The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
To explore Madagascar is to immerse yourself into one of the most unique ecosystems on earth. Nowhere else on this planet saw the evolution of the region’s most captivating resident, the lemur and there is a wealth of flora also unique to this African island. It is vital therefore that our groups tread carefully when visiting this precious ecological region and our tour around the island has been designed with this at the forefront of our minds.
We encourage all our travellers to be socially and culturally aware of our responsibilities when travelling. On a tour level, this involves our use of locally owned hotels and lodges as we endeavour to the keep the money our visit generates within the local communities. It involves us eating in smaller, locally owned restaurants and cafes that source their produce locally and often specialise in regional specialities, and it involves the recruitment of your professional group leader and experienced driver from the regions we visit. All of these steps, not only help the region financially, but they also contribute towards a fantastic trip experience for our travellers. It means you’ll often eat where the locals eat, stay in places reflective of the region and get to see a side of the country other visitors miss out on.
Your group leader will encourage group members looking for souvenirs to purchase them from smaller operators and artisans, again supporting local enterprise and encouraging the continuation of traditional skills. Opportunities for this will arise particularly during your visit Fianarantsoa known for its markets and handicrafts, or on your village visit to Ambositra when you stop by one of the traditional workshops specialising in printmaking or wood carving.
We visit a number of national parks on this itinerary where the fees from our admittance contribute directly to the conservation of these fragile and endangered habitats. We will be discovering the parks on foot with a naturalist guide, and request that all travellers treat these parks with respect, listening to your guides’ instructions and staying on the marked trails so as not to unintentionally damage the habitat we are exploring.
Maintaining this fragile environment is the responsibility of every traveller to the region, and your group leader will also be on hand throughout the trip to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.
In addition to cutting down on our waste on tour, we also look to reduce carbon emissions where ever possible. As a company we operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular adventure through Madagascar that equates to 1,200kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure