At Off the Beaten Path Safaris, we know that our business has an impact on the environment. Taking clients into the bush on safari can have many devastating consequences locally if we are not conscious of this and don’t try to play our part at bettering the environment in which we travel. Being an eco-friendly company is extremely important in the tourism sector.
Some of the ways that we attempt to be eco-friendly, minimizing our impact and/or even improving the environment are as follows:
- All of our office staff and guides live locally – they don’t travel from overseas to manage the company.
- We provide all of our clients with reusable metal drinking containers and try to use 2.5 gallon refillable water jugs whenever possible. Drinking water in Tanzania must be bottled — if we can use less plastic bottles, this is a good thing.
- We have hampers filled with washable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. Our guides clean these items at camp after safari. This way we aren’t throwing out plastic and paper boxes daily. Or we encourage hot lunch at the camps.
- We do not allow single-use plastic bags on safari.
- Garbage in / garbage out: Any refuse that we bring into the park will be brought out of the park and disposed us by our company.
- If we see garbage along our route, our guides will stop and pick it up – making sure the land is even more beautiful for the next group of tourists who pass by.
- Our cars are impeccably maintained and painted a neutral color that blends in to the environment, not disturbing the the appearance of nature nor disturbing the animals.
- Our cars have V8 engines which have lower emissions and harmful exhaust fumes compared to other engines.
- We do not off road haphazardly – we respect the environment and the animals residing there. We pay close attention to where we are driving in order to limit damage.
- When possible we encourage the use of mobile tented camps that have the lowest impact on the environment. When they pack up and move following the migration, they leave no trace behind in the environment. These camps make use of solar powered energy for electricity.