Responsible tourism: Cape Town to Victoria Falls, overland tour
For hundreds of years, the local communities in and around Botswana's Okavango Delta have used the wood of the sausage tree to craft their traditional mokoro (dugout canoes). The knowledge and skills required to do this have been passed down from generation to generation and, up until recently, has been a sustainable practice. With increasing numbers of people visiting the Delta each year, more mokoro are needed and as a direct result, more and more sausage trees are being felled and the sausage tree is sadly disappearing from the region. A traditional wooden mokoro has to be replaced every five years, thereby placing increased pressure on the dwindling sausage tree supply. Our partner in Botswana has established a project to encourage polers in the local communities to buy replica fiberglass mokoro’s, which have a lifespan of approximately ten years, are more stable and are produced without any negative impact on the sausage trees.
Both ourselves and our local partners are committed to giving back to the local communities that we visit on our tours. Many of the staff that you will encounter during this tour are employed locally. Our local guides have excellent local knowledge, honed from living and working in the area in which they are guiding, and they have exceptional knowledge of the local wildlife, culture and environment enabling them to give you the chance to meet and interact with the local people. Through the support and employment of local people, whose wages are paid through your participation on the tour, you are directly contributing to the economies and lives of the people that you are visiting. We encourage our clients to get out there are visit local restaurants along the way, further putting money back into the local communities whilst giving you authentic experiences and memories to last a lifetime.