Responsible tourism: Tanzania family safari, Crater Capers
Wildlife: We are lucky enough to visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a conservation area, not a national park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. Entrance fees in each of these areas are an essential form of support which goes towards the preservation and conservation of the remarkable amount of wildlife here (including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). By promoting a form of tourism that is against harming animals, yet is successful, we spread the message that there is a mutually beneficial way to co-exist with wildlife. This deters poaching activity and capturing of wild animals to be put in zoos.
UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Accommodation and Meals: We will be spending 8 nights in hotels and 3 nights in a permanent tented safari camp. The hotel and camp staff is largely local, which benefits employment in the areas in which we stay. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced from a farm, market or local shop. Breakfasts in Tanzania will usually consist of fresh fruit, bread, yoghurt, cereal and eggs, for example. We recommend eating out at smaller, family-run restaurants rather than large chains wherever possible. This is a way to explore authentic, regional cuisine whilst putting money back in the pockets of local people. Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include grilled beef with plantain, pilau rice and biryani, chapatti, okra, ugali (maize porridge) and freshly caught seafood on the coast.
Local Craft and Culture: At the foothills of Kilimanjaro we meet the local inhabitants of Marangu Village and take a tour, learning about the culture of the Chagga tribe. We will be able to appreciate Chagga craftsmanship, which is visible from their traditional woven straw roofing to specialities like homemade beer (Mbege) and banana based dishes. As the Chagga lifestyle is predominantly agricultural, our tours offer alternative opportunities for generating income. Whilst in Zanzibar, we also recommend hiring a dhow or taking a spice tour as these excursions are run by local people. Much of inland Zanzibar is dominated by the production of exotic spices and we can visit several farms with a professional guide, with the chance to taste and buy.
Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 15 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.