It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Leaders & local suppliers
We have a long-term relationship with the local operator and use local leaders who are already committed to Responsible Tourism and who have received training and get additional refresher training on a regular basis. The leaders give a ‘Responsible Tourism’ briefing on issues such as how to help understand local communities and how to help reduce the impact and maximise the benefits to the local communities from the visit. For example they advise on where to shop, what to buy (and not to buy), how to behave in a culturally sensitive way, and also enforce a responsible litter policy. We use locally trained grooms in each of the areas visited, and this directly benefits the local communities.
We use locally owned and run accommodation for the duration of this trip, which contributes directly to the local communities as local staff are employed and locally produced and sourced goods are bought for the accommodation benefiting the wider community.
The trip spends several nights in Nature Reserves (Kruger National Park, Malolotja Nature Reserve, Mkuzi Game Reserve and Edeni Game Reserve) where the fees paid go directly towards conservation. In addition, we make day trips to the Royal Natal National Park where the entry fees paid go directly towards the conservation of this park. We also have the opportunity to visit, and therefore support, a local reptile conservation park.
We operate small group tours (12 pax on this tour) that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.
Passengers on this trip have the opportunity to visit a local nursery school in Sungubala which is largely funded by donations from our clients and other tourists.
We support a number of projects in Africa and elsewhere in the world. These range from helping schools or orphanages, to rebuilding communities after disasters or helping reduce carbon emissions by installing solar cookers or solar lights in remote communities.
This tour operator was the first to get access to China over 30 years ago and the first to take a truck to Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side. They have since expanded into 91 countries. Their product is driven by their clients because they listen to feedback and have to constantly evolve to provide a greater experience and better value. The exclusive centres they use have been grown organically and are often owned by ex-leaders. The holidays remain innovative, though you will now be travelling in a Mercedes 16-seater sprinter coach rather than a rusty old Bedford overland truck.
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