India tiger photography tour with Steve Winter

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
The natural world is our niche. No other company fully specialises in this area and we pride ourselves on taking the essential concepts of a safari and translating these into all the itineraries we design. Our focus differs from other operators. Working as a team of highly knowledgeable experts, we have first-hand experience of the destinations we feature and also seek to support many environmental and conservation ventures across the world. This enables us to provide extraordinary journeys that put our clients in the right place at the right time for life changing and ethically responsible wildlife encounters and natural experiences. As well as being excellent guides in terms of educating safari participants in the wildlife they are seeing, they also explain the importance of preserving the environment, both in terms of conserving animal habitats and populations, but also in terms of how humans can minimise their impact. One such way that we echo this is in avoiding the use of single-use plastic by providing each participant with a reusable water bottle, both to use on this safari but for years to come.

Wherever possible we use locally run and managed accommodation. This can either be in environmentally low impact eco-lodges or tented camping safaris. As a result of this we minimise the impact on the local environment at the same time as providing the traveler with a high level of comfort. In the case of Mahua Kothi and Banjaar Tola where you will staying on this safari, both of these lodges are constructed from natural, local materials. For instance, much of the furniture at Banjaar Tola is constructed from fallen trees and driftwood rather than 'logged' wood. In addition both lodges have energy and water-saving measures in place to ensure that renewable energy is used as much as possible. Both Mahua Kothi and Banjaar Tola have their own gardens to provide fresh vegetables which are served in the lodge, to minimise food miles wherever possible, with other ingredients sourced from the local area. By traveling as part of a small group safari your impact on the environment and wildlife is kept to a minimum at all times as it reduces the number of vehicles compared to tailor-made travel as a couple or single traveler.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

When selecting the partners for our safaris we ensure that we work with those who employ and support the local communities knowing that there can be no conservation of wildlife and the environment without them being meaningful stakeholders. One such way that Mahua Kothi focuses on the community and conservation is by providing local school children with lessons in conservation to ensure that they are committed to preserving the jungle for future generations. Mahua Kothi was named as the Most Inspirational Eco Lodge by TOFTigers whose strict criteria includes investing time and money to maintain sustainable tourism practices, which includes having a positive impact on the local community in addition to the environment. Whilst staying at the lodge, guests have the opportunity to take part in ongoing community initiatives by donating or helping install smokeless wood stoves in village houses and visiting the primary school to assist with distributing nutritional supplements.

We also encourage our clients to engage with the local communities and learn more about where they are visiting with the hope of building long terms links and allowing the local people to see the benefits that tourism can bring to their community. There are also opportunities to support the local community in both Kanha and Bandhavgarh by visiting the local market to buy locally-produced handicrafts and souvenirs. Both Mahua Kothi and Banjaar Tola buy as much fresh produce from the local community to ensure that not only are food miles kept to a minimum, but that the local community benefit from the lodge's presence, which is also seen through their employment of staff from the local community as much as possible.

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