Nairobi to Victoria Falls overland travel

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Responsible tourism: Nairobi to Victoria Falls overland travel

Our tour from Nairobi to Victoria Falls travels through some of the world’s poorest areas therefore all activities and excursions make use of locally operated tour companies and guides. As part of our commitment to Responsible Travel and we now have incorporated a visit to community based tourism program in the South West of Tanzania. Set up by the tea farmers association consisting of 15,000 tea farmers, spread over 108 villages and is the only tea association in Tanzania that sells tea to a fair trade organization in the UK. We pay a fair tour fee that includes a village development fee. With this fee the villages can build classrooms and buy schoolbooks or medical equipment for the local dispensary. On this tour we have time for a ½ day tea tour where a tea farmer will tell you everything about tea while showing you around their smallholder shamba and the expansive tea estate with its great views.

With our visit to the South Luangwa National park we have selected an accommodation establishment that donates 60% of your accommodation fees paid to the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia and in that way you are contributing to support local wildlife and education for Zambian school children in the conservation of their natural history.

We also make use of local guide on the island of Zanzibar to visit the Spice farms as well as our visit to a Masai village. We encourage our passengers to purchase goods made locally, and to be aware that craft market income is the only income for many families. Food is purchased at local markets where possible.

Finally, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we support the Freeplay Foundation. This charity supplies wind-up radios (needing no electrical or battery power) to children in Africa who have been orphaned by Aids or genocide and who are trying to bring up their younger siblings alone and unaided. Each radio costs only £35. It provides these children with health care information and how to obtain free testing and drugs, as well as general education and help on growing their own food crops and advice on issues such as safe pesticides. We aim to donate at least one radio per overland trip to help these children. If you would like to make a contribution towards this and would find it easier to do so before departure (rather than into the collection box on the truck) please send us a cheque to our UK address made out to “Freeplay Foundation” and we will forward it on.

Reviews of Nairobi to Victoria Falls overland travel

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2006 by

I can't really say that I have returned relaxed and refresh... was really tired (in the last days did abseil, rafting, micro light, travelled for 36 hours,..) but really enjoyed it!

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Saw a lion on a tree, the lake with hippos in new year, the new friends.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for the rain (yes, it rains in Africa) and for long hours on the truck.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We didn't have too much contact with local people since we stayed in private camping, but I think that we contributed to the local economy.

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