Guinea wildlife tour
Description of Guinea wildlife tour
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PlanetAs one of the very first wildlife-focussed tour operators in Guinea, we recognise our unique responsibility to the important ecosystems and wildlife in the country. In particular, we know that Mt Nimba and the Ziama Massif are a supremely vital area for several endemic or near-endemic species, including the Nimba otter shrew, and endangered wildlife including forest elephants. We are aware that ecotourism must be conducted responsibly in such areas and, as such, we have zero tolerance policy towards any behaviour we deem to be damaging to the flora or fauna in Guinea. We will never approach an animal when our presence may cause it distress, and we will never pursue an animal that has chosen to move away from us. We may be able to spotlight after dark during this tour, and we will always endeavour to avoid spotlighting diurnal wildlife as well as any animal that is young, injured or otherwise vulnerable.
Included in the cost of this tour are park fees that go directly to funding the excellent work of Guinean Parks, an organisations whose sole aim is to protect the most vulnerable areas in the country. These funds directly contribute to important activities including anti-poaching patrols and community engagement initiatives.
PeopleIt is imperative that ecotourism delivers direct and tangible benefits to local people. This ensures that local people, and the communities of which they are a part, are better able to attach intrinsic value to the wildlife and ecosystems many of our clients travel so far to see which, in turn, does a huge amount to secure a safe and sustainable future for these wilderness areas. With this in mind, we insist that local suppliers employ Guinean people, and clients should expect that cooks, guides, ecoguards and drivers throughout the tour are Guinean.
We insist that all clients are sensitive towards and respectful of local people and their traditions and cultures. Ecotourism is nascent in Guinea, and clients may find that some aspects of local life is at odds with modern western sensibilities, including subsistence hunting. We ask that clients are understanding of this, and raise any concerns with their tour leader rather than directly with local people. We also ask that clients refrain from taking photographs of local people without their permission.
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