Selous & Ruaha safari in Tanzania

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This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you and can be tailor made to your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Selous & Ruaha safari in Tanzania

Environment

The company that organises this vacation is a multi-award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travelers are well-informed, as an informed traveler tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveler. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.

Tanzania as a country, brought into law that single use plastic bags will be banned as of June 2019 and that producers and suppliers must dispose of their stock responsibly by that date. This has encouraged our lodges to provide water fill up stations and encourage guests to bring their own re-usable water bottles or offer them in the camps.

The camps we use are in the much less frequented Southern half of the country, where you are more likely to see herds of animals than huge hordes of game vehicles. This is important as there is less negative impact on the areas we visit and the animals themselves.

Ruaha River Lodge was the first camp to open in this national park, there by opening up wildlife tourism to this area. By doing this, and having tourism in the parks, the wildlife is more valued and less likely to be poached. The company has chosen a number of locations where there are few or no other camps.

To reduce the environmental impact, the camps restrict electric usage. It is of course available at times of the day when it is most needed.

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair-trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (e.g. monitors).

Community

Your vacation can include a visit to the Kisaki hospital project near Selous, which benefits from your visit. The owners are also very committed to the welfare of staff and the local community. For example, scholarships have been provided for some local children to go to secondary school.

Foxes Safari Camps made a point of supporting villages close to the areas they work in, but in 2005 they realised their ambition to harness the good will of their many guests and created an NGO – Foxes Community and Wildlife Trust. The charity has become very successful in community projects primarily in the Mufindi area, but with the blueprints to effective projects in place will be able to replicate this success in other areas of Tanzania.

Orphans in the Wild is the fund-raising UK sister charity for Foxes NGO, a small charity based in beautiful but remote Southern Highlands of Tanzania in the highland region called Mufindi.

The area has been decimated by the effects of HIV/Aids. Orphans in the Wild is working to support projects to help these proud and independent people to combat the effects of the disease on their community and to restore it to health and self-sufficiency. From small beginnings the charity now cares for sixty children in a Children’s Village of 6 small houses. Healthcare, education, income generation and long-term future sustainability are at the heart of the charity’s fight against HIV/Aids. Health care initiatives include the Milk Powder Project to save babies lives, supporting education in the community, helping to improve facilities and equipment. The Mdabulo HIV/Aids Care Treatment Centre (CTC) was completed 2010. Now, over 5,000 villagers are currently being tested and treated.

In terms of information, all travelers are given guidelines on Traveling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment. For any community-owned or run project, they also have a Community Tourism Information sheet for travelers to help explain how to get the best from the experience, and what to expect (good and bad). For trekkers, the company have a Porter Policy in place, a copy of which is given to clients. They are also have a Responsible Wildlife Viewing guide too. For anything more specific, eg rules about visiting gorillas, this information is also given to clients. In addition, they offer more information about the native people and cultures in a destination country, which all adds to a traveler being more aware.

The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.

They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed, they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travelers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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