Margarette Duré review 24 Mar 2023
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Visiting museums and interacting with the locals.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be open minded, get ready to take lots of pictures and videos when ever possible.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
My feelings are conflicted , I understand Travelers bring financial gains to every one involved, visitors bring gifts or monetary goods to locals but at time I personally feel intrusive taking pictures of what I would define as “privacy” , for the avid photographer many things including humans in their habitats look new, colorful, interesting to the eye, however a person like me would probably never get the chance to visit Savalou, Natitingou, Defale, Pya people, Tchare grandma, school kids in Kabou, beautiful Fulani people, it’s a delicate balance travel organizers and travelers as well need to remain attentive to.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Best vacation I ever had. Will do it again if I could.
Read the operator's response here:
Photography is always a subject that we try to manage sensitively; we recognise that many of our travelers like to take photographs but it’s important to bear in mind that the people that we visit are not simply objects to be photographed. We visit villages that are happy to receive us as visitors, and always ensure that our presence is not resented, and that we leave something for the village to thank them for having allowed us to visit them. As you say, this can be a delicate balance and not all travelers give this as much thought as you, so where necessary we try to step in and speak to travelers if behaviour becomes inappropriate, as well as giving guidelines as to how to behave sensitively.