Classic Tanzania Safari

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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
This trip includes visits to four of South Africa's significant national parks: Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. Travelers have the opportunity to witness first-hand what makes these ecological zones so unique and understand why their protection is so important. The opportunity to come so close to African megafauna impresses upon travelers just how critical preservation is.

Traveler fees contribute directly to the parks visited. At Lake Manyara, that means bolstering the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and aiding in the conservation efforts of what used to be a private reserve. The park's leave no trace principles are summed up on their welcome sign, which advises "Remove nothing from the park except nourishment for the soul; consolation for the heart; inspiration for the mind."

The Serengeti National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, benefits from traveler fees by preserving undisturbed the massive migration of wildabeests and zebras. The incredible biodiversity of the region would not be possible without fees associated with its administration and upkeep.

The Ngorongoro, another World Heritage Site, offers a glimpse into the unique challenge of an established conservation area that includes pastoralist inhabitants. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is presently working diligently to strike the appropriate balance between traditional subsistence and protection of resources for generations to come.

The Tarangine National Park, famous for its abundance of baobab trees and elephants, also employs visitor fees in its efforts to conserve over 550 bird species that call it home. Tarangine is also an official Lion Conservation Unit.

Accommodations during this itinerary are chosen for their unique capacity to provide comfort while leaving a reduced footprint. Take the Serengeti Halisi Camp, for instance. A ten-tent mobile camp that migrates with the wildlife, they make a point to locally source all food, helping to create jobs and educational opportunities for local community members. They also employ solar energy, minimize water usage and actively seek the smallest possible carbon footprint.

We interview local agencies to determine which lodges have the best record of historical preservation and are active in contributing to local conservation. Lodges that use innovative practices to improve upon their sustainability and mitigate any environmental impacts, as well as those that are owned by or work in conjunction with indigenous populations, are given special preference.
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The Impacts of this Trip

What better way to highlight our global interconnectivity than by seeing the first hominid footprints known to man. 3.6 million years old, they evidence our intrepid journey as humans and act as a caution to embrace the actionable hope for our collective future.

Throughout this trip, you are accommodated by local, naturalist guides. Our escorted trips use local guides and support staff exclusively. Guides’ training and background varies throughout our tours. But one thing remains consistent: their enthusiasm, professionalism, friendliness and knowledge of the regions. Many of the local guides we use hold degrees in their region's history, biology, archaeology or a related field. Certification programs are required; many also participate in an apprenticeship before they are allowed to lead tours on their own. All guides are thoroughly researched and hand-picked by our staff or a trusted affiliate.

We base our hotel selection on the following criteria: being locally owned and operated, built in a sustainable manner, having a desirable location, safety, cleanliness, and ranging in size from 12-20 rooms where possible. This helps to ensure small group size, which in turn helps minimize local impact.

Our community at home is also incredibly important to us. Our office promotes cycling and car pooling to work - winning our city-wide commuter challenge two years running. Those in big cities might be surprised to learn that only a few items like aluminum cans are recycled by the local sanitation company. Since that's not good enough for us, we pay for a private recycling service that collects all of our paper, plastic, cardboard, and cans. All of our paper is made from 100% post-consumer material and our brochures use soy-ink - an expensive but earth friendly alternative to traditional inks.

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