This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Tanzania holiday, Songo Songo archipelago & Mafia Island
Fanjove Island: The whole lodge has been designed to minimise the impact on the island, so solar power is used throughout the property, and buildings make the most of natural materials, with only planted wood used in their construction to avoid hard wood being cut from the forests. The lounge and dining are almost invisible from the boat on arrival: shaded by the beach palms and built with natural materials they integrates with the background and become part of the Island.
Whenever necessary (for stores, bathrooms and kitchens) they built solid buildings with local traditional materials, sometime recycling them from pre-existing ruins: coral rocks (on which the island rocky part is made by) combined with chokaa (lime) and framed by bamboo sticks. Staff quarters have been built following a local design where the entire building is made with palm leaves that allow the breeze to blow through. Local houses in Songosongo are still built following this design.
The impact on the small and delicate ecosystem of Fanjove is very much kept to a minimum: - solar panels provide light in the bandas - solar power warms the shower water - rechargeable batteries are preferred to disposable batteries - septic tanks have been installed for bio-degradation of waste water - a waste recycle system is in use - whenever it is possible, the lodge deliberately try to maintain a policy of buying locally fresh products to both support local economies and reduce fossil fuel consumption necessitated in long distant transportation. - in order to be as much as possible an auto-sustainable ecosystem, Fanjove island produces a portion of its fresh water reservoir with a desalinator, while a system of gutters and tanks collect rain water during the wet season.
As a company, we are committed to supporting a wide number of responsible and ethical initiatives, including environmental projects, community tourism projects and education programmes. We encourage our clients to visit many of these initiatives such as wildlife sanctuaries, local schools, orphanages and co-operatives.
Through client-specific notes in our tailor-made itineraries, we continue to actively recommend restaurants, shops and other local businesses so that the community is directly benefited. Most of these have been discovered by our country specialists and include craft shops that ensure tourist money is fed back to the individuals who produce the crafts, and restaurants which train local street children. We promote environmentally friendly tours and accommodation in a number of destinations.
We prefer, where possible, to use smaller, locally owned ground agents. Not only does this ensure that it is the host community who are managing and benefiting from the local tourist industry, but we also believe that our clients will have a better trip as local agents have a much more intimate knowledge of the region.
For the same reasons as above, we always use local guides and drivers. This not only provides crucial employment and income for the local community, but also increases the authenticity of the client’s trip. We favour ground agents who have an awareness of responsible tourism policies and strong environmental commitment. Responsible practice is one of the principle criteria during the selection of new suppliers, and ethical initiatives form a fundamental element in our ground arrangements. Where available we recommend our clients stay in ethically responsible accommodation, such as eco-lodges that aim to preserve the beauty of natural surroundings.