South Africa is home to majestic mountain ranges, scenic beaches, and some of the most unspoilt wilderness areas on the planet; it also has a diverse cultural heritage going back thousands, if not millions of years. It is therefore not surprising that South Africa is home to no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all of which are impressive in their beauty and their contribution to humanity.
Anyone eco-tourist who likes the idea of spending time at a beautiful national park whilst enjoying stunning views and wonderful weather can't go wrong with a visit to Inagua National Park in the Bahamas.
One of several national parks on these lush islands in the Caribbean, the Inagua sits coast to coast on the Island of Great Inagua and is renowned for its vast West Indian Flamingo population that call it home.
The French Alps are a relatively young mountain range, and therefore offer some of the most breathtaking vistas - sheer, angular snow-capped peaks, with secluded valleys nestled between them. As a holiday destination, the Alps are most often associated with ski-resorts and over-priced chalets. Increasingly people are now flocking to the French Alps during the summer months thanks to numerous eco-lodges which have sprung up in the region over the last few years.
Not to be confused with Denmark in Europe, William Bay National Park lies on the south west coast of Australia and is a real sight for any green traveller looking for a taste of heaven. Established in 1971 this park is one of Australia's most established parts due to its unspoiled scenery and warm climate.
Is it a calling or coincidence that some of the most marginalised communities, endangered animals and vulnerable habitats of the world are found in dream holiday destinations. Masai Mara tribe of Kenya are deprived of basics, Orangutans remain synonymous to Borneo and are threatened with the illegal pet trading and habitat destruction from illegal logging, and the Amazon rainforest is fast disappearing from booming industry in Latin America.
The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km? and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km? in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.
Sanibel Island is an island located on the Gulf coast of Florida. With the city of Sanibel incorporating the entire island and with a population of just over 6,000, it is the perfect sunshine hideaway for any ecotourist looking to relax and soak up some rays. Most of the city proper is concentrated on the east side of the island, leaving the rest mostly free fof traffic - human or otherwise.
Village elders have a saying in Longsheng: where there is soil there is a terrace. Two hours ride from the city of Guilin in Guanxi province, the problem of growing rice on steep hills was long ago solved by cutting long terraces, like giant round staircases, directly into the hills, and there has been a rice harvest every year since that time long ago in the thirteenth century.
Get inspired for your next adventure holiday with Facing Waves, a TV series featuring 30-minute episodes about the world best destinations for canoe, raft and stand up paddleboard experiences. The show explores each destination from a unique point of view following top athletes in these water sports and telling about inspiring places and attractions in the area.
Still considered an active volcano, the last eruption of Aogashima was way back in 1781 and lasted four years through to 1785. The island of Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea and located approximately 358 kilometers (222 mi) south of Tokyo. With a population of just 205, it is the most isolated inhabited island of the Izu Archipelago.