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Eco Friendly Safaris

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On safari holiday – an eco-friendly approach

Some independent travellers do not necessarily want or demand the full package of conveniences. For them, the luxury lodge or “colonial splendour” reminiscent of a bygone era are not sought-after ingredients of their ideal safari. Instead, they want to acquire a deeper understanding of Africa and its people.

For all the tremendous attractions in East Africa, the effect of tourism on the fragile environments with which it interacts and on indigenous cultures is often degrading in all senses of the word. This can be alleviated if not eliminated altogether.

If you are one of these types of traveller, you will wish to avoid contributing to further damage while recognising that foreign visitors can bring great benefits to the region. For you, the ideal safari trip will be designed to offer genuine insights into the lands you travel through, with minimum impact on the people and places you visit. You seek an intelligent traveller's alternative to the myriad adventure treks and safaris – and such alternatives have arisen over the past two decades.

With this type of low-impact travel provider, you do not miss the wildlife spectaculars - the “Big Five” - but you view them and learn something of the other “not so big 495” as well. What this type of eco-sensitive safari may lack in out and out comfort, it more than makes up for in you never feeling like a package tourist.

Safari operation is a competitive market, but an eco-aware safari operators believe that local people must see rewards from tourism if they are to have an interest in safeguarding their environments. It will include support for schools, self-help projects and employment of local guides – all contributing to the long term sustainability of communities managing their own natural resources. They employ qualified mountain guides, wildlife experts and local guides, who are effective communicators  - not simply there to drive vehicles and cook. They are knowledgeable about the plants, wildlife, history and folklore of the country, making your safari experiences so much the richer.

What the eco-friendly safari operator offers is sensitive interaction with varieties of people, designed to promote greater understanding of very different lifestyles. The indigenous people and wildlife are not as photo opportunities to you and not to this type of operator. Whether in out in the bush, in a local bar or inside a mud hut, a goal is to meet, interact and learn and to enjoy the experience. This type of operator engages the local people, gains their cooperation in such trips and includes schemes to assist community projects.

It is a form of safari that does not suit everyone’s goals or temperament, but if you are environmentally aware and curious about the world beneath the obvious one in which you will find yourself on safari, an eco-friendly organisation is a viable option for an amazing trip.

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