Responsible tourism: South Africa vacation, Rainbow route & Drakensberg
Both ourselves and our local partner in South Africa is passionate about environmental responsibility. Our local partner even assists a wildlife rehabilitation centre outside of Johannesburg, where injured birds and other wildlife are cared for until strong enough to be released back into the wild. Our partner donates to this project and buys equipment to assist in repairs and maintenance of the centre. During your tour, we cook with gas where possible in order to avoid depleting limited resources of firewood, and we ensure that all rubbish is collected and taken away from the area to be recycled where possible and otherwise disposed of responsibly. The accommodation used on the tour is involved in local environmental initiatives, such as clean energy and waste initiatives. All entrance fees from the tour go directly to the maintenance of the national parks or places of interest to assist with nature conservation and anti-poaching activities.
We are committed to giving back to the local communities that we visit on our tours. We employ local people on our tours, as the people who live and work in the area have exceptional knowledge of the local wildlife, culture and environments, giving you the best insight into the area that you are visiting, and giving you the chance to meet and interact with the local people. By supporting and employing these people, we are helping to ensure that the environment, through tourism, is generating value for the community and encourages the local communities to protect the region from large-scale development and exploitation, whilst giving the local people an income and a financial reason to protect the environment. We use local suppliers wherever possible, for accommodation, meals and transport, and through this, the money you put in to the trip is ensured to be ploughed back into the local economy.