Ethiopia rural accommodation, nr Lalibela

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
The Community Guest houses at between which guest trek are owned by the local communities. Environmental considerations are an integral part of the enterprises.

Ecotourism is a fundamental part of the project.
- numbers of tourists per site will be limited to 6-8
- eco-toilet (dry composting urine separating toilet)
- water available for washing, but tourists made aware of limited resource
- shower (sun heated water) water diverted to promote tree growth
- Indigenous tree planting
- Protecting cliff faces with terracing
- Encouraging local community to see flora and fauna as a resource to protect
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Going on a trek with the local communities in Ethiopia is the best way of directly supporting rural communities. This is because the Community Guest houses at which our guests stay on their treks across the rural landscapes are cooperatives owned by the local communities.

Your visit will directly generates incomes for some community members as wages with the profit going into a fund for the whole community. This is not charity, but is payment for a quality service by local people. Their is a dignity to such exchanges which is not present in just handing over money. The tourism business in addition to giving the communities much needed income also gives them skills and the confidence to work together for joint benefit.

Of the payment for the trekking 55% of the (pre tax) payment goes directly to the community.
[25% is for the local guiding business that provides well trained guides and gives support to the communities, and 20% goes to marketing and booking services].

This income is used by the communities to pay wages for their own staff (from within the community), food and material costs.; the remaining profit goes inot their own bank account from which some is used for reinvestment, with the rest going support the local community endeavours. This may be for micro-loans, grain banks and stores or other activities.

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