Angola safari holiday
Description of Angola safari holiday
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PlanetWe know the wildlife in Angola very well and are committed to preserving this great country's wildlife and varied ecosystems. We are lucky to be able to visit so many different ecosystems in Angola and are determined that ecotourism should bring direct and lasting benefit to these areas. Namibe Province and Iona National Park are the last stronghold in Angola for many desert and marine species, including Atlantic humpback dolphin, Heaviside's dolphin, cheetah, brown hyena, Hartmann's mountain zebra and much more. When in Namibe, we conduct all dolphin and whale-watching from shore to minimise disruption to marine mammals as they move through the ecosystem. In Iona, we will only drive off-road when it is deemed this will not damage the flora and fauna in the area - this is vitally important, as Iona is home to numerous endemic and endangered plant species. The wildlife in Bicuar National Park is very skittish, and we will only approach an animal when we are confident this will not cause it any stress and the animal's behaviour will not be altered by our presence. We aim to undertake several night drives in Bicuar, and we always aim to conduct such drives as ethically as possible. We will never spotlight a vulnerable, injured or young animal, and will never shine a light directly into the eyes of any animal. The endemic Pluto monkey and giant sable subspecies in Kissama and Cangandala are highly vulnerable and we are careful to only view these species when it is clear no stress will be caused to the animal in question.
We always ask clients to limit their water usage wherever possible, particularly in areas such as Namibe and Iona where freshwater is a rare commodity. We ask clients to limit the amount of water used when washing, and we use short- or long-drop toilets rather than flush toilets.
PeopleThis tour takes in many areas where tourist groups are hardly ever seen. As such, we are adamant that all interactions with local communities and different ethnic groups, particularly in Namibe, Iona and Bicuar, are as positive as possible. We will make an effort to stop at several villages belonging to different ethnic groups en route to and from Iona, and we always ask that clients are respectful throughout our visits. This includes following local customs, interacting patiently and politely with those who have not encountered tourists before and, where possible, supporting these communities by spending small sums at local markets.
It is key to our mission that local people see the benefits to ecotourism, allowing people to attach value to local wildlife and ecosystems. We ensure all of our suppliers in Angola employ local people and we are keen to ensure our benefit contributes to employment in the national parks we visit also. This often means that our game drives are accompanied by local guides or ecoguards - this both ensures we get the most out of our visit, and that local people are included in our visit. We always ask clients to consider giving small gratuity payments to these local people who play these roles, as this helps to cement the future of these wonderful wilderness areas.
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