Sudan small group holiday
Description of Sudan small group holiday
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PlanetThis tour travels through some remote desert areas, some of which have barely been touched by the presence of humans, and we strongly believe in maintaining their pristine nature. We strive to ensure that we leave these areas as we find them and our team have been trained in strict no litter policies, meaning that we take all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns. Our local partner is also committed to reducing plastic waste by limiting the amount of bottles that are given out throughout the tour.
We visit a number of historical sites and monuments on this tour, such as the ancient pyramids of Meroe, that do not necessarily receive much funding from other sources; the archaeological fees that we include help to maintain the heritage of this country for future generations – not just western travellers but more importantly to local people to whom they have far more cultural and historical significance.
Where possible we make use of public transport rather than private transport to keep emissions down. An example of this is when we cross the Nile by ferry with the locals.
Throughout the tour we make a point of using local produce for the meals provided - for example when we stock up on supplies in Dongola. Not only is this a great introduction to the culinary culture of the region but it helps in a small way to cut down on food miles.
PeopleUsing local guides ensures that money stays within local economies and means we will be treated to such valuable, in-depth and honest knowledge which you perhaps wouldn’t get from a western guide. It also means we are keeping carbon emissions down.
Our local partners own the accommodation that we stay at in Meroe and Karima, and employ only Sudanese staff, which again ensures that tourism has a positive impact and stays within the local economy.
On all of tours we strive to include a strong focus on local communities and we are firm believers that tourism should have a positive impact on the places visited. On this tour we try to allow our travellers to gain a real insight into the traditional customs of the country; a good example of this is when we spend the night in a typical Nubian house. Not only is this a great experience for travellers but it means that small scale community based tourism projects, often ignored by mainstream tourism, are able to benefit from our visit.
We are careful not to disrupt the traditional way of life of the nomadic people that we encounter on this tour. As a way to say thank you for allowing us to visit, we bring traditional gifts, such as fresh fruit, sugar and 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.