Responsible tourism: Kenya wildlife and safari vacation
World Animal Protection and the operator advocate for animals to be kept in the wild, safe from unethical tourism. At the same time, we realise that navigating the world of animal friendly travel can be puzzling at times. So, we’ve taken the guess work out of wildlife travel experiences, and joined forces to bring you this carefully crafted itinerary that offers the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Kenya.
It is our responsibility as visitors to minimise the impact of our presence in the environments we travel through. The company’s operations are managed to ensure that the natural values of the host region are undiminished in the long term. On your trip, we make sure to preserve the pristine qualities of the natural environment to encourage travelers to continue to visit and support the communities for which tourism is a main industry.
This itinerary is a fine example of how travelers can enjoy the beauty and wonder of Kenya’s wildlife without bringing them harm. Each of the national parks and conservancies visited on this itinerary sets the benchmark in the industry for ethical wildlife encounters and wildlife protection. Wildlife sightings will be plentiful and natural.
To be more precise, we visit the Solio Game Reserve that plays a major part in the protection and breeding of black rhinos and is recognised as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya. The Ol Kinyei Conservancy belongs to a Masai community who have set aside the conservancy as a wildlife sanctuary with a wide variety of species. There are open plains, forests, rivers and stunning views. We stay at the tented camps at Ol Pejeta Conservancy that promotes environmental conservation through remittance of bed night fees, lease fees and conservancy fees to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, who collects funding necessary for wildlife conservation. By visiting David and Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage we support their work.
We encourage travelers to view wild animals in their natural habitats in a responsible manner that makes animal welfare and conservation a core priority. We discourage direct human initiated contact with wild animals. Travelers should not feed wild animals because they can become dependent on unreliable food sources and suffer if given inappropriate foods.
You are encouraged to avoid purchasing souvenirs made from wild animals, including fur, ivory, shells, seahorses, teeth, rhino horn and turtle shell products, as well as traditional medicine derived from endangered or threatened species, such as tiger bone.
Out of respect for the local culture, we ask you to dress appropriately. This will also increase the chance to be accepted by the locals so that you will have a richer and more authentic interaction with them. We encourage you to always ask for permission first before taking someone’s photograph. If the person declines, respect their wish. When photographing a child, permission should be sought from their parent or an adult guardian. We are very careful when posting images of children online.
The tented camps we use at Ol Pejeta Conservancy enhances community development through providing financial assistance to projects on education, health, water, roads, agriculture, livestock extension and Community-Based Tourism.
The camps we stay at in Selenkay Conservancy makes its purchases locally where possible. On weekly basis, the camp purchases a goat for staff from the local community. A group of women from the area also supply honey to the camp. Approximately 94% of the staff are employed from the local community. They are trained internally by the camp. The camp highly values the local culture and you will be briefed upon arrival to the camp and during community or village visits. Village visits include cultural talks by the local elders, and entertainment such as cultural dances. No cash payments are made during your visits; instead the local people are paid on monthly basis depending on the number of guests visiting the village.
The tented camps we use at Ol Kinyei Conservancy makes its purchases from the locals where feasible, milk, honey and meat for staff meals is obtained from the staffs who happen to be the locals. At least six goats are bought from the community on weekly basis. Formal agreements are signed in milk and honey supply. About 90% of the employees are from the local Ol Kinyei area. The employees were sought from the local community and trained on hospitality skills.
If animal encounters are high on your list for your next adventure, and you want to make sure your experiences aren’t harmful, then this adventure that has been appraised by World Animal Protection, is perfect for you.