Responsible Travel & Tourism

WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL?

Responsible travel implements practices that are respectful of natural and social-cultural environments and contributes to local economic development. Responsible travel raises awareness about a traveler’s own impacts on the environment.

Our Responsible Travel Policy

Our guides and employees deeply respect and care for the wonderful places we visit. Our goal isn’t simply to be one of the most environmentally responsible tour operators in the world, but to continually raise the bar and challenge other companies to raise their standards as well. We consistently implement the following responsible travel ideals and practices:

  • We believe in supporting the local communities in the regions to which we travel, and actively engage with and create programs to foster sustainable, authentic preservation of those communities.,
  • We respect the natural environment, and to ensure minimal impact, we use responsible leadership and maintain small groups. We follow expertly designed on-the-ground practices.
  • We prepare travelers for each encounter with local cultures, plants, and animals, while teaching environmentally– and culturally–sensitive ways of enjoying our travel experience.
  • Staff members personally encourage and actively support awareness, deeper appreciation, and preservation of our rivers and natural ecosystems. Our trips emphasize heightened attentiveness to human impact on the environment.
  • We contribute to the conservation of visited regions with voluntary donations, fundraising efforts and permit fees.
  • We provide competitive, local employment in all aspects of business operations and participate in recycling programs both on and off the water.
  • We work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.

Don’t just see the world. Make it better.

Planet Earth is an amazing place, but it’s far from perfect. It’s social and environmental welfare is fundamentally important to us – not just as a business, but as human beings, too. When you travel with us, you’re giving back as much – if not more – than what you take away, often in ways you’d never expect.

Leave No Trace

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.. Through targeted education and outreach, its mission is to ensure the long-term health of our natural world while maintaining sustainable recreation in nature. We have Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, encouraging travellers to take only photos and leave only footprints.

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimise Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife and local culture
  • Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors.


One of the joys of travelling is the spectacular variety of wild plants and sea shells you will see. These should remain in their natural environment, so avoid picking any. It is also illegal to import some plant species.

Animal Welfare

Be an animal-friendly traveller. We believe that tourism can be a means for positive animal experiences; however, where such experiences are not carefully managed or do not exhibit high welfare standards there is potential to jeopardize animal welfare, the well-being of the local community, or the travellers’ safety. We oppose and discourages practices that are illegal and those that have a negative impact on animal protection and welfare. We also prohibit activities where travellers come into direct contact with animals meant for the wild, particularly where animals are touched or fed by visitors or are used as props for photo opportunities. We do not condone tourist activities that are unnatural to wildlife or endanger animals such as elephant or ostrich riding, unlicensed zoos, snake charming or any sanctuary that practices breeding for commercial trade.

10 Steps to Being an Animal-Friendly Traveller

  • The best animal encounter is a wild one. View animals in their natural habitat exhibiting natural behaviours and do not initiate contact with them.
  • Do not purchase souvenirs made from wild animals such as fur, ivory, shells, seahorses, teeth, rhino horns and turtle shells.
  • Do not attend festivals or attractions that subject animals to cruelty for entertainment such as animal circuses, dancing bears, dog or cockerel fights, running of the bulls and any festival that causes suffering to animals.
  • Don’t take a wildlife selfie if … the animal is being held, hugged, or restrained, if you are baiting the animal with food or if the animal could harm you.
  • Before riding on the back of a horse, mule or donkey, match your size to that of the animal and ensure that your weight is evenly balanced when riding.
  • Only visit and support animal sanctuaries and shelters involving wild animals in captivity if the objectives of the organization are in the animals’ best interests (e.g. re-homing, rehabilitation or release into the wild).
  • Speak up! If you see an animal in distress, please tell your guide. Make a note of the date, time and location as well as the type and number of animals involved. Take photos and/or videos as proof. Alternatively, if you see an animal that is well looked after offer praise to the owner and tell him/her why you have chosen to give them your business.