Nyirangongo Volcano tour in the Congo

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nyirangongo Volcano tour in the Congo

Environment

On this tour, you will be visiting one of the world heritages sites which is the Virunga National Park in Congo. We are proud of our involvement in the Congo, a country just beginning to recover from years of political unrest and civil war. As the country makes its first tentative steps towards a stable and brighter future, we feel privileged to join the Congolese people on their chosen path through tourism product promotion. Tourism in Congo over the last 3 years has really grown and plays one of the key roles in promoting unity and prosperity within the country.

We promote a policy of garbage in, garbage out during our tours, our guides ensure all the waste from our supplies are brought back after the trek and are all disposed of at a central place.

We provide refillable water bottles for our clients once they book the tour, this helps to reduce as much plastics during the tour and to avoid pollution within the park.

We use a single accommodation that has been created by the park management, this helps in reducing the construction of more facilities considering the areas of the Volcano. However most of our trips are based on camping, for which we will purchase all of our supplies from the local markets.
We do not want to bring in supplies from outside as this will increase our carbon footprint. We are very careful to only do business with stall holders that have no bush meat or illegal produce for sale. There are opportunities to purchase locally made jewellery and ornaments and in doing so you will be supporting the skills of local craftspeople.

At the end of the journey travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and books, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the environments and communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects.

Community

The promotion and operation of this tour helps to support the local way of life. It provides them with an opportunity to see that there is a future after all the fighting. The tours at the Virunga have helped so much to promote the stability of this area and for the last three years due to tourism the area has been a safe heaven for the Locals and the Mountain Gorillas and all because of tourism

On trips, the clients will be required to have a minimum of 5 porters of whom the money they have paid will go to supporting them, this has created a larger percentage of employment for the locals

After the tour, Clients are advised to buy local curio stuff from the local people as this helps to promote sustainability within the community members from the revenue they generate, we also employ and use local guides who have a bigger understanding of the region and this provides clients with a first hand experience. The experiences here are authentic

We spend time with local Porters and Guides, learning about their heritage and customs, something which helps to reinforce the notion that local traditions are worth protecting and maintaining - in may parts of the Congo these are being abandoned in favour of a more homogenous, 'western' culture.

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