face of corruption and wildlife crime.

Many of the lodges and camps that we, at Bench Africa work with are passionately committed to ecotourism, dedicating themselves to unique and innovative conservation efforts in their respective areas.



The ecologically diverse country of Botswana is a fantastic example of ecotourism executed beautifully. Home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the lion, the cheetah, white rhino, black rhino and African wild dog, more than 17% of the country is protected as National Park land. Profits from tourism are invested heavily in conservation efforts and the world famous Okavango Delta is a huge focus of wildlife rehabilitation initiatives in the country. In 2014 the Okavango Delta became a UNESCO World Heritage site, meaning that it has been recognised as being of outstanding international importance and as such worthy of special protection.

Elephant on safari in the Delta
Elephant on safari in the Delta

"Our focus as a conservation group is to continue offering incredible safari experiences to our guests through dedicated guiding, wildlife interpretation and giving our guests an appreciation of nature in its wildest truest form. Not forgetting our commitment to communities neighbouring these wild areas and of course our struggle to protect the rhino." Alistair Rankin - Machaba Camp

What is your favourite camp in Botswana?


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