Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka tour, culture, adventure & activities
The unspoilt, pristine outdoors is crucial to our Sri Lanka tour, and therefore protecting the environment is at the heart of the business. Our local agent in Sri Lanka actively campaigns and educates local communities against all forms of animal abuse as well as supporting local environmental projects such as wildlife conservation and reforestation in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Foundation.
During the tour, we visit many areas where we enjoy trekking, rafting, cycling or camping in nature. In these areas, we ask clients and staff to avoid picking flowers and plants and likewise ensure that nothing is left behind.
Plastic packaging is avoided wherever possible, with the exception of water bottles, due to the lack of a suitable alternative. However empty bottles are re-used wherever possible, and later collected, along with all paper, cardboard, aluminium and metal waste and taken to the town recycling centre.
On safari, running the 4WD during the day charges the DC batteries which are then used at night as a renewable energy source. Used coconut shells are recycled to use for BBQs and campfires. Additional wood is collected from the area if required. No trees are cut for this purpose.
Both ourselves and our local partner in Sri Lanka are committed to giving back to the communities that we visit during our tours. Our local partner built their business model around ensuring long-term benefits for the communities, environment and customers. They support local community tourism initiatives and incorporate these into the tour by visiting ethical local businesses to ensure that money from tourism benefits the local communities and visitors have the opportunity to meet with people in the local villages. Many of the popular tourist attractions on other tours such as the turtle hatcheries, elephant orphanage and the Bullock Cart Trail are avoided for conservation and ethical reasons, we prefer instead to take our guests to areas more off the beaten track for more authentic experiences, rather than those designed simply for the tourism industry. Staff employed by the business are recruited locally and trained by the company and any services or produce required, on tour or in the running of the business are sourced locally.