Navigating booking an African holiday can be tricky, there is so much to take into consideration to ensure your client gets their desired experience. Then there is the importance of ensuring you choose a company that operates a sustainable tourism practice.
Africa’s allure is unmatched, beckoning adventurers to its diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. Yet, traversing this magnificent continent demands more than just a sense of wanderlust; it requires a conscientious approach to ensure the preservation of its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Selecting the right travel company becomes paramount, with the spotlight on sustainable and responsible tourism practices.
In essence, the responsibility of responsible tourism begins with the travel booker. Many companies claim they practice sustainable and responsible tourism and while most do, there are some “that talk the talk but don’t walk the walk”.
Choosing the right travel company for sustainable adventures can be easy if you know what to look for. In the realm of African travel, embracing Sustainable and Responsible Tourism is not merely a trend but a vital ethos. A conscientious traveller’s first step lies in scrutinizing travel companies committed to minimizing their ecological footprint, preserving local cultures, and uplifting communities.
Key features of a responsible travel company
Don’t be afraid to ask these questions of the travel company or wholesaler you are booking with. Not only will it give you clarity on their tourism practices, but it encourages the companies to be more aware that this is what is expected of clients. Here are a few key features to look out for.
Community Engagement: Seek companies deeply involved in local communities, fostering sustainable development through initiatives like education, healthcare, and economic empowerment.
Environmental Conservation: Look for companies dedicated to preserving Africa’s biodiversity, minimizing environmental impact, and supporting conservation efforts.
Cultural Respect: Opt for companies emphasizing cultural sensitivity, and promoting authentic experiences that respect traditions and heritage.
African Scenic Safaris: A beacon of responsible exploration
Nestled among the many travel companies, African Scenic Safaris stands out as a beacon of responsible tourism. Their journey echoes a commitment to sustainability and responsible practices, setting a precedent for ethical exploration.
With the company slogan “Travel light – Travel right”, African Scenic Safaris is a leading Tanzania DMC tour operator that offers sustainable, immersive, and awe-inspiring journeys, connecting travellers with the untouched beauty and rich cultural heritage of Africa.
African Scenic Safaris has recently been awarded Travelife certification, the highest level of sustainability certification for tour operators who engage in responsible and sustainable tourism practices. Gaining recognition as an international Travelife Certified travel company means African Scenic Safaris’ practices are in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria and are formally Recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
African Scenic Safaris intertwines sustainability into every facet of its operations. From low-impact practices to employing local guides and using eco-friendly transportation, their approach minimizes environmental disturbance.
African Scenic Safaris Director, Simbo Natai, said “In today’s world, it is more crucial than ever for travellers to choose a company that prioritizes sustainable tourism practices. By opting for a company committed to sustainable tourism, travellers can actively contribute to the conservation of natural habitats, the preservation of local cultures, and the economic empowerment of communities. Moreover, sustainable tourism ensures that future generations can continue to enjoy the wonders of our planet. At African Scenic Safaris, we firmly believe that responsible travel not only enriches the experiences of our guests but also plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the destinations we cherish.”
The company actively engages local communities by supporting schools, healthcare initiatives, and sustainable livelihood projects, ensuring a positive socio-economic impact. Partnering with conservation organizations, African Scenic Safaris contributes to wildlife preservation efforts, protecting endangered species and supporting habitat conservation. They facilitate authentic cultural experiences, respecting traditions and enabling travellers to engage respectfully with local communities, fostering mutual understanding.
Paving the way for ethical adventures
As travellers, our choices shape the landscapes we explore. Embracing the ethos of sustainable and responsible tourism isn’t just an option; it’s a responsibility. Selecting a company like African Scenic Safaris doesn’t just promise an unforgettable journey but ensures that our explorations leave a positive impact on Africa, preserving its wonders for generations to come.
Embark on your African adventure not just as a traveller, but as a steward of this magnificent continent, choosing wisely and journeying with a company that echoes your values—a company like African Scenic Safaris, leading the way in responsible exploration.