Chinko safari in the Central African Republic
Description of Chinko safari in the Central African Republic
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PlanetWe know the wildlife and ecosystem in Chinko intimately, and are deeply committed to its protection and conservation. Chinko has a huge diversity of wildlife and we work hard to ensure we understand each species, its behaviour and its conservation status. Chinko's wildlife includes a number of elusive and endangered species, including giant eland, bongo and golden cat, as well as species that are extremely uncommon in Central Africa, including bush elephant, wild dog and lion. We aim to impart as much of our knowledge about these species as possible to our guests and encourage them to support the conservation of these species well after the end of their tour.
Chinko is renowned for being deeply difficult to access and even more difficult to navigate once you have reached it. Regrettably, this means that we sometimes have to use high-carbon methods of transport, including aircraft. We aim to offset this in a number of ways. Firstly, we strive to use dinghies wherever possible to navigate the forest by river. Secondly, most game-viewing is conducted on foot. Lastly, our accommodation in Chinko is designed to have minimal impact on the environment, being only seasonally erected using 'Teddy Roosevelt' tents.
PeopleWe insist that our local partners in Chinko employ local people wherever possible, to ensure that local communities see a genuine benefit from ecotourism and associate value with the wildlife and ecosystems in Chinko. This tour supports the work of African Parks, an excellent NGO that actively and significantly contributes to local communities around the reserve and has even sheltered communities during historic periods of unrest. We recommend all clients research the work of African Parks and suggest they support this organisation's work in Chinko and elsewhere on the African continent.
We urge all clients to show the utmost respect for local people and their culture and traditions. Local communities are incredibly generous to allow us to share in the wildlife and ecosystems in their home, and we must always be conscious of this. We ask clients to dress modestly at all times, although we will never ask clients to disguise their gender or sexual orientation. We also ask that clients refrain from taking photographs of local people without their consent, and that clients are generally as respectful as possible in any and all interactions with local people.
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