Chad holiday, Ennedi Explorer
Description of Chad holiday, Ennedi Explorer
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PlanetWe will be wild camping for most of this tour, reducing our environmental impact considerably by not using energy for hotel facilities such as air-conditioning and lighting. We will be camping in remote desert regions and will always take with us any waste we produce, making sure the environment is left in the same condition as it was before. The only place to wash whilst camping will be in Ounianga lakes.
We are promoting the natural beauty and ancient heritage of Chad through visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ounianga Serir and Ennedi Massif. UNESCO Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution. Visiting such sites helps sustain the traditions and natural ecosystems of Chad.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
PeopleOn this particular trip we will be spending a few nights in local hotels, with the rest of the time wild camping. On each group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.
Chad is a developing country and therefore does not have great quality road systems. By travelling through the country by road, you are encouraging tourism to areas which require the income, and could use with funding for producing better roads in order to attract more tourists.
Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.
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