Rethinking Tourism: Over-tourism to Meaningful experiences
Over-tourism is currently an important topic in the travel industry.
A robust conversation around this was sparked by a fellow team member’s recent visit to Japan, where they’d encountered the effects of over-tourism: in two instances she was surrounded by tourists that it was difficult to see the sites and watching the tourists became the biggest part of the experience.
Environmental impact aside, no traveller dreams of claustrophobic tourist experiences. And yet, even the wide-open-spaces in African wildlife reserves are seeing the unintended consequences of aggressively marketing African bucket list experiences over the past three decades.
While Timeless Africa Safaris is fortunate to operate in an industry and on a continent that maintains a balance thanks to limited lodges and dedicated conservation efforts by organisations directly involved in this field, we consistently find ourselves strategising how we can contribute positively to this global conversation.