Annular eclipse tour in Ethiopia, June 2020

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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.

A core element of your tour is staying at the community guesthouses and walking from site to site for 5days & 3nights. 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 work we do in each area we operate. For each site we limit the amount of tourists that can visit at any one time to a maximum of 8, to reduce pressure on resources of the area, the environment and the communities that also live there. We use eco-toilets (dry composting urine separating toilet), which reduces water use and avoids creating septic tank issues which can seriously harm the environment. The water that is made available to tourists is a limited resource, and we therefore remind our guests to treat it as such. Showers using jerrycans heated by the sun is available, and the runoff water is diverted to promote tree growth.

We plant indigenous trees around the guesthouse, and this is supported by the local communities. We also encourage the local community to see the flora and fauna of the area as a resource, and therefore to protect it for the future.

In addition over the central 3 days clients will not use any vehicle and the carbon footprint is minimal.

We also encourage clients to bring their own water filter and water bottle so as not to use packed bottled water.

The Impacts of this Trip

The community tourism guest houses that we use for the 3 central nights are owned and run by the communities themselves, with our support.

The tourism generates incomes for some community members and the profit goes in to a fund for the whole community. Their fund will be held by the community to be used as they decide. 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% for the provision of lunch which is mostly from the community), twenty five percent goes to the guides and their business (which supports the community run trekking sites) and twenty percent goes to cover marketing costs and coordinate the bookings.

In Gondar and Lalibela we use local guides, local drivers and local facilities as much as possible. In Addis Ababa we have selected a locally owned hotel that is not part of an international franchise or chain.


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