Kenya conservation and research safari

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2018: 24 Feb
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kenya conservation and research safari

Environment

On this trip you will get have a real positive impact as you learn from local guides to travel, track and count wildlife species as part of the annual Lewa and Borana conservancies game census. These guides will induct you on the responsible way to view wildlife and help you to understand the sensitive environment of Laikipia.

When ever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets and to savouring rain water for washing, to using solar power heating.

Accommodation when traveling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally eco-lodges where we can. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind.

We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destinations, and at home in the UK, where our offices our based. We work in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to do this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries, to avoid leaving any litter (whether it is biodegradable or not).


Community

All of our trips are conducted by local guides and drivers who specialise in this region of Africa. Through the employment of local staff, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. Wherever possible we use locally run and managed accommodation; lodging does vary however and can be in environmentally low impact eco-lodges or luxury camps.

This trip to Kenya will be directly contributing to conservation in the Laikipia Plateau region as you will be counting wildlife to help gather numbers for the annual game census. This crucial work will assist the rangers in monitoring wildlife numbers and tracking their movements. Guests will also be offered a change to help out with a community project, allowing guest to give something back to the local community.

The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travelers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the “thing to do”; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures, society and standard of living.

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