Zambia walking safari, tailor made

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This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you between June and October
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Zambia walking safari, tailor made

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

the natural world is our niche, no other company fully specialises in these areas and we pride ourselves on taking the essential concepts of a safari and translating these into all the itineraries we design. We work with a team of highly knowledgeable experts and we have first hand experience of the destinations we feature also seeking to support many environmental and conservation ventures across the world. This enables us to provide extraordinary journeys that put our clients in the right place at the right time for life changing and ethically responsible wildlife encounters and natural world experiences.

Whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets, savouring rain water for washing and using solar power heating. Accommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally eco-lodges or tented camping safaris where we can. As a result of this we minimise the impact on the local environment at the same time as providing the traveller with a high level of comfort. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects to get involved with.

Nkwali Lodge and Tena Tena Camp are both owned by the Robin Pope Safaris who over time have been introducing the latest green technologies to all of their properties. At the lodge and camp this includes solar energy systems to provide power, solar water heaters for guest's showers, living grass roots, natural air cooling and the use of non-fired bricks. They conserve their water through regular maintenance to reduce leakages, have fitted flow restrictors on shower heads and taps where possible, watering the gardens and grass roof at cooler times of the day, plant drought resistant native plants wherever possible and implementing guests re-use towels. All waste water runs into the lodges/camp sewage system and biologically treated as it runs through natural sand filters. Regular testing ensures this water is treated correctly and they can be sure that they are not introducing harmful toxins into the protected environments in which they operate in. All waste the lodge and camp produces is recycled, re-used or disposed of responsibly. In order to reduce waste, the lodge purchases glass bottled and tin canned good where possible and they offer guests refillable steel water bottles in place of plastic water bottles. They use recycled paper in the offices which is supplied by the local community paper-maker.

We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destinations, and at home in the UK, where our offices are based. We work in partnership with the borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries to avoid leaving any litter (whether it is biodegradable or not).

Community

Where possible we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether it is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Through the employment of our local ground operators, all of our trips are conducted by local guides and drivers who specialise in this region of Africa. through the employment of local staff, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that may not otherwise benefit from tourism. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals. Something that the lodge and camp also believe in as their team of staff mainly all come from the local community who they teach and train whilst working.

Both camps contribute to the upkeep of the governments rural Kakumbi Health Centre which boarders the South Luangwa National Park and provides healthcare for more then 20,000 residents. The Kawaza School Fund has become one of the biggest success stories in the Luangwa Valley, which brings education to rural African communities by improving the standards of the school building but also by providing school materials.

The lodge and camp purchase many locally available supplies as possible to stimulate local trade. The majority of rice and fish is purchased from neighbouring communities along with 80% of vegetables coming from local farmers. Not only does this secure the freshest ingredients for guests but also it supports local enterprises and producers. Local craftsmen are hired for refurbishment, furniture and new buildings at the lodge, local artisans also sell their wares in the gift shop. The Robin Pope Safaris are strong advocates of self-sufficiency and therefore pay all staff a fair and competitive wage and assist employees in opening bank accounts, savings account and how to take out health insurance.

All staff receive either a housing allowance in addition to their salary or are offered housing who are provided with meals. They have a number of training mechanisms in pace for all staff in house training course along with external ones as well. They sponsor local employees to undertake courses and universities. They are also committed to educating staff members on the prevention of HIV, encouraging counselling, testing and assisting with access to drugs and ongoing healthcare if needed.

We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the "thing to do"; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.

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