The award ceremony took place at the inaugural
African Responsible Tourism Awards at the World
Travel Market Africa in Cape Town. Hundreds of
properties from around Africa were nominated for
several different Responsible Tourism categories
including best for Resource Management. An
independent judging panel of writers, tourism
professionals and responsible tourism leaders then
selected Chobe Game Lodge the winner out of the
five finalists in this category.
The judges were most impressed by Chobe
Game Lodge’s commitment to reforming its entire
waste management from biogas production from
the kitchen waste to the use of the first electricgame
viewing fleet in Africa together with the
ultimate aim of reducing dependency on the grid.
One of the judges, Director of the International
Centre for Responsible Tourism, Professor Harold
Goodwin, commended the world class winners
yesterday. Since 2004 African businesses from 14
countries have won awards, with 20% of the award’s
winners coming from Africa.
Said a spokesman for the company: “This award
is most appropriately deserved by all the women
and men of our entire company who have worked
with such passion and dedication to achieve this
recognition in Responsible Tourism.
“Our vision at Chobe Game Lodge is to be the
most responsible tourism operation in the world
(and we’ve been working towards this) since we
made the first glass on our on-site recycling plant
in 2004 to the moment we welcomed guests on the
first CO2 emission free electric safari vehicle in
2014. In doing so we hope to assist more and more
operators in Botswana to ensure we lead the way in
responsible tourism in Africa,” said the spokesman.
“Special thanks should also go to Botswana
Tourism Organisation which has so actively
encouraged the industry to get on board with their
ecotourism grading scheme and supported us as a
leading destination for Responsible Tourism.”
Chobe Game Lodge will now be automatically
in line for the World Responsible Tourism Awards
taking place in London in November this year.
For the official press release about the
Responsible Tourism Awards Africa For more
information about our lodge and responsible
tourism initiatives contact: enquiries@