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Controversial tourism company wins ‘World Savers Award’ [Botswana]

Author: Survival International, Published on: 16 September 2010

Controversial tour operator Wilderness Safaris has won a ‘World Savers Award’, despite erecting a luxury tourist lodge with swimming pool on the land of Kalahari Bushmen who are struggling for water...Wilderness Safaris opened the Kalahari Plains Camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in 2009, having failed to consult the Bushmen on whose ancestral lands the lodge sits. The lodge sports a bar and swimming pool for tourists, while Bushmen in the reserve are banned from accessing a well which they rely on for water...Survival’s director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘Tourist companies should no longer be able to brush off the rights of tribal peoples on whose lands they put their hotels and lodges. It’s not good enough to say it’s just the concern of the government and nothing to do with the company...'

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Related companies: Wilderness Safaris