This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: South Africa & Mozambique luxury safari
Ethical practice is not just limited to the destinations we operate in. As a company, Responsible practice is exercised in our office with various measures put in place aimed at reducing, re-using and recycling resources where possible.
We carry out dedicated responsible travel training sessions with all employees upon joining the company.
We minimise our electricity consumption by switching off lights, computers, fans etc in rooms that are not in use and at night. We also monitor thermostats and keep doors and windows closed when heating is on.
We recycle all office paper, encourage double-side photocopying and, where appropriate, circulate documents by email. We also exercise effective control of brochure production, distribution and disposal.
We encourage car sharing amongst employees and are part of a cycle scheme. We also offset the carbon emissions resulting from staff educational trips through the Friends of Conservation carbon-offsetting programme. We also offer the facility for clients to do the same for their own travels.
Sabi Sabi is part of the Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa (FTTSA) initiative, an organisation committed to providing socially responsible tourism in South Africa. Sabi Sabi runs programs for its 150 staff that include adult literacy, English proficiency, business orientation and HIV/Aids awareness. Sabi Sabi also supports the local community through initiatives such as the Lillydale Environmental Education Centre.
Azura in Mozambique is one of only a handful of resorts where the community are major contributors and stakeholders. The lodge was built by hand by local islanders, trained for the purpose, and in order that they leant skills to enable them to find new employment in the construction industry going forwards.
The bricks were made by hand, the wood that was used was from sustainable sources, the window frames and doors made locally, roofing sourced from local women who were established in their own business to supply, and some of the huge supporting beams were from trees that had fallen in a storm. Many of the furnishings are handmade by the local community, and as you look around Azura a number of the things you see will have been made by disadvantaged communities across Southern Africa.
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.