Responsible tourism: Botswana & Namibia adventure holiday, 13 days
Overland Trucks - This tour is enjoyed on one of our privately owned expedition vehicles purpose built for overland driving. The trucks all comply with strict Euro IV emissions control regulations set by the EU and the vehicles are all checked and maintained by our drivers, employed from within east or southern Africa. Our trucks are all equipped with long range fuel tanks, spare parts, tools and maintenance equipment leaving them self-sufficient for long periods of time.
The trucks are equipped with a 500 litre water tank for times when the tap water is not of a high enough quality to drink. Passengers are encouraged to fill up their water bottles from the tap or water tank rather than replace them with more plastic bottles.
Food is purchased from local markets and supermarkets taking in to account the food in season. Any waste, food or otherwise is destroyed in an environmentally friendly way and recycling is implemented where there are facilities available.
Throughout this trip we stay in small locally run hotels and also bush camps, for example in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.We constantly make sure to leave nothing but footprints behind.
It is important to preserve the tribal culture of south African communities and we work with community projects towards this. In Kamanjab we visit local communities in their villages. In most cases, we are invited in to their homes and taught about their lives, challenges, traditions and their way of life. Not only is this a very humbling excursion, but there are opportunities to support these communities in some way.
Tour Leaders encourage travellers to donate school materials or clothing however money and food is never given directly to the community to prevent a begging mentality.