Kirurumu tented lodge is run on strict environmental principles. The lodge is also at the forefront of an initiative to set up the Kirurumu Gorge Conservation area, to help stop the degradation of the gorge, and help local villagers with an income and sustainable wood source.
Ngorongoro highland treks: This is organised in cooperation with the members of a local Maasai village at the foot of Mount Makarot. This community benefits from each visitor as they provide guiding services, plus donkeys for carrying equipment where necessary. Specific boma visits are arranged at extra cost.
Chumbe island: The island is run as a non-profit organisation, where all revenue generated is ploughed back into the project to fund the running costs of the Marine Protected Area, various research projects, conservation and education programmes. Revenue generated by the ecotourism on the island has provided important community benefits and social services to the population of Zanzibar, particularly fishermen, schoolchildren and the population in general.
We were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip - excluding flights - remains in the destination.
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.
Amanda set up this adventure tour operators with her husband in 1998 because she wanted to involve local people in offering authentic travel experiences. She believes in sticking closely with who you want to work with and maintains strong relationships with her staff. As a result, her holidays offer imaginative itineraries with unusual add-ons, thanks to the interesting links with grass roots companies. Amanda is passionate about green travel and has her own travel foundation which promotes sustainability. She and her staff work hard to 'keep it real' so that your holiday leaves you truly inspired.
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