We are committed to running our business and tours in a way that is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible. We encourage our guests and suppliers to work with us to travel and operate in a way that conserves and protects the areas we visit and bring positive benefits to local communities.
Our local Madagascan guide is very active with local NGO Wood En Stock (which is actively replanting trees in Madagascar). For every client booked on any Madagascar trips, we finance one tree per day per client with Wood En Stock. We have just received our certificate that in 2010 our trips (many of the through rt.com) funded the planting of 400 trees.
We do this in a number of ways including:
Training and employing local guides has the double benefit of reinvesting in the country and local community as well as providing guests with an invaluable insight into and understanding local culture, customs and etiquette. We treat every person associated with this trip with equal respect and expect clients to do the same.
- Wherever possible we select small, locally owned accommodation and camps and local restaurants and markets for servicing our trips thus putting revenue back into local, often very remote communities.
- To greatly reduce our impact on the environment there will be a maximum of ten team members. This allows guests greater opportunity for local interaction and to experience cultures first hand. It also helps to minimise the damage associated with large scale tourism. You will be issued with instructions as to how you can help to reduce your impact on the environment through simple measures such as unwrapping new products before leaving home as Oman does not have the same level of recycling in place.
- We resource our trips with locally produced goods wherever possible that is then prepared and used in reusable containers thus reducing wastage and excess packaging for food, water and equipment.