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Eco-Choices at Arkaba
Above all our prime motivation for what we do is to open the minds of guests who stay with us through the activities our guides conduct in the environment. This comes through the interpretation of the environment, the birdlife, and the mammal and reptile life. It also comes through the active debate of topical issues in the environment and through the day to day operation of the camps.
Each aspect of our camps: from energy usage to waste disposal; our choice of linen; our recycling of bottles (we filter our own water and do not use plastic mineral water bottles) or our use of eco-certified cleaning materials has been carefully planned to minimise our impact on the land and we are constantly reviewing and improving our strategies. Our investment in solar power at our camps is aimed at minimising our carbon emissions.
Our strongly held belief is that tourism should help foster conservation of our natural and cultural heritage and our rates include a contribution to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, whose work on private sanctuaries around the country is at the forefront of protecting endangered species in Australia.
The Arkaba Walk was thrilled to take home the silver medal in the Eco Tourism category at the South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) awards held in Adelaide, November 2012 and bronze in the same category in 2013.
'Conservation is a never ending story and there is always more to be done. The long, hot summer of conservation work has only just begun ...'
Louise Southerden - Leaving No Footprints - Feb 2013