We think that doing safaris responsibly and sustainably is all about doing right by the things that you love. Strengthening ties to nearby communities and supporting local economies provides long-term assurance that the ecosystems will prosper. And so our partners promote scholarship funds and micro-financing for villagers in need, engage children in on-site day camps, and coordinate local clean-up and conservation projects.
There's no denying the impact of traveling as one of the best forms of education, but sadly, it is not without its consequences. Adverse effects such as the influx of visitors putting a strain on resources, use of fossil fuel to facilitate travel and the steadying rise in carbon footprints have not gone unnoticed. That's why sustainable safari is essential now more than ever.
National Geographic outlines the three pillars of sustainable travel as:
Environmental: Upholding the eco-friendly practices of Reduce! Reuse! And Recycle!
Cultural and Natural: Saving endangered species and restoring historic buildings to preserve their heritage
Socio-economic: Supporting host communities, the local economy, and advocating fair wages to local employees
What is a Sustainable Safari?
It means that travelers and tour operators like Penwell conscientiously find new ways to ensure a travel experience that strikes a balance between satisfying our wanderlust and contributing to the wellbeing of the planet. This way, those that come after us can have something to look forward to when they visit the beautiful safaris across Africa.
4 ways Penwell makes safari more sustainable:
1. Group Safari
Group joining plays a significant role in promoting a sustainable safari because it allows all parties involved to travel together and reduce the emission of carbon dioxide that would normally ensue from a series of solo travels.
2. Eco-friendly Accommodation
We vet all of our accommodations to ensure that they are doing right by our planet including: supplying locally grown food, employing people native to the area, and ensuring the protection of the environment and animals that surround them.
3. Patronize Local Tour Operators
Patronizing local tour operators is vital for sustainability since it ultimately supports the local community and helps grow their economy. Penwell hand-picks local tour guides who are more familiar with the terrain, allowing for a more intimate and authentic safari experience, while contributing to the local economy.
4. Get to Know the Culture
Cultivate caring by getting to know another culture. Take a step into the world of the Maasai — one of more than 100 tribes living in Kenya and Tanzania — by visiting a remote village on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Learn about their way of life, centered around the importance of community and coexistence with nature. Great lessons that will extend far beyond your safari experience.
The responsibility of traveling through Africa’s safaris sustainably lies with every individual. We must understand that while traveling around the world is fun, and we should also make a conscious decision to be more responsible with the planet’s limited resources. Make that decision today by traveling with Penwell.