Kenya and Tanzania family safari, small group
Description of Kenya and Tanzania family safari, small group
This week-long family safari to Kenya and Tanzania serves up landscapes shaped by ancient volcanic forces, starting with the Rift Valley and Lake Victoria and finishing off with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area.
All the parks offer a different flavour of East Africa. The Ngorongoro cradles over 30,000 animals in its giant volcanic crater. And the vertiginous Great Rift Valley staggers down to a river that reels in flocks of flamingos. Meanwhile, any grumbling about the early morning game drives at Serengeti National Park can be assuaged with the possibility of spotting a pride of lions – from a hot air balloon.
This is a small group safari, so you’ll be exploring Kenya and Tanzania with other families and an expert guide who’ll put you in touch with both the wildlife and communities that live in these wild vistas.
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PlanetWhilst wildlife viewing is a big part of many of our itineraries, we strive only to view animals in their natural habitats and do so with the greatest level of consideration. This trip offers travellers the chance to do exactly that – from roaming the mighty Serengeti to venturing into the Ngorongoro Crater.
Water is a really precious commodity in this part of the world. Our trained tour leaders are well versed in advising travellers on initiatives laid out to help manage water consumption and actively encourage them to treat this scarce resource with the utmost respect.
Unfortunately, on the vast majority of this itinerary, using public transport is not reliable or feasible and so we use private, locally-owned transport instead. However, we do ensure that our vehicles are well-maintained, fuel efficient and appropriately sized for the passenger numbers we have travelling with us.
As a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a ‘take in, take back out’ waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.
PeopleThis trip is run by our own East African operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Crucially, our local team are all trained in our global responsible travel policies and practises.
We encourage our suppliers to adopt more sustainable practises too and often select suppliers who already have green practises in place. We also shop in local markets and eat in local restaurants to support the local economy. All aspects of this trip on the ground are operated by Eastern Africans, most of whom live locally, including all our tour leaders, vehicle drivers, local sight guides and accommodation providers.
This family trip has a maximum group size of 16 to minimise our impact on the places we visit. Over tourism is an issue we are very conscious of and we are taking measures to ensure that we don’t disrupt the communities we visit or their surrounding environments.
Our company strives to create employment opportunities in the countries we travel to and our staff is made up of many different people from all over the world. We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them through training opportunities. We also work to maximise the benefits generated by tourism for local economies and communities. We source local activities that we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience, instead of remaining concentrated with a handful of tourism providers.
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