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Eco-friendly Africa Travel

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Would you like to find out more about Africa travel and sustainable lifestyles? Do you care about the environment and want to learn how to travel in an eco-friendly way?

This site comes from the realisation that although many people travel through Africa to appreciate its diversity, incredible wildlife and unforgettable scenery, they also leave a discernible carbon footprint on the environment they so admire.

It is dedicated to providing first-hand information on eco-friendly Africa travel from real travellers who aim to make a difference by demonstrating a sustainable lifestyle.

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How do we intend to do this?

We’re updating the site with exceptional professional wildlife and nature photography, offering an objective commentary about the countries we pass through, as well as reviewing and recommending eco-friendly establishments along the way.

We aim to work on various permaculture projects and raise money to help these organisations to teach Africa's people to become self-sufficient.

We’re dedicated to bringing you informed, well-researched articles about the environment and what we can do to conserve it through sustainable eco-travel.

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And how did we end up doing this?

Let me introduce myself first. My name is Melissa and I’m a copywriter and journalist from South Africa. While working in Dubai, I realised that the earth is increasingly stressed, and we need to take action.

After I attended a permaculture design course in South Africa, my husband Christopher and I began planning The Great Africa Travel Adventure: Cape Town to Dubai.

About our trip: A carbon-neutral scooter safari through South Africa

The two of us rode LML/Vespa scooters for 9 months, covering 15,000 km through the whole of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, visiting and volunteering at permaculture projects and planting trees in as many locations as we could to ensure our trip is not only carbon-neutral, but is beneficial to the environment and the communities we visited.

Food and trees for africa This trip and 25% of any proceeds from this trip supports Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), a dynamic NGO that works to realise sustainable development through greening, climate change action, sustainable natural resource management and permaculture food security programmes, with a strong focus on environmental and global warming awareness and education.


FTFA has distributed over 4 million trees, facilitated the creation of thousands of organic food gardens for the world's poorest and launched the first carbon calculator, the Climate Change Leadership Awards and the Carbon Protocol of South Africa.

Throughout our travels, we've been documenting FTFA's permaculture projects and food gardens, as well as various eco-villages, earthships, community initiatives and more, brought vividly to life through the skills of our resident professional photographer, Christopher List.

We hope our trip will generate awareness about sustainable lifestyles and travel - and with your help and that of environmentally-friendly corporations - raise funds to help green Africa.

So come enjoy the incredible ecologically-vibrant wonder that is Africa and through your travels, make a difference to every living thing on earth.

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Hi, my name is Melissa and I created this site together with photographer Christopher List to help spread awareness about green lifestyles and travel, so everyone can learn how easy it is to live in a sustainable way. Enjoy!

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I wasn't sure what a permaculture design course was about, until I read through Melissa's fantastic blog! I've signed up and soon I'll be a PDC graduate too.

Kelly Richardson - Arizona

The link between personal responsibility and preserving our environment is becoming increasingly clear to me. Reading up on simple ways to be more eco-friendly in my life and travels has really helped me practice what I preach.

Dennis Howley - Namibia

I can't wait to follow Melissa and Chris' adventures in the Middle East and Africa. You guys inspire me!

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