BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 28 — Forgoing that safari getaway may seem like doing the right thing in a shaky economy, but for the wild places that depend on ecotourism dollars to support conservation efforts, travel is anything but a luxury. Concerned about the very real needs of nature travel destinations around the planet in the face of tighter traveler purse strings, top tour provider Natural Habitat Adventures has announced a one-time “Conservation Credit” that can translate into serious savings, including $1,000 off per person on a 2009 African safari.
Natural Habitat Adventures hit upon the unique Conservation Credit–its first such travel deal in its 25-year history–through talking with its African partners who own small camps and lodges. “We needed to find a way to help keep people traveling during these tough economic times so the wild corners of our planet that count on responsible tourism can thrive,” says Natural Habitat Adventures founder and director Ben Bressler.
“Tourism can be a real source of good in the world,” Bressler explains. “Our Uganda trip fees go directly toward protecting wild mountain gorillas on a day-to-day basis, for example–while sending a clear message to Uganda’s government that saving gorillas matters. In fact, I believe that without tourism, those gorillas would be extinct.”
To receive a Conservation Credit certificate, travelers need only take a brief online ecotourism survey at http://www.nathab.com/newsletters/2009/Jan-Africa-Plus/africa_credit.html. Travelers making a new booking on a 2009 African safari can then use the credit for a per-person travel discount of $1,000 on any scheduled 2009 South African Safari, $500 on any scheduled 2009 East African Safari, or 50 percent off a Classic Galapagos Islands Adventure that departs by May 31, 2010–with the travel discount applying to the entire party. Visit www.NatHab.com for wildlife tour details.
Natural Habitat Adventures provides once-in-a-lifetime small-group encounters with wildlife around the planet. A member of Adventure Collection, it also serves as exclusive Conservation Travel Provider to World Wildlife Fund and was ranked a 2009 Best Adventure Travel Company by National Geographic Adventure. All Natural Habitat Adventures trips are carbon neutral. For additional information, visit www.NatHab.com or call 800-543-8917.