Ghana and Togo tour

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ghana and Togo tour

Environment

Although this is a tailor-made holiday we encourage customers to consider the smaller-scale properties on offer, particularly those with good eco credentials. There are lots in Ghana and Togo and we are willing to tell them more about these.

During the holiday, where possible, all sightseeing tours include walking between sites to avoid lots of short drives which are most harmful in terms of pollution.

We ask all our customers to respect the environment. Litter, in particular, is damaging to the fragile urban and rural ecosystems and we encourage people to take their litter home or to the appopriate dump bins or sites. All our trips are tailor made for individuals to minimize the impact of large groups on traditional communities so that interaction can be more personal and respectful.

To ensure the best possible service to our customers we engage services that make as low an impact as possible on the environment and local culture, whilst helping to generate long term employment and benefits for local people. Raising awareness of the culture, politics and economy of areas visited encourages responsible tourism practice and indirectly aides the preservation of the Kingdom's most precious resources.

Community

As with many of the trips that we offer, this tour has a strong focus on local culture and different ethnic groups. Where possible we try to ensure that local people benefit from our presence.

We spend time with a number of different ethnic groups on this trip, from the Northern Ghana to the Ewe people of Togo. We consult extensively with local tribal elders to ensure that our presence here is very much welcomed – we feel that it is very important to be seen as guests here rather than outsiders come to merely look. We are able to spend time with the communities learning about their traditions and customs.

We are careful not to disrupt the traditional way of life of the people that we meet. As a way to say thank you for allowing us to visit, we bring traditional gifts, such as sugar, tea and so on – we do not bring modern accoutrements that may change their way of life as we feel that it is important for all tribal groups that any move towards a more ‘modern’ lifestyle is made on their own terms and not imposed upon them. We give gifts to the elders of the villages who will then ensure that they are distributed appropriately, rather than just giving them to individuals, which can cause problems, jealousy and fights within small communities.

Where small local shops exist within the villages, we encourage our travelers to buy something, be it a cold (or not so cold, given the lack of electricity!) drink or a snack, so that we have some economic benefit, however small. We employ local guides from the villages to show us around – not only does this give our travelers a greater insight into traditions but again it helps to put money into the local economy.

These are very traditional areas with certain codes of behavior, and the people here are not that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travelers are appropriately briefed in order so as not to offend local sensibilities. This includes photography – while we recognize that many people are incredibly photogenic it is important for us to respect their wishes should they not want to have their photo taken, and our travelers are carefully briefed upon this.

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