Responsible tourism: Tanzania 4wd safari adventure holiday
Using our specially converted 4WD vehicles, this trip is truly mobile. Unlike many other high-end temporary safari camps, which can stay set up for months on a time, our mobile safari camps are packed up, ready to continue the tour by lunchtime, leaving not a trace behind. The safari vehicles are solar powered and water is solar heated and has a fully composting toilet. There are future projects to further improve the water and waste recycling of the vehicles to become even more self-sufficient. As the safari is totally mobile and able to adapt depending on the opportunities and conditions of the tour, food and supplies are purchased in local villages, further supporting the local communities and contributing to the local economies. All timber used by the company for furniture and fittings comes from fallen coconut trees felled by bull elephants. New trees are cultivated to keep the elephants coming back and the recycling process alive.
Our local partners in Tanzania are heavily involved in community work, elephant protection and the education of visitors regarding local and environmental issues. They are the founders of “Doctors on Safari”, a project which has brought qualified doctors and medical students have been brought to the communities around Selous and Saadani since 2011 and work to improve healthcare. They have introduced new medical record systems, funded full time nursing staff, provided important new equipment and training, and most recently, provided over 1000 people with free dental treatment from experienced British dentists, whilst training 14 new dental officers in districts where previously there was none.
The Saadani Elephant Project has been instrumental in identifying points of conflict with human populations and helped target where aid is required. This has led to significant changes in government plans to support adversely affected communities including major infrastructural development.
Most of the local staff employed by our Tanzania representative have had houses built using soft company loans, and several have taken up an ownership scheme which offers cheap, or in some cases free, shares in the company.