Thomson Safaris - Green and Socially Responsible Travel
Going on a Safari?11 Green & Socially Responsible Travel Tips to RememberIf you’re planning to go on a safari – congratulations! You’re about to go onthe trip of a lifetime to a beautiful, wondrous place. As you begin makingyour plans, it’s important to keep in mind the fragile ecosystems and variedcultures of the country you’re visiting. These tips will help you follow a moreeco-friendly and responsible path that will not only enhance your enjoyment,but also ensure that future generations enjoy it just as much.Gifts should be given as tokens of appreciation, and not charity.Always consult with your tour operator first to ensure thegesture is appropriate.The first step toward being a responsible and ethical traveler islearning about your destination. There are many books availableto help you learn about the different countries, cultures andlanguages, as well as a wealth of information online. You canalso consult with your tour operator, who has vast amounts ofexperience with the safari destination.CultureLearn About YourDestination1This is a simple, common courtesy. Make sure the people you’dlike to photograph can understand you, and take your time ifthey do not speak English. Refrain from taking photos of peoplefrom your safari vehicle without asking. And, above all, alwaysrespect their wishes.2In some parts of Africa, this is a fascinating cultural difference, aspersonal space is much closer than in the US. However, excessivepublic displays of affection between couples are taboo.46 Be Aware Of DifferentPersonal Space Norms3 Refrain From MakingEmpty Promises5 Wear AppropriateClothingThis infographic is produced by Thomson Safaris, a safari tour operator specializing exclusively in Tanzania wildlife safarisand Mount Kilimanjaro treks. For over 30 years, they have kept their promise to continuously give back to the communitiesof Tanzania through the protection and support of wildlife conservation, eco-friendly practices, and the promotion ofsocially responsible tourism. For more information, visit their website at www.thomsonsafaris.com.EnvironmentShower facilities may not have the plumbing you’re used to inNorth America, and may drain into the soil. So, it is imperativethat you follow this simple rule to do your part in preservingthe landscape.Take only photographs and leave only footprints: do not litter,disturb plant life, or take anything from the wild. If you haveany trash, no matter how small, please dispose of it in a trashreceptacle or gather it in a plastic bag for later disposal.Go Beyond The FootprintsAnd Photographs Rule7Many times, you can recycle packaging, such as cardboard orplastic packaging from batteries, toiletries, etc, in your homecountry while you cannot do so in your destination country.8Many species of flora and fauna are declining in numbersbecause of destruction of their habitats, while others aredeclining due to direct exploitation. It is illegal in the US toimport ivory, many furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins,feathers, or plants. For more information on illegal products,contact TRAFFIC.Many African countries do not yet have recycling programsthat will handle “hazardous” materials such as rechargeablebatteries. There are many resources for properly disposing ofold batteries within North America.10 Bring BiodegradableShampoos And Conditioners9 Keep Any Used BatteriesUntil You Return Home11Do Not Purchase SouvenirsWith Coral, Endangered AnimalProducts, Or Plant LifeTRAFFIC (USA)c/o the World Wildlife Fund1250 24th Street, NWWashington, DC firstname.lastname@example.orgGive Gifts, When Appropriate,With Guidance From YourTour OperatorAsk Before Taking PhotosOf The Local PeopleRemove Any UnneededPackaging From Items YouAre Bringing On SafariIn learning about your destination, find out about the culturesof different areas (such as predominant religions, customs, etc).In many African cities and towns, long pants and at least knee-length shorts or longer skirts and dresses are the norm. Dresscan generally be more relaxed while in national parks on safari.If you are approached by someone who asks for a contributionto one of their projects, a gift, or even correspondence fromNorth America, it’s recommended not to say “yes” or even“maybe” just to be polite. Being clear and direct with “No thankyou” will suffice.