Responsible tourism: Family holiday to Jordan, Petra & the Dead Sea
Both ourselves and our local ground agent in Jordan are committed to preserving the natural environment. This tour is designed to have a minimum impact on the environment, ensuring that you have a great, guilt-free holiday. Rubbish produced on the tour is taken away to be recycled where possible, and solar powered lighting and heating is used along with eco-toilets. You will visit the precious ecosystem of Wadi Rum, which still supports a surprising variety of desert adapted wildlife, including small populations of the Syrian wolf, striped hyena and Nubian ibex. Small mammals, insects and reptiles are more common here and there are many birds of prey to be seen here during the migration seasons. Visits to this unique, natural reserve require a contribution of 5JOD per person, which goes to the local people. This financial incentive helps to provide a tangible value to the local people, who often live below or very close to the poverty line, meaning that they protect the wildlife rather than hunting it.
We are committed to promoting sustainable tourism, and this includes providing tangible benefits to the local communities that we visit during your tour. Our groups are accompanied by a local Jordanian guide throughout the trip, and where possible we use local suppliers of accommodation, food and other supplies such as equipment. This means that the money that you spend on your trip goes straight back to the local communities that you visit, contributing to the local economy and providing jobs for the local people. During the tour, you will spend the night with a local Bedouin family in a fixed camp. Enjoying a meal with the local Bedouins, giving you the opportunity to discuss anything and everything from their way of life, culture and food to the issues affecting them – whatever you wish! We love to promote positive cultural exchange when you travel, as it is such a fantastic opportunity to learn about other cultures and ways of life, as well as imparting knowledge on your hosts of the customs and cultures of other countries too. We try to encourage our guests to try out the local foods such as Zareb and Mansaf, and you will have an opportunity to do this during a local Bedouin picnic. Not only does this give you the chance to try the local delicacies, it also gives you another chance to give back to the local communities rather than by paying for lunch at a larger restaurant. You will also get the opportunity to visit a small carpet making factory, with the carpets produced by hand using old materials, preserving skills for future generations.