Our company employs professional tour guides that have great experience in guiding tourists on safaris that do not damage the environment. They make sure on this trip that our activity does not alter the natural behaviour or disturb the daily life of the animals. For example on day three, visitors will be able to view the movement of wildebeest from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara and from Maasai Mara back to the Serengeti. Our knowledgeable tour guides make sure this is viewed in an appropriate manner.
Eco-systems, especially in National Parks, are fragile and must be treated with extra care by staying on paths and trails and avoiding trampling the vegetation. As such, throughout this trip do not use motor vehicles that drive off-road, etc. Keeping on the road protects the vegetation and animals.
We use camp sites, hostels and hotels which promote green environmental practices. We prefer our clients to stay in accommodation facilities which use raw materials including water and energy, have waste management systems, and have system of improving the quality of their internal environment.
National park fees directly contribute to the conservation of the national parks we visit on this trip. Tanzania is a member of Convention for the International Treaty on Endangered Species (CITES), which protects more than 2,500 species of endangered animals and 340,000 species of endangered plants, prohibits the trafficking of animal skins, ivory, coral, shells and scales. We act as ambassadors of wild animals and their environments and we have been supporting initiatives taken by Tanzania National Parks in protecting these endangered animals.
On this Kilimanjaro trek we provide our adventurers with local guides, local cooks and local porters that all have expertise in environmental protection. Our guides know the importance of protecting the environment and beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro.
As the vast majority of this tour involves walking, we ensure to protect the vegetation by only using established tracks. We leave what we find, so no taking of plants, rocks, archaeological artefacts, etc. We ensure that our guests dispose of waste in the responsible way by taking anything with them. Ecosystems, especially in Mount Kilimanjaro, are fragile and must be treated with extra care.
Throughout this trip travellers will be staying in a mixture of camps and hostels. We ensure to provide accommodation facilities that are environmental-friendly and that aim to minimise any negative effects on the environment. Some of the hostels used during the Kilimanjaro trekking trip are the Mandara hut, Kibo hut and Horombo hut.
These hostels are built in a way so that the environment is not disrupted. For example, Mandara hut is a village of A-framed huts in a forest clearing on the Marangu route. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting with a camp capacity of up to 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.
Whilst staying in these hostels and camps, guests are served delicious food and clean water because our local staff only source ingredients locally and we ensure that they provide our tourists with a well- balanced diet- this entails a great amount of fresh fruit and the clean water is obtained and filtered from springs available on Mount Kilimanjaro. We ensure water sources are used judiciously and we always avoid polluting it.
During this trip, the accommodation facilities that we use are environmentally friendly. As hotels can produce large quantities of waste which can end up in the surrounding environment, our tour organisation therefore takes action to protect the environment in Tanzania. These accommodations have systems that minimise the waste at water sources as well as recycling them.
We select hotels that encourage the use of “green” products and provide services that are both satisfying to our clients and products that are biodegradable, recyclable, non-toxic and less processed material. Their use in the context of a hotel leads to reduced water and energy consumption.
For tourists who like game fishing we can take them to the areas where there are many fish. For example, on the 3rd day of the itinerary we take guests to Kizimkazi. Whilst here, our guests are led by tour guides who are very knowledgeable about the area and the different activities which take place there. It is very beautiful and an amazing place for tourists to do some game fishing or simply play in the water.
Getting the chance to see bottle-nose and humpback dolphins in the wild is an incredibly rewarding experience. We believe this to be the only way to interact with these beautiful creatures and we aim to not disrupt them. The fishing activity there only affects certain species of fish and tourists are advised to adopt a policy of ‘catch and release’ as this will contribute to maintaining the life cycle of fish. Guides make sure to give pre-information to our tourists before starting this tour.
Our company accommodates its customers in hotels, hostels and camp sites of high international standards. Some of the hotels and hostels are owned by local people. By supporting accommodation facilities, tourism brings in revenue that directly impacts local community.
We further support these local communities that are surrounded by National parks by employing porters, tour guides and chefs directly from their communities. Our employees are well educated about tourism and we have discovered that our clients enjoy to be guided by the due to their knowledge.
Our preference when it comes to safari tour guides are those who originated from Arusha and Manyara regions because this two regions are surrounded by most famous national parks including Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro and Tarangire national parks.
We provide an intelligent traveller's alternative to the myriad adventure safaris. We don’t miss the wildlife spectaculars, the so called “Big Five” - but you’ll see and learn something of the other five hundred as well and we'll never make you feel like a package tourist.
We organise all our Mount Kilimanjaro trekking trips from scratch and, as mentioned, all of the trips are guided by local tour guides. These guides are professional and have lots of experience, plus they are registered with the association of tour guides. By using local tour guides we bring additional income to them and to their families. For this trip we use tour guides who are originated from areas surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro. Furthermore, we use accommodation facilities which are locally owned for the purpose of ensuring the income generated benefits local economy at all.
We usually limit the number of people in groups. Your group will consist of only the people you chose to travel with and your mountain crew. Limiting the group to a certain number of people our tour guides are overwhelmed, allowing them to quickly solve any issues that may arise. Small groups also reduce the impact on the environment.
In order to ensure the community benefits with the income generated in tourism we insist in using the hotels and other services of high standards. Also we use local hotels and other local services (transportation, guides, cooks, porters and housekeepers) to ensure that your money directly benefits local people such as families of porters, tour guides, owners and employees. We ensure that hotel facilities and transportation meet the standards to accommodate our clients and that our employees have good working conditions.
Throughout this trip, all the ingredients for meals are locally sourced (this includes the sea food that is sourced within Zanzibar- it is incredibly fresh!) As such we ensure that our tourists are provided with a well-balanced diet and clean water, whilst also contributing to the local economy.
Our team is made up of local guides who are professional and have adequate experience for the purpose of providing to our clients the best travel. Our staffs are passionate for community development programmes which we share with our clients from all over the world. This gives them an opportunity to discover and make a difference by helping local ethnic minority people.
Are you looking for a trekking adventure, joining an adventurous safari or relaxing on a white beach by the Indian Ocean? We provide professional and competent service. Get in touch with us and we will help you create your dream holiday in East Africa.
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