Burundi bird watching holiday
Description of Burundi bird watching holiday
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PlanetWe are keenly aware that the ecosystems we visit in Burundi are a shadow of their former selves. At one stage, Kibira would have been filled with diverse primate-life, including the rare and highly range-restricted owl-faced monkey. Nowadays, the park does protect some excellent birdlife and several species of primate, including blue monkey and Angola colobus, but we do recognise that poaching and logging has had a severe effect here. Similarly, Ruvubu has been damaged by instability that has only recently improved. Once lions, wild dogs and elephant would have been readily-seen here, but nowadays the game-viewing is largely restricted to buffalo, roan, reedbuck, bushbuck and several other species of antelope. Whilst these parks may not be as prolific for game-viewing as they once were, we believe it is hugely important to protect what remains. With this in mind, we ensure that direct contributions to the administrators and protectors of these parks are included within the cost of your tour - these funds directly support crucial activities including anti-poaching activity, snare removal and community engagement programmes.
Ecotourism is brand new in Burundi, and we are keen to ensure that our staff and our guests set a superb example for local guides and other members of the community in how to treat the natural world. We therefore have a zero tolerance towards any behaviour that might damage the environment, such as littering, collecting specimens or feeding wildlife.
PeopleBurundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and ecotourism is a completely novel concept in the country. We find that the best way to ensure a strong bond between ecotourism and local communities is to ensure that local people see a direct, genuine and tangible benefit attached to our visits. This, when done properly, can ensure that local people attach value to the ecosystems and wildlife we travel so far to see, and this does a huge amount to incentivise protection of these ecosystems and disincentivise activities such as poaching, snaring and logging. To this end, we insist that all suppliers we use on this tour employ Burundian people, and clients should expect that guides, drivers, cooks and housekeeping staff throughout this tour are Burundian, and the investment associated with this tour therefore remains in Burundi.
We ask clients to be respectful at all times of local people. In particular, the standards of guiding on this tour may be lower than visitors are used to elsewhere in Africa, as investment in tourism has been so difficult to come by for so long. In particular, birding guides are not expert birders, but will always do their best to ensure clients see their target species. We also note that Burundian traditions and culture are significantly more conservative than in the west, and we ask clients to respect this by dressing modestly and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption.