Our mission is to bring our visitors into close contact with the local people and their lifestyle in order to give them both the opportunity to learn from each other in a friendly, respectful way. Our tourism activities are therefore small scale and personal, with respect for local lifestyle and traditions.
We also use National Park accommodation inside the National Parks, this means we can spend all our time on making sure your trip is perfect and do not waste your time by trying to manage a lodge and your safari at the same time. It also means that you will start your day inside the National Parks and not having to wait in line to enter from outside.
We are proud of our country, culture and people. We feel responsible to contribute to local communities with our tourism activities, for example in the Maasai villages. We are happy to expand this contribution even further with the realization of the Umoja village in Samburu which is a must see for tourists visiting the area.
SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PRACTICES
Our sustainable travel practices and commitment to support local communities at every level of the operation continues to underpin the way in which we create our innovative adventure itineraries. The natural environments that we travel to are fragile and abundant with precious culture and traditions that are often reliant on tourism. We have a responsibility as visitors to minimize the impact of our presence, protect what is delicate and where we can, leave a positive influence. Creating genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices. By integrating these practices into our in-country operations we’re aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place.
From selecting our campsites, ensuring a Leave No Trace policy, removing litter through our 10 Pieces Litter Collection initiative, supporting our porters and mule drivers and giving back to local communities through our Community Project Travel program, Explovaganza Tours is committed to true sustainable travel. Responsible travel practice is at the heart of every program we offer as a fundamental and long held philosophy. When you book one of our adventures, you’re supporting true sustainability in the protection of local communities, natural environments and wildlife. You will receive quality services at the best prices with plenty of inclusions. There are no hidden costs, single travelers don’t pay more and you’ll enjoy many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your holiday is excellent value for money.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PRACTICES
- We customize itineraries routed around preferred locations that have lodges and hotels following the principals of better, responsible tourism, and where they also work with the local communities.
- We prefer to use establishments that have good practices in water usage and waste management; conserving and using renewable energy sources
- Prevent pollution and environment damage where possible, also advocate for garbage separation.
- Work with conservation organizations that support environmental, community and Wildlife protection.
- Driver/guide sensitization due to consideration of the animals, the environment on game drives, roads and cross-country traversing.
- Obey all game laws and regulations, and respect the fact that your guide is bound by these.
- Don’t approach the animals too closely, or encourage your driver to do so.
- To minimize disturbance to the animals, don’t make too much noise during game drives.
- Never give food to any animal in the wild.
- Aim to leave the environment as you found it. Don’t litter.
- Buy locally crafted souvenirs.
- Do not buy, or trade for, any articles, which are covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) including ivory, turtle products, rhino horn, furs, butterflies and many plant species.
- Do not pick plants and flowers.
- Do not give sweets, pens etc. to children on the street as it can encourage begging. It is better to give through a local organization or school. We have Philanthropic programs at your discretion.
- As a courtesy, ask before you take a picture of someone.
- Child prostitution is illegal and should be reported immediately.
By its very nature, a lodge or hotel attracts negative impacts on its location and its close area, so it is important to balance this by working with the local community, providing employment and community improvement in education, health, livelihoods and activities like re afforestation etc.
Our values are ingrained in the culture of our business and in the design of our trips. We respect the people, cultures and local environments that we encounter while travelling and encourage the spread of good will and cross-cultural sharing. We are committed to making a positive contribution wherever possible.
Philanthropy means the love of humanity. An idea or an action that is done to better humanity and usually involves some sacrifice as opposed to being done for a profit motive. At Explovaganza we highly advocate for Philanthropic efforts that promote a humane culture among the tourists and the existing community. Philanthropy is acting and changing for a better world. Its purpose is to improve the wellbeing of humankind by preventing and solving social problems.
We believe tourism can be used to not only drive peace in our world but as well as promote true humanity. Unfortunately, The world we are living in has become driven by self-ambition and personal goals that leave little to no room for philanthropic efforts such that when an act of kindness is done it gets so much publicity yet it is the human thing to do. We all have different capacities and we can help people at the point where we are. It is not for us to showcase to the world unless as an effort to garner more support.
As such, at Explovaganza Tours we can incorporate philanthropic programs or activities in between your visit to Kenya but we highly recommend the highest level of discretion in particular visits e.g. Orphanage visits (No unauthorized photography).