An important aspect of the work that we do and around which we are both extremely passionate about is the somewhat 'green-washed' concept of sustainable travel.
Obviously, the very nature of this industry is a contradiction-in-terms... for in order to get people like you interested, aware & passionate about the very fragile wild places across our planet & the ever-dwindling numbers of wildlife that calls these places home, we understand that you need to come and experience them for yourselves by way of immersive, transformational wilderness travel adventures. This naturally entails the use of long-haul flights on carbon-heavy airlines, not to mention the footprints of the hotels & lodges that you stay in on your safari.
However, we don't think it is a black & white matter that should result in an extremist no-travel-is-good-travel approach. We encourage & follow the following approach for all the wilderness trips we create:
Selecting suppliers that have a fierce focus on sustainability in their operations as a given rather than a nice-to-have or good for green optics. Inevitably these same suppliers are mostly incredibly committed to meaningful, relevant conservation & community projects in their areas.
Reducing waste on our trips & experiences.
Encouraging our guests to travel more sustainably, whether contributing to a carbon off-set project*, or looking at the gear they purchase & bring, or simply their everyday actions & behaviour. Some of our preferred partners in this regard are listed below, and we would encourage you to have a look at some of the options out there if you are interested in this side of the luxury travel conundrum.
* We will add a discretionary line-item to every one of our trip costings, offering to take care of the carbon off-
setting required for your experience with us, through one of the below partner organisations.
Did You Know?
Tourism is responsible for roughly 8% of the world’s carbon emissions, making it a significant contributor to climate change
A one-way flight from San Francisco to Paris can produce just over 1.25 metric tons of carbon emissions per passenger
That’s over a quarter of the amount of carbon that the average person worldwide produces per year – just from one round trip flight
Every time you fly on a plane, stay in a hotel, ride in a taxi, or create waste, carbon emissions are being generated
While there are many ways that you can & should minimise your carbon footprint while traveling – from turning off the air conditioner to renting electric vehicles – no matter how sustainable your travel habits are, certain carbon emissions are unavoidable
That’s where carbon offsetting comes in - these are some recommended organisations that have off-set programs
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY
Besides the obvious 'offset' approach mentioned above, we also like to encourage people whilst they are out on safari in these wild places to connect with some of the really great projects & programs that are working extremely hard to ensure the longevity of these places, the wildlife & the people who rely on them for a living.
There are numerous such initiatives that we would be happy to discuss with you pre-travel, and introduce you to during your adventures with us. Some of the projects we resonate most with - after some 35 years combined experience in this field - are listed below, with links to more information on each one provided.