Responsible tourism: Dahabya Nile cruise holiday in Egypt
This tour promotes environment friendliness in several ways.
Firstly, by travelling with a sail boat and using a tug boat in some instances we do not use much diesel like large cruise ships. Most of the tours are on foot, therefore reducing carbon emission.
Waste from the boat is disposed in collection points along our sailing route. These are the same locations where locals are disposing of their waste.
The Dahabya sail boat use much less water than larger cruise ships and operate on smaller generators for electricity. The generators are shut down at midnight till breakfast time, a feature that is not followed on larger cruise boats.
Secondly, food consumed on board is mostly fresh. We hardly use any canned food supplies, therefore the waste is mostly organic. The kitchens of Dahabyas are smaller than larger cruise ships and cannot sustain storage of canned materials. Many of the food items are purchased from local markets by the sailors as we travel through these villages and towns.
Our signature village walks provide sustenance to the local community.
In one of the locations we show you traditional village workshops with no commitment to buy anything. As a matter of fact, we purchase gifts that are included in the tour price when you take these walks. In other locations, we support local herdsmen and we actually take you to see the results of our recent donations to their livestock.
We do not only use our professional Egyptologist, but we support locals too. In several of our walks we use local people to be our guides. We do not only use our professional Egyptologist, but we support locals too.
Transportation used in some of our village walks are provided by local taxi drivers rather than renting out a car from a travel agency. we are also keen on benefiting locals who are not involved in the travel industry, therefore we take you to a local market where we purchase vegetables and fruits to cook on board.
We encourage our travelers to bring along pens and other stationary when going on this tour as we get the chance to stop by a local school in one of our walks and donate.