Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group tour

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2020: 15 Mar
2021: 27 Feb, 14 Mar
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Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Small Group Travel
Our scheduled small group tours operate with a minimum group size of 6 and a maximum group size of 12 guests. By specialising only in small groups we reduce the impact on the destinations we visit and it means that when we stay in environmentally sensitive areas and interact with local cultures, we do not leave a large footprint from our tours.

Accommodation
Wherever possible we choose to use locally owned hotels and lodges ensuring that local communities gain a direct economic benefit from our business through employment and tourism. We try our best to avoid large chains and more commercial properties unless the location dictates that we must, in which case we always ensure they use local staff so that the benefits are still felt within the community. On this trip we are lucky to be able to visit one of our favourite private lodges, either Sausage Tree Camp or Senalala in the Greater Kruger, both of which are well known for their eco-friendliness, support in the local communities, and commitment to anti-poaching.

Wildlife
On all game drives, we remind our guests that we are the visitors and that we do not want our presence to impact the wildlife or their environment in any way. We are always accompanied by fully trained and qualified guides who will ensure that our groups understand how to interact with wildlife appropriately. The feeding of animals is strictly prohibited. When visiting Victoria Falls on this tour, we do our very best to discourage our guests from taking part in any elephant riding activities.

Water Usage
We know that in many of the areas that we visit, water is a very scarce resource. Our guests are encouraged to be conscious of their individual water usage and not to take long showers or waste water wherever possible. All small group guests are provided with a pocket hand sanitiser before the trip so that they can reduce water usage when washing their hands, and all guests are actively discouraged from taking a bath over a shower, particularly in Cape Town where the water shortages have been well publicised.

Travelers Code of Conduct
Every guest is provided with pre-trip information regarding the countries we will be visiting and they are encouraged to read up on the current social and political environments before they travel. We ask every guest to treat the people they meet locally with respect and fairness, and to make a concerted effort to understand the local customs and community beliefs. With regards to drinking water if the local supply is not safe to drink or is scarce, our guests are encouraged to purchase water in bulk and share it with the group in reusable containers, rather than purchase single use plastic bottles.

Our Offices
We know that being environmentally friendly starts at home, and as such we operate a virtual office so as not to increase the impact on the environment from having a separate office. We recycle all ink cartridges and paper where possible, and do not give out travel brochures other than minimal literature at our travel exhibitions. We recognise the need to reduce overall paper usage in travel documentation and as such have partnered with Vamoos, a travel app, which allows our guests to refer to their itinerary on their smart phones and therefore they will not need to print it. This is implemented for all types of vacations from small group tours to tailor-made private trips.

Community

Local Guides
On each of our small group tours there is a dedicated tour leader who escorts the group and ensures it all runs smoothly. In addition, we also employ local guides for each activity, which not only benefits the community directly through employment but is also of great value to our guests as they gain valuable insights into the local community. Their experience is enriched with the true expertise from people who live in the area, and it gives them a chance to see how their tourism is benefiting the places that they visit. On this tour specifically, we employ a local guide to take us round Victoria Falls despite the fact that they are easily self-guided, as this provides a direct benefit to the community as well as to our guests who get an enriched experience.

Entrance Fees
The national parks that we visit in each country support a large number of local communities and in particular provide local services and housing to the many staff that help to run the parks. Supporting these parks by paying the entrance fees is an important part of how we ensure the community is supported, and the parks are maintained, as well as providing an essential source of funding for the anti-poaching units.

Human Rights
Where we have influence, we are committed to promoting human rights. We ensure that everybody involved with our company is treated with fairness and respect, including our office staff and tour leaders. We ensure our local guides are paid and treated fairly, and only work with local business who follow this policy too. We have sourced small companies to use throughout this tour so that we can be absolutely sure they are treating their staff well, and for almost every excursion we have personally met the guides.

Local Crafts
When we visit local craft markets we encourage our guests to barter in a friendly and respectful manner with the local people but ask them to remember that for almost of the locals they interact with this is their only source of income and the livelihood that supports their families. Our advice is not to bargain too hard over what may only be $1 to you but is worth a lot more to them. Buying local crafts is a wonderful way to support the local community, however we prefer to encourage our guests to buy smaller wooden carvings rather than large pieces in an effort to conserve the woodland in the surrounding areas.

Charitable Donations
A small donation from the profits of each group tour is made to a local conservation charity, usually in relation to wildlife that is or becoming extinct. We know that there are a lot of communities that would benefit from our donations, particularly schools, however we recognise that in doing so we are allowing the local governments to continue to underfund the communities and do not wish to make the situation worse. We do not support local orphanages as we do not agree with industries that profit from vulnerable children. On this tour we choose to donate to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Limpopo, South Africa, who rescue baby animals that have been abandoned by their mothers.

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