SOUTHERN AFRICA’S TOURISM HAS POTENTIAL AND SKILLS BUT LACKS LITTER AWARENESS!
Guests want a clean southern Africa
Photos and text by Stefan Rust
(In terms of the Geneva Convention the copyright of these texts belongs to Stefan Rust)
It is beyond my comprehension that people in today’s time continue littering, in the knowledge that it is not sustainable or healthy.
It is no pleasure, taking guests through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, Francistown in Botswana or Mapungubwe NP in South Africa with plastics and rubbish all alongside the roads.
Is it a mindset, stupidity or a case of ‘doesn’t bother me’? Destruction of the environment, animals and people through littering is nothing new.
Because of this serious litter situation, BirdsConTour together with guests takes action under its division Travel gives Wings to collect litter while being on tour. This project was given the name BirdsConTour for a cleaner Bird Habitat. It was founded in a bid to not only complain but to take action and to hopefully create awareness with people the moment they see BirdsConTour and the guests collecting litter. Respond is positive because often people in the surrounding join and start picking up litter.
In this regard, Stefan Rust from BirdsConTour collected litter while being on the road with a Limpopo Tour from Pack Safar and Chamäleon Reisen. Areas that have been cleaned are the turnoff to Mount Etjo, Namibia, and the parking area at the Mapungubwe NP museum in South Africa. These places were in dire need of attention.