Staying in foreign or government-run hotel chains does little to support the local economy. This is why we only use local hotels and other local services (transportation, guides, cooks, porters and housekeepers) to ensure that your money directly benefits the local people.
Bargaining is a cultural part of the Tanzania business tradition and we encourage our visitors to bargain appropriately and responsibly. Remember that what might be a ridiculously low price for the traveller could be considered a significant sum for the person who receives it.
Donations and gifts are innocent gestures, but can sometimes have condescending, contemptuous or misplaced connotations. Our guides are there to help. Donít hesitate to ask them about what is culturally appropriate in any particular situation.
Tanzania is a member of Convention for the International Treaty on Endangered Species (CITES), which protects more than 2,500 species of endangered animals and 340,000 species of endangered plants. Our guides are there to lead activities that only preserve the natural habitat. Our wildlife viewing seeks never to alter an animalís natural behaviour or disturb its daily life.
We encourage travellers to never litter and to always try to use biodegradable materials (wrappers, etc.) if possible. Non-biodegradable materials such as plastic bags and batteries should be brought home with you in your luggage if there are no recycling or safe disposal systems handy. Our guides are knowledgeable about local waste management.
Clean water is becoming a rarer and rarer commodity. Our guides will show travellers ways to use water judiciously and how to avoid polluting it. We only use biodegradable, phosphate-free detergents and soaps. Our washing is always done downstream from human habitation and well away from all drinking water sources.
Our guides are passionate in teaching travellers what is culturally appropriate and how to avoid disrupting local social norms. The majority of Tanzania island residents (Zanzibar) practice the Islamic faith and this is reflected in their lifestyle and culture.
Our guides encourage travellers to take the time to establish a rapport with the people you wish to photograph. Photography is generally accepted with good humour in Zanzibar but it is always better to ask.
To prevent the introduction or spread of disease, we encourage travellers to get all the recommended vaccinations before you leave home. Equally important is to use the correct dosage of anti-malaria when you are in the country. Our guides are happy to talk about the relevant vaccinations with travellers.