Zimbabwe small group tour

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17 Apr 2019
£ 4595
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13 Nov 2019
£ 4595
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Zimbabwe small group tour

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do.

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. We will also be using minibuses wherever possible to reduce environmental impact.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such remote regions may well have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly. As such, on all of our trips we go to great length to minimalise the negative and accentuate the positive – after all, there also many beneficial factors that a traveller can bring.
We will be visiting a total of four National Parks; Victoria Falls National Park, Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park and Nyanga National Park. Wildlife safaris not only provide an income to local guides, but also put a price tag on wildlife that is much higher than if they were sold as an animal product in the wildlife trade, therefore increasing the preservation of wildlife. This is especially important in Matobo National Park, where visitors contribute towards the Rhino Protection Initiative. The project protects the last few remaining rhinos by de-horning them and surrounding their area with a community which receives direct benefit from tourism involving the rhino. Since the project started in 2013, there has already been a reduction in poaching, with no rhinos poached since 2015.

When you take one of our tours, we make a contribution to ‘Carbon Clear’ – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flights. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on our behalf through sustainable energy or rain forestation.

Community

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.

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.

On Day 1 of this particular Group Tour, we will be treated to a whole evening of entertainment featuring dance performances, lively songs, story-telling, face painting, and an incredible interactive drumming show. Accompanied with a fantastic meal of Zimbabwean delicacies, including warthog steak, mopane worms and Zambezi bream, the evening is a celebration of Zimbabwe. Through participating in an evening like this one, we are facilitating the preservation of traditional and cultural arts of Zimbabwe, as well as gaining an understanding behind the history of the country.

We are promoting the ancient heritage of Zimbabwe through visiting the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. According to an old legend the ancient city was the capital of the Queen of Sheba. We do know the site was home to the Bantu civilization during the 11th and 15th centuries as well as a renowned trade centre in the Middle Ages. Visiting such sites helps sustain the ancient traditions and history of Zimbabwe.

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