Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

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2016: 6 Dec, 13 Dec, 20 Dec, 27 Dec
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Responsible tourism: Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

Environment

As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.

Our clientsí requirements are of primary importance to us at all times, as we know that our growth and success depend on their continued support. Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities; we vowed to always endeavor to leave a positive mark on all places we visit and send clients.

On the road: Many of the resorts and operators we work with offer our clients free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles through out the trips; and ask clients if they want items laundered before simply washing towels and linens unnecessarily, to conserve water.

At the game reserve all the guides and trackers are local to the area and have been trained by the reserve management, bettering their communities. When visiting Estosha National Park for example, youíll be accompanied by a local guide who is knowledgeable about not only the local culture and history of the area, but also of the flora and fauna around the sanctuary. The guide will ensure that the group understand all the doís and doníts while visiting this National Park.
A portion of the reserve fees go to their conservation efforts. Guests are told of this campaign and educated about the conservation issues in an attempt to encourage awareness, and action.

The accommodation is focused on responsible travel, 80% of the staff are from the local community and sources products and produce from local suppliers wherever possible.

Community

This tour has been designed to both operate in a way that minimises our impact on the environment that we visit and to maximise the benefit that our clients can have on the host community.

We endeavour to follow responsible guidelines, as with all trips. Here the group goes to a local craft market to purchase items directly from the local artisans.

We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of live is minimised. We encourage our clients to have a truly immersive experience as well as support the livelihood of the local community.

When visiting Estosha National Park, youíll be accompanied by a local guide who is knowledgeable about not only the local culture and history of the area, but also of the flora and fauna around the sanctuary. The guide will ensure that the group understand all the doís and doníts while visiting this National Park.

We use local guides and drivers to support the local community.

Where possible we have choosen to stay in privately owned boutique accommodation where possible to support the local community

Reviews of Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

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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 23 May 2016 by

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


As you already know, I spent 4 weeks volunteering at the Knysna elephant park. Spending time with the elephants and working next two the staff and guides during this time was such an awesome experience. I learned so much about elephants and was able to make some long lasting friends here. It is very hard to narrow done what was the most memorable part. I love the elephants and fully enjoyed swimming with the seals and walking the cheetahs which I was able to do on my days off. I was able to do numerous adventures while on my days off. After my time at the elephant park, I totally enjoyed the two day safari at Addo elephant park.

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


For Americans, I would give the tip to slow down and enjoy what you are doing. We in American have a tendency to do to much and not enjoy the little things in life. Life is slower in South Africa and I was able to enjoy my time better when I realized I did not need to do everything in one day. Make sure your credit cards and debit cards work in South Africa as you will need them. Bring some cash and exchange your currency for Rand, which is South Africa's money and currently the value of our dollar is awesome. Don't just see the sights and the animals, try to meet the citizens of South Africa and get to know them. They are awesome people, even the ones who work there and are not native to South Africa.

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


Yes, I believe my volunteer time and my holiday after the elephant park did benefit local people. I was able to donate some of my belongings to others, who could use my property. I believe in tipping and I know with the way I tip, it helped the food and bar servers as well the employees at the hotels I stayed at. I am not sure if I had any impact on the environment, but I don't believe I hurt it in any way.

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



Five stars out of five stars. First off, this is the first holiday I have been on in which I left the United States. I do not include my trips to Mexico. It was a trip of a life time. I plan on coming back to Africa and seeing some of the other countries. I want to comment Julia from the holiday provider, she was totally awesome and was there for me at any time. She planned my holiday schedule and did an outstanding job and was there to assist me when I was involved in an accident. The company they work with in South Africa, was also outstanding to work with.

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Thank you so much for the positive feedback. We are so pleased that you had a great time
and that you are happy with the services we offer. We pride ourselves on our personal
service, and on ensuring that our customers are well taken care of. We look forward to
helping you with your future trips to Africa!

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