Sustainability and responsibility to the environment
Since our creation in 1996, Remote Safari Company is aware of the impacts of tourism on nature- and cultural sites we visit. We have the policy to make on our trips use of as many local products, organisations, and locally owned accommodations as possible to support the communities. Within the boundaries of a National Park and/or Game Reserve we will follow their rules to respect the wildlife. We aim to minimalize environmental damage by reducing waste.
Our mission and sustainability policy
Our mission is offering our guests an in-depth experience in the remote areas of Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique, and make them acquainted with not only the amazing wildlife and landscapes, but also East Africa’s cultural diversity. We aim to create them a unique and memorable adventure, while contributing at the same time to the sustainability of the 3 countries, in terms of environment, endangered wildlife, protected areas and threatened communities. Responsible tourism should not only benefit our guests and our company, but above all the wonderful people of East Africa.
How we do this….
Limiting our environmental impact
- We only conduct tours for individuals or small groups up to 7 persons, avoiding major impact on the environment when travelling in larger numbers
- We reduce our carbon footprint by offsetting our carbon input through the Yaeda Valley Project of Carbon Tanzania, and encourage our guests to participate in this
- We follow the trash in trash out policy in all national parks
- We reduce plastic pollution by providing our guests re-usable water bottles to be filled from a water reservoir on board of our vehicles, as well as locally handcrafted lunchboxes from banana leaves
- We interact with wildlife in the appropriate way, we follow the rules of the national parks and reserves, do not do any off roading, nor touching or riding the animals
- We monitor our accommodations and suppliers in terms of their environmental policy, such as the use of solar power, waste management, water filtering and produce of own food
Maximising our positive impact on the communities
- We prefer small-scale, locally owned accommodations to make sure that the money reaches to locals instead of the international hotel chains
- Where possible, we book community-based or community-driven accommodations
- We include “Meet the local” activities in our itineraries, so that guests get to know the local way of life and we give back to the communities through their visit. We honour local customs and immerse our guests in the local culture in a respectful way
- We encourage our guests to purchase local made products and souvenirs to a fair price, and when we eat out, we eat local
- We train our guides in sustainable tourism, best practices, and intercultural skills so they can integrate their guests into the authentic culture of their homeland
Morality and fair treatment of our employees
- We treat all employees with respect and give equal rights to men and women
- We offer attractive salary packages and social security, as well as generous compensation on top of their monthly salary for nights that are spent on safari and away from their family
- We organize regular training for our staff to keep their skills and knowledge at the highest possible expectation. As well as training, we have regular staff meetings to focus on customer service and how to provide a more unique experience to our clients
Remote Safari Company works with Carbon Tanzania, a forest conservation business that aims to inspire travellers and the travel industry to consider the carbon impact of their safari on both the local and global environment.
Carbon emissions from vehicles, energy, aircraft and industry are adding to the acceleration of climate change with the world’s poor feeling the effects most acutely. Carbon Tanzania works with companies, like us, who are minimising their impact by measuring their carbon emissions, reducing them and then offsetting the remaining unavoidable emissions. The emissions generated from your safari vehicle have been offset with the offset payment flowing directly to the forest communities who protect their forest.
Carbon Tanzania is Tanzania’s leading supplier of high quality, forest carbon offsets that are certified by international third party, verification organisations.
Carbon Tanzania is able to link carbon offsets with conservation through their method of generating these offsets. When threatened forests are cut down they release their stored carbon. By protecting threated forests from deforestation the trees are able to continue to capture and store carbon, it is this stored carbon that is measured as a carbon offset. Carbon Tanzania works with indigenous communities to protect their forest and its wildlife. The communities earn an income when the offsets are sold which is used to provide community services and fund development projects as determined by the community. This translates to offset revenue building a thriving community and a healthy forest for both Tanzania and the global community.