Sustainability: A mix of support, culture and excitement
Sustainable development aims to relieve poverty, create equitable standards of living, satisfy basic needs and establish practises that in the end will be able to support themselves.
Safari Hunters is committed to promoting sustainability and development in African countries, and we support several projects aimed at empowering local communities and promoting awareness . All our clients have the option to be take part in environmental and social sustainability simply by taking part in one of our sustainable tourism projects.
Sustainable tourism is not daunting. It simply means that your holiday experience benefits not only you, giving you a richer experience, but supports local communities and gives them a positive experience of tourism. As it combines normal holiday activities with interaction with local people and conservation projects, it is the most exciting and fun way to travel in Africa.
This is a very simple example of what a day might include when you decide to take this option for your holiday:
– Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Nature Walk with a conservation expert – Dinner and evening spent with a local family
Sustainable Tourism: the way of the responsible traveler
Eco-tourism is becoming a popular term to describe any tour that takes into account the environment and local resources. And very often eco-tourism is confused with sustainable tourism.
Eco-tourism does not take into account all the environmental, social, political and economic implications of tourism. Sustainable tourism is about finding a balance between nature, the environment, the needs of the tourists and needs of the locals so that all will benefit.
Sustainable tourism promotes integration and interaction with local communities. It is a way of supporting local projects and businesses while respecting the local traditions and way of living. It also helps to conserve resources and the environment. Sustainable tourism does not disrupt the status quo, or require people to adjust their way of life.
Sustainable tourism activities range from staying and dining with local families and spending time with fishermen or farmers to learn how they support their families to visiting local conservation projects that really take into account the needs of the people living around them. Sustainable tourism does not have to exclude classic safaris: game drives and visits to national parks can be perfectly integrated into a sustainable tourism itinerary.
So what is sustainabile tourism?
It is informative. Travellers will enrich their own experiences by learning about the destination and how to help sustain its character. Locals will learn about other societies and appreciate the differences and difficulties that both societies face.
It supports integrity of place. Local architecture, cuisine, heritage, aesthetics and ecology are highlighted as points of interest for visitors, which increases the value of these concepts. To give a real experience to the travellers, local people are employed and trained, local supplies are used.
It is resource sensitive. Environmentally sensitive travellers are informed on conservation issues, such as the protection of local resources, flora and fauna.
It respects local culture and tradition. Foreign visitors learn about and observe local culture and traditions. Local people learn to deal with foreign expectations different from their own.
It does not abuse its product. Travel agencies and other related business branches cooperate to sustain natural habitats, heritage sites, scenic appeal, and local culture.
It strives for quality, not quantity. The success of sustainable tourism is not measured by numbers of visitors, but by the quality of experience and benefit to the locals. Satisfied, excited visitors bring new experience and knowledge back to their countries and send friends off to experience the same, which provides continuing business for the destination and increased awareness of difficulties and problems.
Development tourism and Volunteer Work
SAFARI HUNTERS is involved in a number of projects in various African destinations. We have a unique approach to charity and sustainability, as we try to promote empowerment to local communities.
Poverty can be reversed, but it is a long cultural process that cannot be addressed merely by pumping in new money, building hospitals or deleting the international debts of African countries.
Our projects will obviously not solve the problems of the African continent, but they will create awareness in all our clients and contribute to self-empowerment for the local communities.
Projects include helping in orphanages, teaching in a local schools, working on deprived African suburbs, building and environmental conservation. You will have the satisfaction of being able to make a difference, for yourself, for the people you will talk to and for the African people in need.