We are thrilled to announce that in the recently published TreeHugger.com awards, Real Gap has been awarded first place for the Best Volunteer Vacation.
In recognition to Real Gap's commitment to incorporating volunteering into their holiday experiences,
Real Gap's Lion Cub Experience in South Africa ticked all the boxes and beat off stiff competition from seven other competitors.
The Best of Green awards were launched in 2009 as a way to recognise and honour the travel companies that are helping push sustainability mainstream.
Since 2010, The Best of Green Awards have included a Readers' Choice Award for each category and the projects put forward were chosen by TreeHugger.com experienced editorial staff.
The votes were cast in March 2012 by a predominantly North American audience.
The winning trip: It's an opportunity to wave goodbye to the tourist trail and embark on the closest of encounters with future princes of the jungle. At this lion cub research and conservation center near Johannesburg in South Africa, budding volunteers can actively participate in raising the cubs and caring for other members of their family. Daily duties include feeding, research, enclosure maintenance, assisting the vets as well as plenty of free time to explore the surrounding areas. Set in a stunning location the reserve is home to a number of lion cubs and it's popular as it's not every day you get to be up close and personal on such a safari. South Africa Lion Cub Experience
David Stitt, MD, Real Gap said, “We are extremely grateful to the many consumers who nominated us. Real Gap will continue to not only maintain our sustainable approach to travel but also improve upon it. This award recognises that Real Gap, is leading the way providing popular gap/volunteering holidays. The key factors that set us apart include expertise in the field, local projects and knowledge, plus Real Gap's commitment to sustainability”.