West-central India wildlife vacation

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SINGLE USE PLASTIC-FREE:
We have always believed that single use plastic is inherently wasteful and serves, as the lazy-personís solution to convenience, at the expense of the environment. Within urban, developed environments single use plastics has still a strong possibility of being recycled and re-used in other applications. However across the Indian sub-continent we have several locations that are so environmentally sensitive that we need to do all that we can to protect and preserve these regions, not only from the pressures of tourism, travelers and visitors but more importantly from the added burden of waste and itís irresponsible discarding which adds to the ecological degradation of these sensitive sites. Hence weíve decided to ensure that for the experiences we offer in the National Parks across India, we will strive to eliminate the scourge of single use plastics and make these vacations refreshingly plastic-free.
PRESERVING FOOD:
We ensure that food on safari and whilst traveling to and from the reserve areas is stored and transported in Igloo Camping boxes.
BAGS:
Travelers have access to paper and cotton cloth bags, which are re-usable and are easily available across the properties we use.
IN THE ROOMS:
Absolutely no plastics are used in the rooms of all the properties we use. All toiletries are stored in recycled paper. There are wicker baskets with recycled paper bags that serve as bin bags and where tea and coffee services are provided, we provide plunger coffee and loose-leaf teas to ensure that thereís no plastic packaging or bags used whatsoever.
STRAWS:
We have eliminated all plastic straws entirely. If travelers find it absolutely necessary to use a straw, we then have recycled paper straws for one time use.
WATER BOTTLES:
We provide only glass bottles around the property and in addition provide each traveler with a refillable, re-usable stainless steel bottle, which can be filled up with drinking water, which is easily accessible and available through R.O. Water treatment points. We carry drinking water for travelers in glass bottles whilst on safaris which are stored in the camping Igloo container boxes. Alternatively we give travelers the option to provide them with the Life Straw filter water bottles if they wish this for their trip.
RUBBISH:
Anything you do to help clear up waste on tour (e.g. picking up plastics and other rubbish on beaches etc.) Any ways that accommodations etc. Deal with waste Ė e.g. alternatives to plastic bags.
EDUCATION:
We educate travelers that the vacation and the destinations they will be visiting are absolutely single-use plastic free, so this knowledge is available to them before they embark on visiting such national park forest reserves.
CHANGE MAKING:
We began working closely with accommodations that we partnered with to ensure that they ensure a completely plastic free environment within their environments. One aspect that comes to mind as an example of change we helped bring about was to eliminate all plastic bottles that were initially being carried in the Igloo camping boxes for traveler consumption. These have now been entirely replaced with glass sealed bottles with travelers having the option of additionally carrying their re-usable stainless steel flasks and/ or LifeStraw bottles as well.
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Responsible tourism: West-central India wildlife vacation

Environment

Responsible Wildlife safaris
In both the reserves of Tadoba and Pench, we as operators have control over the vehicles we can operate within the park. Hence we have ensured that we only operate small, compact, petrol only 4x4 jeeps that are completely silent, lightweight and hence can coast through the forest tracks on no engine power but pure momentum, most of the time whilst on the safari trails.

We ensure that there are not more than four people per vehicle and as there are only limited numbers of trips possible into the park, our footprint as a result is very small.

The tribal Guards we employ and work with are expert trackers, watchers and generally have highly attuned senses of smell and sound. As a result they can spot and track animals without causing a sort of mad dash through the park in pursuit of game and itís spotting. This ensures that our safaris donít intrude on animal movement and in the absence of this stress, we end up with animal encounters that end up being truly memorable as they donít fear our presence or find us intrusive.


Sustainable accommodation and tree houses
The accommodations we use are designed to have a very low footprint possible. From cottages with roofs made by tribal communities using sustainable and renewable elephant grasses.

While on the other hand, the tree houses we use are all made from locally sourced renewable timbers from the local villages.


Rainwater harvesting
At the properties we use, the lay of the land is designed so that rainwater returns to the river and lake that is adjacent with all the natural flora retained with an additional 350 species of fruiting and flowering trees planted to ensure sustained diversity and species pollination.


Single use Plastic-free living
Weíve completely done away with single-use plastics on this vacation. All water is reverse osmosis purified and is continuously available throughout the properties, whilst on safari and whilst visiting the countryside. All other forms of single use plastics are also banned from all the properties and in the safari parks.

Community

A hundred percent local employment
We ensure that we employ only locals from the surrounding villages on the grounds of the properties. All grounds keepers are local women from the surrounding villages who then get a sustained source of income and stable jobs as a result.
All the staff who assist travelers, be it at the reception, the restaurant or the rooms all come from the neighbouring villages.

Tribal forest guides and Naturalists
We employ only Tribal forest guards and Naturalist guides from the neighbouring tribal villages that reside just adjacent to the forest reserves of both Tadoba and Pench.

Village tours and local school support
With our support of the local villages through hands on culinary sessions at village homes possible in the local village and additionally our active support of the local school, we stand committed to the welfare of the villages we support, both with our active assistance and also financial support to help supplement their agricultural incomes.

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