Nature Bound Africa

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Nature Bound Africa is a locally owned safari company specializing in customized African safari vacations. We donít simply book trips; we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our clients. We believe that attention to detail and providing the highest level of services is paramount to creating an experience that will stay with our clients for the rest of their lives.
Member since: 29 May 2014

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

Many of our tourism activities take place in more remote areas which have traditionally suffered from high levels of poverty and unemployment. The introduction of tourism, even (or especially) on a low scale brings significant benefits, even to those not directly employed in tourism. Many people in local communities recognize the possible beneficial effects of such tourism, in particular economic benefits. With that in mind, Nature Bound Africa participates in a range of activities to support local economic development.

We organize volunteering opportunities for guests that want to contribute their time and skills to further support local communities.

As part of our commitment to sustainable tourism, we hire qualified locals as expert safari guides, chefs, support crew, and other staff members, further stimulating the local economy and creating local employment opportunities.

We buy local products wherever possible and encourage the purchase of locally made crafts.

We have a number of community development projects and wildlife conservation initiatives that we support.

  • Projects in Arusha and Maji ya Chai - Children for Children's Future (CCF) mission is to provide educational opportunities within a nurturing environment to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Tanzania so that they become self-reliant and active members of their communities.
  • FAADA - The Foundation for Counseling and Action in Defense of Animals (FAADA) is a non-profit organization for the protection of all animals.
In a further effort to give back to local communities and support environmental protection, Nature Bound Africa only works with and utilizes accommodation providers, tour operators, and service providers that employ sustainable business practices.

Environmental responsibility

At Nature Bound Africa, we take our commitment to environmental protection very seriously. We have a wide range of measures and practices that ensure the impact of our activities on the environment is minimised and that environmental protection is paramount. These include:

  • We try to focus on low impact routing of travel around the host country, avoiding destinations that are likely to be adversely affected by our visitors.
  • We actively try to support environmentally sound projects with impartial advice, PR coverage and valuable feedback - as well as providing them with business.
  • We try to promote suppliers that provide good quality environmentally and culturally sensitive activities.
  • We don't feature suppliers that we consider are likely to damaging to the local environment, or to treat the local cultures insensitively.
  • We educate our travellers on the destination, culture, traditions, local economy and sensitive areas
Our offices have adopted a number of policies to reuse, recycle and conserve wherever possible.

These include:
  • Paper conservation efforts such as two sided printing
  • Changes to energy efficient lighting
  • Powering off computers during lunches and when leaving for the day
  • Using recycled paper where possible (including our price list)
  • Providing more information by email and internet, reducing printed documents
In our tours planning:
We have designed a number of itineraries that reduce the dependency on vehicles. Also, we now have a variety of activities that allow cultural interaction with proceeds helping the community.

These include:
  • Walking, hiking and trekking safaris
  • Fly-in safaris (saving the need for vehicles driving long distances)
  • Community activities where our safari participants get involved
In our workshops:
We have taken a number of steps in our workshops to make sure that we can reduce the carbon footprint created by our safaris. These include:
  • Proper tyre inflation
  • Engine tune-ups to improve fuel consumption
  • Recycling of oil
  • Driver training on driving techniques to reduce fuel usage

Social responsibility

We believe that sustainable, sensitive tourism is an invaluable help to developing the communities and preserving the environments of East Africa. We aim to encourage more people to visit Africa by promoting supremely enjoyable and informative trips - whilst maximising the benefits these generate for the local economies, environments and host communities in East Africa.

Our targets

  • We promote the positives of Africa, and encourage more people to visit a subcontinent that we love passionately.
  • We try to minimise our programme's negative impact on local environments, whilst maximising its benefits.
  • We support and encourage environmentally sound management of accommodation and sensitive, sustainable activities.
  • We continue to create and maintain partnerships with smaller local companies where possible, rather than larger or multinational ones.
  • We encourage local community participation in tourism projects.
  • We continue to encourage and promote conservation projects that have a compatible tourism dimension.
  • We encourage our travellers to improve their knowledge of the destination prior to departure - to enable them to be informed of any cultural or environmental issues arising in their destination.
  • We donate money to charities and projects who are in need of extra funding, which we believe are relevant to the areas we travel to, the on going charities that we provides in-kind and financial support to Projects in Arusha and Maji ya Chai - Children for Children's Future (CCF) mission is to provide educational opportunities within a nurturing environment to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Tanzania so that they become self-reliant and active members of their communities.
  • We realize that some people who travel to Tanzania may gain a desire to give something to Tanzania. When that happens, we will provide insight and guidance to individuals who wish to provide support to the local economy.
With regard to our guests social behaviour, it is important to be aware of the local community's culture and traditions and to respect local etiquette. We would hope that all our clients intend a cultural exchange during their visit to learn more about the host community. We suggest that...
  • You ask your local guides about their customs - they're the best ones to advise you in Africa.
  • You try to be as inoffensive as possible by taking into consideration dress codes.
  • Couples should try not to be over-amorous in public
  • You ask before you take photographs of local people and please respect their privacy.
  • You try to learn simple words or phrases from the local language to reflect your interest - greetings are vital.
  • You maintain a level of respect for all local people and avoid "high-handed foreigner" attitudes.

Tanzanian Eliya founded this company after 9 years' experience as a driver guide - during which time he witnessed how little local people benefitted from tourism. His holidays now let travellers experience genuine local culture - while actively supporting the communities.
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