Wild Things does its best to ensure all of its activities are conducted in a responsible manner. We do everything possible to minimise any potential negative economic, environmental or social impacts of our safaris so our clients can enjoy a truly ethical travel experience.
In keeping with the guidelines for Responsible Tourism, your safari in Tanzania will directly generate economic benefits for local people in the areas which you visit and this enhances the well being of the local communities. Many of the communities we visit are typically very low income subsistence farmers. We target these areas as pro-poor tourism can directly benefit them and make big changes in the quality of life a reality.
As a company we provide training opportunities to our staff which they would not otherwise be exposed to. This improves their skill levels and gives them greater career opportunities. All our staff receive fair remuneration, medical benefits reasonable, work hours, and paid leave.
During the construction of our eco-lodge in Udzungwa, Hondo Hondo Tented Camp, we had meetings with the entire village to discuss what benefits development could bring them. They all agreed that we could buy the land (which was previously marginal farm land) and we discussed what could be done by Hondo Hondo to help them develop and improve basic services in the area. Most of the fabrics and other materials used in Hondo Hondo are produced and purchased locally.
We are very involved with the local communities in the areas we work in. Community based tourism implemented by us is currently: helping local schools, providing employment, providing logistical and fund-raising support for the construction of a rural hospital in Tanzania.
Both our safaris and lodge are fully accessible to the physically challenged.
As visitors you can also help by behaving in a responsible manner. You need to be culturally sensitive and respectful (for example ladies should not walk around Stone Town in Zanzibar in a swimming costume or revealing attire). Looking after your environment is a must so it is also very important to set a good example (by not throwing litter or picking wild-flowers etc).
If you have a preference for green tourism you can get involved in one of our tree planting schemes (A Tree For Me) or visit and support one of the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group tree planting projects in the Eastern Arc.
Wild Things supports Responsible Tourism Tanzania, RTTZ and works with several other NGO's, Women's groups and charitable organisations. Please contact us if you want more information on Responsible Tourism in Tanzania.