Kenya expedition to Lake Turkana
Description of Kenya expedition to Lake Turkana
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Kenya has been in the tourism game longer than virtually any other African country – and it shows. Other nations may boast higher mountains, bigger ga...
'Safari' means 'journey', and the word itself has travelled – first from the Arabic safar and safariya, through to the Swahili safari. This East...
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PlanetThis tour travels through some very remote regions, many of which are rarely been touched by the presence of tourists and we strongly believe in maintaining their pristine nature. The nature of this trip means that many nights are spent camping. We strive to ensure that we leave these areas as we find them and our team have been trained in strict no litter policies, meaning that we take all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns. We use gas for cooking, but on occasions may use firewood – but only where this does not deplete natural resources and deprive local communities from using this themselves. Washing of dishes is carried out well away from any water sources so as not to contaminate them.
Tourism is not as common in this part of Kenya. As pioneers in tourism to the area, we feel we have a very special responsibility to help make local people aware of environmental issues associated with tourism. We also speak with hotels about green practices such as not changing sheets daily, conserving electricity and other issues, and we hope that by repeating these messages, responsible tourism will start to become more important in the country.
PeopleAs with many of the trips that we offer, this tour has a strong focus on local culture and different ethnic groups. Where possible we try to ensure that local people benefit from our presence.
We recognise that as one of the only tour operators to visit this part of Kenya, we have a special responsibility to conduct our trips in a sensitive and responsible manner, and not to contribute to any degradation of local culture. It is very important that village visits are carried out sensitively and local people do not feel as if they are being ‘invaded’ or treated as exhibits.
By virtue of our small group sizes (maximum 12, but more typically 7-10) we visit these villages on a more equal basis than would be the case if we were a group of 25 people. We consult with tribal elders to make sure that our presence is welcomed, and always make use of a local guide from the particular village or ethnic group that we visit, to ensure that there is financial benefit to the local community. We do not encourage our travelers to give gifts to children but rather advise that they channel any donations or gifts through the elders, who can ensure that they are distributed appropriately.
Travelers are briefed extensively on appropriate behaviour within the villages to ensure that we do not unwittingly cause offence.
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