Chobe Game Lodge was once again firmly placed in the world sustainable tourism spotlight when it won the Best for Carbon Reduction Award at the 2017 Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London. The award was in recognition for Chobe Game Lodge’s fleet of electric game drive vehicles and solar powered safari boats – a first of its kind in Africa.
The Responsible Tourism Awards is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry on a global scale. According to their report, “The Responsible Tourism Awards focus on the contributions made by tourism businesses and organisations and by destinations – we want to recognise those who are making a difference. The change makers, those leading the way to make tourism more sustainable by taking responsibility for driving down the negative impacts of tourism and increasing the positive impacts”.
Chobe Game Lodge certainly fits the Responsible Tourism Awards criteria with its strong focus in responsible tourism development and driving change in the Botswana tourism industry. This is in fact the third time Chobe Game Lodge has been recognised in the Responsible Tourism Awards having won Best for Resource Management in 2015 and Best for Responsible Employment in 2016.
Here is what the judges had to say about Chobe Game Lodge and why it was chosen in the carbon reduction category; “The judges recognised the breadth of their engagement with the Responsible Tourism agenda. They were particularly impressed by their fleet of electric vehicles and their commitment to reducing their carbon emissions by progressively introducing electrically powered vehicles and boats for game viewing and adopting solar energy and biodiesel… The guests enjoy a silent less intrusive game drive and CO2 emissions are saved contributing to achieving SDG13: combatting climate change.”
Read the full Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 report on their website above
The first electric powered vehicle and boat were introduced at Chobe Game Lodge in November 2014 as a pilot project. It was a first of its kind in Botswana but Chobe Game Lodge was determined to prove that electric vehicles could be used successfully in the safari industry as a way of minimising impact while at the same time offering a far superior experience for travellers. The project was an immediate success and since 2014 the fleet has grown steadily with new vehicles and boats being added to the fleet each year. The current Chobe Game Lodge fleet is almost all electric with plans to operate a complete fleet in the near future.
Congratulations once again to Chobe Game Lodge for another Responsible Tourism Award and to the teams ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism development.
Chobe Game Lodge forms part of Desert & Delta Safaris portfolio of unique safari lodges. For more information, visit the Chobe Game Lodge page on our website.