Comoros small group vacation

A nine day, small group vacation to one of the smallest island nations in the world. An Indian Ocean archipelago. Far out and fantastic.
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Price
£1499 excluding flights
Duration
9 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
Up to 12 people
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Comoros
The Union of the Comoros, as it’s officially known, is one of the smallest island nations in the world. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re not alone. ...
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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Scenery and the people

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for untouristed challenges

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Don’t know

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Poor communication of ground operators caused frustration

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Comoros is probably our most challenging destination - not so much in terms of the destination itself, but in the fact that the lack of tourism here means that the infrastructure and level of services on the islands is much below what one can expect in other parts of Africa. Few local people have had the constant practice with tourists that helps them both to understand expectations and refine the services that they provide. We are constantly working with our partner here to improve services, but this is not always an easy task and so we try to highlight the issues involved in traveling here in all of the information that we send our travelers.

Despite our best efforts, it’s often the case that things in Comoros don’t always run as smoothly as we would like, and perhaps we should have made this clearer in the pre-departure information we sent you. That is not to abdicate responsibility - we do of course try our best to continually improve the quality of services here - but it can be a difficult issue to resolve in a country like Comoros. We will be discussing all of the issues that you mentioned in your email to us at length with our local team to see how best we can avoid similar problems in the future.

Thanks again for taking the time to provide us with feedback - this is always really important to us as it helps us to highlight any areas that may need improvement.

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Planet

We spend a lot of this trip exploring some of the landscapes of the Comoros on foot, and we take care to stick to the trails and not to damage any of the flora, as some parts of the region are quite a fragile environment. We operate a strict no litter policy on our tours, which includes the drivers. The Comoros Islands are home to rare and endemic wildlife, and it is particularly important these are protected.

At Itsamia, we watch turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. We ensure that our presence here does not disturb these animals, and only approach once they have started laying, rather than being on the beach when they land, potentially discouraging them from laying eggs. We limit our time with the turtles so as not to cause unnecessary distress.

Similarly, at Wallah we are careful not to disturb the Livingstone's fruit bats - this is a vulnerable species found nowhere else.

The Comoros Islands are one of the least visited countries in the world and western European norms regarding the environment are not so well entrenched, therefore it is quite common for local people to dispose of rubbish simply by throwing it out of the window. We work to educate our drivers and other service providers so as to avoid contributing to this problem.

Similarly, in conjunction with our local team we work with hotels and guesthouses to implement best practices when it comes to environmental matters – again in some places this is far behind what we might be used to in other parts of the world. This includes basic things like not replacing towels each day, as well as saving electricity and turning lights off – small things but as the country is still really in the early stages of dealing with tourism we hope that they can become ingrained into the culture.

People

On all of our tours we strive to include a strong focus on local communities and we are firm believers of tourism having the capacity to make a positive impact on the places visited. We stay at locally-owned guesthouses and hotels and where appropriate employ the services of local people in order not only to gain a greater insight into the complex traditions here but to ensure that they gain financial benefit from our visit, rather than just being ‘exhibits’.

We try to employ the services of local guides, from the areas that we visit; not only are they able to offer greater insights and a more intimate connection with the place, but this helps to ensure that some of the income generated by our visit filters back to local communities rather than just being funnelled to centralised institutions. This also helps to show local communities that there is a financial benefit for them in preserving the natural environment.

Some of the areas that we visit are quite traditional with certain codes of behaviour, and the people here are not that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travelers are appropriately briefed in order so as not to offend local sensibilities.

We visit a number of sites and monuments on this tour that do not necessarily receive much funding from other sources; the entrance fees that we include help to maintain the heritage of this country for future generations – not just western travelers but more importantly to local people to whom they have far more cultural and historical significance. We use locally owned suppliers and our partners here are deeply involved with the preservation of the culture and heritage of the country. Through carefully supervised tourism, greater worth is placed upon the rich heritage of the Comoros and it is hoped that local authorities will not only have the funds but also recognise the value in restoring and preserving such places.

Where possible we encourage our travelers to spend their money with local businesses; for this reason we do not include meals where it is feasible to eat outside of the hotels, in order that local restaurants are able to benefit from the presence of tourism, rather than the income being channelled just to the hotel.

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