Kenya & Tanzania holiday, East Africa highlights
Description of Kenya & Tanzania holiday, East Africa highlights
This tailor made Kenya & Tanzania holiday, East Africa highlights, includes some of these two country’s most spectacular and wildlife rich locations. Begin in Kenya, with a beautiful drive down the Great Rift Valley, before arriving at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where you’ll enjoy two nights in an exclusive camp. Ol Pejeta has the highest wildlife-to-area ratio of all of Kenya’s national parks and the game viewing is exceptional here. Next, move on to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride and walk on crescent island, with a game drive in Hells Gate National Park the following morning.
The famous Masai Mara awaits now, and then we cross the border into Tanzania to stay on the shores of Lake Victoria. Two fabulous highlights round off this superb holiday – and the vast Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area – and for your final night, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Arusha’s lakeside coffee plantations, at the foot of Mount Neru.
This 13 day holiday has been carefully designed and paced, so that you have time to really enjoy and relish each safari destination. You will have the services of an English speaking guide and stay in a mix of luxury tented camps and traditional safari lodges.
PlanetYou stay at one of the few tented camps to be permitted within a national park - an area that is otherwise exclusively dedicated to the preservation of its wilderness and wildlife.
They work in cooperation with SENAPA (Serengeti National Parks Authority) regarding a re-afforestation tree-planting programme and also work in cooperation with SENAPA in maintaining and up-grading the roads in the park so as to keep the erosive practice of ‘off-road' driving to a minimum.
In terms of its own ecological ‘foot' print, the camp abides by a code of responsible practice in relation to: energy conservation (inverter systems have recently been installed so as to reduce the camp's use of diesel-fuelled generators), waste recycling (glass, plastics, ‘wet waste' and the distribution of food-waste to local pig-farmers), sewage disposal, air emissions, non-CFC use, pesticide-use, noise reduction and visual pollution. Wherever possible, local produce is featured on the menus.
Another camp in Tanzania has a has smoke arrestor to reduce carbon deposition in the atmosphere and a water harvester to accumulate rain water. It also uses a Soak pit sewage system to reduce waste.
PeopleThe camps rely on the support of the human community that surrounds the wilderness areas, and rely on them for the provision of staff members, guides, dancers and entertainers.
They offer subsidized medical care to the local community - particularly in relation to maternal care and child-immunization; also in relation to HIV/AIDS sensitization. They are also presently working on supplying a dedicated healthcare clinic for the area.
They create both temporary and permanent jobs for the local community and offer training and work-exposure programmes for school leavers.
Interface between guests and the local villages is encouraged - hosting tours and promoting the sale of handicraft items. Camps are an integral part of the local Cultural Tourism Programme, which offers visits to neighbouring local communities and schools and talks on the heritage and tradition of the local Ikoma and Sikuma tribes.
In order to promote the overall health of their workforce, the camp has established an Employee Wellness Programme, which aims to address the holistic health needs of not only their staff, but also of the communities that surround the camps. In essence, the programme is devoted to reducing the incidence of accident and illness in the workplace, promoting healthy lifestyles, maximizing potential, and promoting optimum quality of life.