Sri Lanka tailor made holidays, Elephants and Beaches

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka tailor made holidays, Elephants and Beaches

Environment

We spend much of this trip visiting the rich archaeological sites of Sri Lanka, however we also visit Uda Walawe National Park which provides an important habitat for water birds and wild elephants and is also home to large mammals such as leopard and sloth bear. The entrance fees that we pay here play an important part in contributing towards conservation efforts within the park; the park also provides employment for local people, helping to reinforce the attitude that wildlife is an asset worth preserving rather than a resource to be exploited.

We also visit the transit home for elephants within the national park. This was established to provide care for orphaned elephants and prepare them for eventual release into the wild, once they have learned the skills to care for themselves,

To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter (which unfortunately is commonplace here) to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside. We also work with hotels and accommodation providers to offer guidelines on how best to have a low impact upon the environment, from water and electricity conservation to responsible methods of waste disposal.

In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water

Community

We only ever use local tour leaders and guides on our trips; not only does this mean that travellers get local insights that they might not get from a westerner, but it means that the communities we travel through benefit directly from the presence of tourism.

We try to encourage our travellers to spread their spending among local businesses, and for that reason we exclude most meals to give people the opportunity to eat in local restaurants, avoiding spending everything in the hotel and bypassing local businesses.

In all of our pre-departure notes we include extensive information about how to travel sensitively and travellers are given guidelines on local culture and customs.

We visit a number of historic sites on this trip, some of which are Buddhist in origin. Travellers are fully briefed on appropriate dress and behaviour so as not to offend the cultures through which they are travelling. Some of these sites that are also rather fragile – Dambulla’s frescoes for example are susceptible to damage if touched. We ensure that our travellers do not contribute to their deterioration, which also includes appropriate guidelines on flash photography.

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