Zambezi canoeing safari, Zambia

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Responsible tourism: Zambezi canoeing safari, Zambia

Environment

We operate on a seasonal basis running self-contained canoeing safaris on the Lower Zambezi. This is beneficial in several ways to other more permanent safaris.
1. We carry all our refuse for disposal at the end of the safari as we are a mobile unit.
2. All traces of our existence at the canoeing season are wiped away with the river flooding and with the green season rains returning the environment to its natural state.
3. Our fly camp is on the banks of the river are seasonal and are taking down every November before being re-set 6 month later in April once all the vegetation has returned to its original state. This allows for the area to have a break from people in the area.

Much of the camp is built from local reed mats and shade provided for by the local surrounding villagers who weave the wild reeds together while the camp itself is run on solar or inverter lights at our fly camp for minimal noise pollution in keeping with our surrounds.

All staff being resident to the Zambezi River system and receive training to become guides on the river through a comprehensive training program. On attaining their relevant hours of practical experience they are required to write a raft of local exams set out by the local Parks and wildlife authorities. Only then are they able to lead their own trips down the Zambezi and introduce guests to the local villagers and assist in ongoing projects that we support.

Love many, trust few, paddle and preserve from your own canoe

Community

Our staff come from the surrounding areas of operations in the Zambezi Valley. Each potential guide receives a comprehensive training program and on attaining their relevant hours of practical experience they are required to write a raft of local exams set out by the local Parks and wildlife authorities. Only then are they able to lead their own trips down the Zambezi and introduce guests to the local villagers where we assist with on-going projects be it physically building a classrooms, planting gardens/red peppers to keep elephant at bay or mending fences there is always work to be done.

Donations in the way of clothing, reading books pens and paper are always greatly appreciated as these communities have very little in the way of accessing these with their limited finances. As a company through our network of well wishers we are able to contribute a monthly food allowance and school fees for a teacher to assist the Magurumeno orphanage school.

Our longer term wish list is to build defences around their vegetable garden to deter Hippo and Elephant while also dropping a borehole at the school for clean water.

Most of our green vegetable supplies come from local markets while our basic building materials from Carpenters; thatcher’s and mat makers in the surrounding communities who erect our new fly camp every year whilst also re-opening up the roads and river crossings that were washed away during the rains.

Generally we just try to have respect for the area we operate in so it remains sustainable for generations to come.

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