Responsible tourism: Kenya & Tanzania wildlife tour, Masai to Serengeti
Wildlife – We have a specific Animal Welfare Policy to monitor and promote the welfare of animals on all our tours around the world. On this short overland safari tour, we visit two of East Africa’s most important wildlife areas, the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park, where clients can observe a wide variety of wildlife. Animals present in these reserves include the Big Five (lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, leopards and rhinos), various grazing mammals that attract carnivores such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals, as well as over 500 species of birds. In these reserves, the animals are protected from poaching and hunting and can thrive on expansive savannahs. Travel to national parks and wildlife areas can bring positive economic benefits because entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of local flora and animal species, while visitors benefit from the educational aspects of the area and take away with them an increased awareness of the need for conservation of wildlife, which they will continue to promote at home. As part of our Policy, we do not include visits to any zoological institutions that simply exhibit animals to make money, without having a specific objective that would benefit the animals directly.
Suppliers- We only use suppliers that share our commitment to the promotion of animal welfare. Working in line with ABTA’s Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism, we are committed to assessing and monitoring animal welfare throughout our supply chain. As such, the local supplier that we use on this tour for the safari into the Masai Mara adheres to our strict animal welfare standards and respects the wildlife in the park.
Friends & Neighbours – We ensure that local economies benefit from our presence in the region by using locally-owned and managed accommodation. On the first day of the tour, tour leaders will also encourage clients to eat at a locally-owned restaurant in Nairobi, in order to directly support local businesses and their workers.
Travelling with Respect – To ensure that our travellers get the warmest welcome and do not offend local cultures on this tour, on our website we provide clients with a comprehensive list of tips that we recommend they follow when travelling through Kenya and Tanzania. For example, for this tour we would recommend that clients learn some key phrases in Swahili to try and connect with the local people, and we would recommend that clients on this tour research the culture, religion, traditions and local values of Kenya and Tanzania. This will not only help them to appreciate the way the local indigenous people live, but will also make their experience of East Africa more meaningful.