Botswana small group wildlife tour
Description of Botswana small group wildlife tour
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PlanetEnvironmentally responsible travel has never been as important as it is now and it’s at the very heart of our philosophy. From our inception, we have ensured that our responsible travel philosophy permeates everything we do, both at home and abroad. More than having a neutral impact on host environments and indigenous human communities, we strive to have a positive one.
This trip is primarily all about exploring the natural world of Botswana. By its very nature this trip encourages the conservation of wild life. Wildlife tourism is the second most important industry to Botswana, this has helped encourage stringent anti poaching laws, there is even a branch of the army devoted entirely to anti poaching measures. Tourism itself has provided a source of income as an alternative to poaching for individual local people.
Our supplier supports a green initiative which involves planting a plant called Spekboom. Spekboom is an evergreen succulent that can reach a height of 2.5. It is planted to replenishing degraded areas. Unlike many arid plants, when soils are dry, spekboom can switch from the photosynthetic process that most plants in the world use to a less common and water-conserving photosynthesis pathway called “CAM”. 10-11 inches (250-350 millimetres) of rain a year. Researchers also believe spekboom’s umbrella-shaped canopy allows organic material to accumulate at the base of the shrub, improving the water-holding capacity of the soil below., through our planting partners, creates long term employment for the communities near the planting sites at the same time as providing habitat restoration. It is also an important carbon capture plant.
Plastic - the world has woken up to the fact that plastic particularly single use plastic is destroying the very environment we love. We issue our travellers with a field manual in which there are a number of suggestions as to how to reduce plastic consumption on holiday in particular with reference to the use of bottled water. The guides have all been instructed on the impact of the plastic on the environment and every effort is made to use alternatives. On the trip there will be places where the use of plastic is almost inevitable as supplies in certain areas will be limited, however by raising the questions and following up with our suppliers we hope that the continued voice of consumers will keep on driving the trend towards a plastic free trip.
PeopleOur local supplier is 100% African owned and managed, every cent that is spent on the tour goes back into improving the local economy and in turn creating more opportunities for industry growth and development, and in turn, more jobs available in the market. Every cent earned on this trip is spent in Africa creating jobs! – The tours operate across vast tracts of Africa so the guides are often not guiding in their immediate local environment however The guides used are trained to a high level and will know about the area, they are renown in Africa as great leaders and guides. This not only means they are committed to the environments they guide around but also are very employable.
On this trip there is a visit to the San people within the Ghanzi district in the central Kalahari .We have a guided walk with our San guides who introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. We get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling. The San are concentrated in this region of the Kalahari having been pushed out of many other areas. Few modern San are able to continue as hunter-gatherers, and many at the very bottom of the social scale, in unacceptable conditions of poverty, leading to alcoholism, violence, prostitution, disease. However here we are able to support them economically whilst enabling them to maintain their traditions in fact it is these very traditions that people respect and want to know about. The San retain many of their ancient practices but have made certain compromises to modern living.