Simien mountains trekking in Ethiopia

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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
The sites are part of wholly community owned enterprises, run for and by the local community in which they are situated. Environmental considerations are an integral part of the enterprises.

Ecotourism is a fundamental part of the project, and we limit the amount of tourists per site to 6-8 to minimise the pressure we put on the land, communities and resources available. Eco-toilets (non flush covered pit toilets with a seat) are used, and with the water supplied we remind guests to view this as the limited resource in this area that it is. The showers are still being set up, you can get a bucket shower, the water is diverted to promote tree growth around the shower room.

We plant indigenous trees to increase the vegetation in the area, and increase habitat for the local wildlife. We also encourage the local community to see flora and fauna as a resource to protect, so that they will appreciate it by themselves.

We have been supporting this community tourism initiative and are helping the communities realise how important it is to conserve and improve their environment and are planting indigenous trees and the like.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

These community tourism guest houses are owned and run by the communities themselves, with our support, and that of relevant government agencies.

The tourism generates incomes for some community members and the profit goes in to a fund for the whole community. The communities have received training on management and running of a business as part of the setting up process. They also gain confidence from running the community tourism to work together for joint benefit.

The communities are your hosts. Fifty-five percent of your payment goes directly to them(48% to the hosting communities and 7% to the community or local eatery that provides lunch), twenty five percent goes to the guides and the local coordination fo this community tourism and twenty percent goes to cover marketing costs and coordinate the bookings.

Every drink you have puts more money into the local communities, and as much of the produce as possible is sourced by the communities from themselves and their neighbours.

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