many of our partners within Africa are amongst world leaders in responsible and sustainable tourism.
As well as working closely with these responsible operators in Africa, we are also very keen to do our part both at home and overseas. Being UK based we want to be as carbon-free as possible, and we offset all holidays arranged through us, as well as our own travels. In Africa, there is a never-ending list of conservation initiatives and community projects that deserve support, and we do what we can to help with donations and affiliations.
WHO WE SUPPORT
Rhinos Without Borders
African Bird Club
Elephants for Africa
The Maa Trust
Bana Ba LetSatasi
Born to Live Wild
Pack for a Purpose
Previously Supported Initiatives
We have sponsored students through secondary education in Kenya via the Loldia School Fund which involves a five year commitment for each student. For a number of years we also provided two bursaries per annum at Koiyaki Guiding School in Kenya’s Masai Mara to help uplift the local Maasai youth with education in the tourism industry and eco-friendly land management. We have been members of the South Luangwa Conservation Society in Zambia and have made monetary donations to them. We have also donated various ad hoc amounts to many other smaller projects as well as school books and equipment to the Olkimitare School in the Masai Mara, leaflets for Mandia Primary School in Zambia, football boots for a local team on Likomo Island in Lake Malawi, sponsoring overseas visits for African guides to gain international exposure and funding ranger training courses in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara. Whilst we do not employ guides and porters directly, we are also supporters of, and encourage our suppliers to conform to the standard of practise laid down by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.
It’s vital for that we recognise the impact our travel has on the environment, and take appropriate steps to reduce and mitigate this as much as possible. As part of our wider environmental strategy, we have selected ClimateCare to offset our carbon emissions with projects that improve lives and fight climate change.
Through supporting a variety of initiatives which deliver renewable energy, fuel efficient cookstoves, and water for carbon filters, we are working with ClimateCare to compensate for our client’s flight emissions through funding an equivalent carbon reduction elsewhere in the world. The high impact projects we are supporting include:
• Burn efficient cook stoves – Based in Nairobi, this project cuts carbon emissions and indoor air pollution by 50 and 60% respectively, delivering significant health benefits alongside cutting carbon. In addition, the project is promoting gender equality; the project has trained and employed 200 local people, of which over half are women.
• LifeStraw – Based in Western Kenya, this is one of the largest climate and clean water projects globally; 877,505 families use LifeStraw Family water filters to purify water in their home, rather than boiling water for drinking over open fires, cutting 2.4m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
• Gyapa Stoves, Ghana: Similar to Burn, this project distributes clean cookstoves across Accra, Ghana’s capital. The project has created livelihoods for local crafstman and entrepreneurs through the production and sale of the artisanal stoves.
• Grid Scale Renewable Energy – costs effective, with far reaching impacts these projects provide life changing and sustainable electricity to entire regions of India.
What we do at home
Our commitment to responsible tourism in Africa does not absolve our environmental efforts at home in the UK. We have an in-house green travel policy for our staff, in the office we use low energy light bulbs and our electricity supply is derived 100% from green/renewable resources through our supplier, Ecotricity. We also have recycling schemes in place and our milk is supplied in glass bottles to avoid single use plastic. Our stationery is from managed resources and we print only as much of our general information as required and do so double-sided or on single sided waste paper too. Some staff members have even purchased their bikes from Re-Cycle who donate unwanted bikes rural communities in West Africa. Based near our office in Suffolk, Re-Cycle also hold a monthly sale for the small number of bikes that are not suitable for the African landscape. We are members of The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) who actively promote sustainable tourism practices.