Kenya & Tanzania safari, culture and wildlife 14 days

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Responsible tourism: Kenya & Tanzania safari, culture and wildlife 14 days

Environment

There are tremendous attractions in East Africa but the effect of tourism on fragile environments and indigenous cultures is often degrading. This need not be so and we want to avoid contributing to further damage whilst recognising that foreign visitors can bring great benefits. Therefore our trips are designed to give real insights into the lands we travel through with minimum impact on the people and places we visit.

We provide an intelligent traveller's alternative to the myriad adventure treks and safaris. We don’t miss the wildlife spectaculars, the so called “Big Five” - but you’ll see and learn something of the other five hundred as well and we'll never make you feel like a package tourist.

All of our hotels and campsites are locally owned and staffed by Kenyans and Tanzanians. All of our foodstuffs are bought locally - often involving our clients in the shopping from markets along the way. On safari our drivers and guides adhere to the behaviour guidelines for as set out by Friends of Conservation.

Community

There are no woolly "wherever possible" or "if available" caveats to our commitments to responsible travel practices benefiting local communities. We believe that all members in local communities must see rewards from tourism if they are to have an interest in safeguarding their environments. In Kenya we have negotiated directly with local community leaders to provide the services we require. These enable our clients to share village life and cultural insights with the Maasai or Kikuyu (including home-stays) and the community benefits directly from the visit. In addition, we have a number of schemes in primary schools to provide books, uniforms, building materials and pay school fees and our clients have the chance to visit these during the safari if they wish. These schools are Morijo, Ololulunga, Olanganaiyo, Sekanani and Githero Primary schools.

In Tanzania our activities with the Maasai and Iraqw people benefit their village communities directly through the fees we pay - supporting families, local guides and a number of local farmers and businesses along the way. We also contribute to larger projects (cattle dip, schools, clinic, solar installation) that are used by the wider community.

Our staff are paid well above average wages and have contracts of employment with agreed conditions of service and annual profit-share bonuses. We do not recruit on tribal or cultural allegiance grounds. We employ many local guides and camp assistants en-route. Treating our staff fairly creates loyalty to our company and commitment to providing our clients with superb service.

We provide our clients with advice on responsible travel behaviour and encourage them to share their cultures with the peoples they meet as a way of improving understanding of our two very different life-styles. With the exception of the overheads for a small UK office - all of the money paid for the safaris remains in Kenya and Tanzania.

Reviews of Kenya & Tanzania safari, culture and wildlife 14 days

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The cultural visits to villages and the excellent guides

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all the guides were committed to the countries and people we visited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was fantastic and we wouldn't have found the outfitters if it weren't for Responsible Travel.

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole thing was memorable! We saw all the animals we could hope for, most of them in great numbers and really close up. Perhaps the very best was when we came upon first a mating lion couple and then, a few km away, the rest of the pride with mums and cubs nursing and playing. Absolutely amazing!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The safari camps are quite basic, so although camping means you get very much closer to nature - we had jackals and zebra actually come through our camps at night - and although the support team did a great job making us as comfortable as possible, some experience of camping is probably an advantage.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely, we had lots of interactions with locals everywhere we went, and unlike most safaris this one included two days of cultural programmes that were a major plus point for everyone in our group.

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Staying in a bush camp site, watching three lions less than one kilometre away from the site.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Open your mind and your spirit to new and wonderful feelings.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we were visiting some villages, knowing about their costumes and how are they are looking for solutions to their problem with the new situations (mass-tourism, global warming, etc...) They were really glad with the goods we carried for them.

4. Any other comments?


It's good to know the weather conditions before going. Tanzania was superb because it has been raining; Kenya was different because of the draught they are suffering.

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