One thing that obviously is changing our world dramatically, in a very short time, is the Internet — but now, it’s all over the world, not just in developed Western areas.
Our African resorts obviously use Web access. And access is coming to more wild places, remote areas, lands that could only receive access from above.
Big companies like Facebook and Google are presently developing drone technologies with various concepts that can deliver Web access from the sky, freely, bypassing any possible local providers.
You may wonder how or why those firms would be interested in spending millions to give Africans in the bush free Web access (just as an example — it could be anybody, anywhere).
Well, although we would all like to think that Google is a good company, with high corporate ethics, the motive is probably gaining loyalty amongst all the isolated people in the world who have yet to join the Web community.
So, it seems that a world covered by Internet access is in the pipe. We might call it inevitable. We, who live in remote areas, places without much human development, and who love it that way — and moreover make it our work to share this with others — we have mixed feelings about such a global ‘development’.
One of the things our guests end up appreciating (and of course enjoy) is taking a break from their mobile phones and even larger electronics. It has been researched and proven that camping for a week without telecom networks and devices can reset the body’s natural rhythms and chemistry.
So, while we will always want there to be places like ours where people can escape the world’s development as well as society’s growing demand to ‘be connected’ by artificial means, obviously it is difficult to knock global Web access. It is better, we suppose, to have this universal availability, albeit with new mores perhaps about avoiding being online all the time.
Wait and See
Perhaps it is true that basically we’re still in the early days of our newest media technologies. People’s addictions to these devices and their 24/7 wired lives will balance at some point. Now more than ever, we all need to be more intentional about the amount of time we’re jacked into computers in daily life.
Our guests soon discover how full indeed is this natural world around them here, with rhythms far deeper than global time zones and constantly-updated Web content. Unplugging is, in fact, a way actually to take a trip these days, especially when one takes the trouble to penetrate deepest Africa.
Our resorts have green certifications because of certain things we do, like ban plastic water bottles and give each guest a stainless steel decanter.
We might one day have to establish and reserve special areas of each property to remain without Internet access — for those who want a real break from their hyper-real lives back home. Although it soon could be very tempting to play pay pal casinos even in the bush or Savannah, we would really rather you didn’t!