For the past few months we have been featuring questions and answers about Zimbabwe, this week we have some more! Don’t forget if you have any specific questions about Zimbabwe comment on our blog!
What environmental credentials does your company have – and how would your safaris to Zimbabwe benefit both wildlife & environment and the local communities?
We practice responsible tourism in all aspects of our safaris, TIES (The International Ecotourism Society) defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities (like we do) should follow the following principles:
– Minimize impact
– Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
– Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
– Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
– Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
– Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate
We abide by this concept and make sure that our safaris in Zimbabwe meet the above criteria. All the national parks we visit re-invest back into the park; we buy local produce, stay in locally owned & run camps and lodgings, and we encourage our travellers to buy locally while educating them with knowledge about Zimbabwe – increasing their sensitivity for the area. With the TIES list we are sure that we can help benefit the wildlife, environment and the local communities.
You hear about poverty, killing animals to eat and general wildlife & environmental problems – wouldn’t that make the terrain and animal sightings a problem?
In the past (before 2009) the locals would hunt and eat the smaller game and antelope for survival. This has not happened for over a year since the new political agreement has prompted the shops to be fully stocked with food! The national parks we visit are & were far away from the hunting places of the past and are still stocked with free roaming wildlife.