Painted dog safari in Zimbabwe

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Painted dog safari in Zimbabwe

Environment

We know our wildlife, in fact it is buried within the roots of our company and will always be so. We aim to work collaboratively with our partners and suppliers who we view as crucial stakeholders in the natural and cultural experience we offer. While we do not employ people on the ground directly, our carefully selected partners employ local naturalists, safari guides and specialists whose activities support and sustain their environment and educate and enlighten visitors. Through this great relationship and educated local guides we can ensure that wildlife and natural habitats are not disturbed by our visits and all rules and regulations are followed. Your guide Nick Dyer lives a nomadic lifestyle journeying through eastern and southern Africa with his tent will be able to guide you on wildlife conservation, animal patterns, local cultures and the community to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets and to savouring rain water for washing, to using solar power heating. Accommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally eco-lodges where we can. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects to get involved with. We work with grassroots projects in each destination, to ensure that our financial contributions go directly to those enterprises in need, rather than being lost in the world of non-profit organisations. Some of our key partners on the ground include Rwanda’s gorilla Doctors, TOFTigers in India, the Kianjavato Lumar Project in Madagascar, the Ocean Heritage Trist in Sri Lanka, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and many more.

Mana Pools is set within a wildlife reserve which is in the centre of the important conservation area which also includes the Lower Zambezi National Park across the river in Zambia and into several game management areas. Some of the camp's guides have been in the park for decades and have personal relationships with individual elephants and other animals.

We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destinations, and at home in the UK, where our offices are based. We work in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to do this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries and leaving no litter.

Community

Where possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Due to the remote part of Mana Pools on the isolated Kanga Pan the need to hire local guides is essential. Local ground operators use local people and drivers which feds money directly back into individual families and villages that otherwise might not benefit from tourism, as well as giving jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals. You will be driven by private car to the different destinations on this trip by a local driver and local car, however it is best to explore Mana Pools National Park by foot and walking excursions.

Where possible we make sure tourist have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the "thing to do"; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures. Your local guides and naturalists will take you to local communities or places to purchase souvenirs, learn about the local culture and also advise on what is and is not correct in that particular area of the world.

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