Responsible tourism: Family safari in Tanzania, Serengeti adventure
This is a brand new tour. Our local contact in Tanzania has already established a number of conservation and community projects in the country over the last 20 years and plans to continue their work and establish new projects in northern Tanzania. Whilst on tour, food is sourced locally wherever possible, rubbish is taken away to be recycled, water is conserved and solar power is used wherever possible.
Our local contact in Tanzania has established a number of conservation and community projects in the area. For decades they have been fighting bureaucracy to ensure that not only the environmental areas are protected but also that the local communities benefit, as without this, greed and conflict is inevitable.
They were the founders of the Saadani Elephant project which has been collaring elephants and observing them with cameras to identify migration corridors, poaching risks and other challenges faced by the elephants and wildlife in the area. The project has been instrumental in identifying points of conflict with human populations and targeting where aid is required. This has led to significant changes in government plans to support adversely affected communities including major infrastructural development. They have also built a high quality lodge entirely from recycled materials where visitors can enjoy wildlife watching and learn about elephant behaviour and local communities.
The tour includes two cultural visits. The first is a cultural tour visiting a traditional Sukuma fishing village where we can see the fish market in progress alongside boat building and maintenance and learn about the history of the community along the lake shore. This is a fascinating immersion into an ancient way of life which the locals are eager to show case, visits such as these are a great way of promoting inter-cultural communications and by benefiting from tourism, encourage locals to maintain their sustainable and traditional way of life.
The second such visit is to a traditional Masai village, in effect a living museum with a few added creature comforts. Here we have the opportunity to spend the night with Masai families enjoying a traditional BBQ and dancing before sleeping in a Masai hut.
Local staff employed to operate the tours 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.
Another project operated by our local operator in Tanzania is “Doctors on Safari”, which provides extensive medical and dental care to remote areas. 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.