Eco-tourism can be defined as protecting and empowering local people and natural areas, whilst simultaneously providing visitors with a unique but low impact experience. In essence, eco-tourism should unite conservation, communities and sustainable travel.
Two of the terms most often used interchangeably with 'eco-tourism' are ‘sustainable tourism’ and ‘responsible tourism'. Sustainable tourism means that resources should be unaffected by your visit and that your stay at the destination should not prevent future tourists from enjoying the same experience. The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development brings a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and the tourists themselves. Responsible tourism, however, means that you minimise your negative impact on the environment.
At Three Valleys, the provision of a safe environment for all animals, whether endangered or not, to live and breed is how we shape our contribution to wildlife conservation.
All hunting done on the reserve is strictly for species control purposes, and is done ethically and respectfully.
Three Valleys is operated with an eco-friendly stance, with a focus on responsible management and upkeep of both the environment and animals. Our eco-responsible approach is is attained through extensive recycling endeavours, supporting local and organic products, wildlife and nature conservation, as well as engaging in water-wise practices.
Three Valleys residents, staff and guests (as encouraged) are actively involved in recycling on the farm in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint by lessening pollution, the conservation of natural resources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Separate recycling bins are clearly labelled and easily accessible, and are taken to Port Alfred on a weekly basis, where they are dropped off with a small, local recycling initiative that makes furniture from the recycled waste.
GOING OFF GRID
Three Valleys is currently transitioning towards going 'off-grid', with initiatives to introduce solar power and hydroelectric technology to ensure sustainable energy consumption on the farm.