Sustainable Travel and Tourism
Sustainable tourism is the way forward, and we support and respect responsible tourism.
What is Sustainable and Responsible Tourism?
Expressed simply, sustainable tourism can be defined as: "Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”.
If the wildlife of Africa is to survive for future generations to enjoy, it must be considered by the local people to have value. In some of the poorest places on earth, where mere survival is a continual reality, this value will be judged not in romantic terms, but purely in financial worth. Quite simply, wild animals must pay their way. Safari tourism plays a hugely important role in helping to preserve Africa’s wild habitats and creatures. Without tourists, the game will quickly disappear. However, tourism needs to be properly managed, benefit the local communities and impact on the environment as little as possible.
What does UNIGLOBE Lets Go Travel do toward this goal?
We customise 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 practises in water usage and waste management; conserving and using renewable energy sources; driver/guide sensitisation to due consideration of the animals, the environment on game drives, roads and cross country traversing.
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..
As a guide we use the Ecotourism Kenya rated establishments through their rigorous rating system of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
In some of our itineraries we have a type of product we call "Happy Projects". This product not only ensures that you stay in sustainable accommodation and destinations but also gives the tourist an opportunity to be involved in some humanitarian activities organised by an organisation in Kenya.
What can you, as a tourist, do?
Be particular in your choice of Safari, holiday and business trip accommodation. Choose the type of Safari or Holiday that promotes such destinations, lodges and hotels.
Subscribe to our Travellers Philanthropy payments taken into consideration at the time of quoting for your holiday/safari.
On a bigger scale donate or start an ongoing project with the community around education, health, better livelihoods, environment - piping of water or tree planting (and nurturing to a level of maturity).
Visit Happy Projects and give time, financial support and company/pleasure to the individuals, to help uplift their belonging in society, and giving direction and hope.
Guide lines for good practice when on Safari:-
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 minimise 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 organisation or school.
As a courtesy, ask before you take a picture of someone.
Child prostitution is illegal and should be reported immediately.
UNIGLOBE Letsgo Travels Sustainability policy states that:
Uniglobe Lets Go Travel is committed to prevent and reduce environmental impacts.
We are fully aware of our global role in the conservation of our environment and our communities. We understand and comply with all the relevant legal requirements and ensure that all social and humanitarian objectives by law are observed.
We are dedicated to continually improve on sustainability performance and with full assurance of participation and adherence to the policy by all our staff.
Uniglobe Lets Go Travel aims to:
Reduce the consumption of primary raw materials (including fossil fuels, water and energy). We stress on the importance of switching off all electrical lights and equipment.
Encourage sustainable practices by staff, travel partners such as hotels and airlines and our clients.
Encourage and demonstrate sustainable approaches to the built environment in our refurbishment and maintenance projects.
Minimise waste production and divert it from landfill through increasing the re-use, recycling and recovery plan.
Consider sustainability in the procurement of goods and services, as well as encourage bulk buying.
Prevent pollution and environment damage where possible, also advocate for garbage separation.
Work with conservation organisations that support environmental, community and Wildlife protection.
We strongly advocate for green commuting telecommuting, carpooling, taking mass transit and human-powered commuting.
We advocate for the use of green materials such as biodegradable soaps.
We have four pillars for our sustainability development agenda. These are Conservation, Education, Community tourism and Livelihood. We use these four pillars as the foundation for all our sustainability and CSR projects.
Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel is a 2014 winner of The Eco-Warrior Award in Tour Operator category of the year and a 2015 finalist. Eco-warrior Award is a Kenyan Tourism Award that recognises and celebrates outstanding contribution to ecotourism practice in Kenya. It is aimed at motivating winning ventures, operations and industry at large to embrace practices that are ecologically and ethically sustainable in order to compete with the best in the world.
We are also Travelife engaged, being 1 of 4 tour operators piloting the Travelife certification process for tour operators and hope to attain certification soon.
For more information about our Sustainability projects, please contact Angela Njehia our sustainability coordinator. Tel: +254 20 5293224