Since its creation in 2007, East African Voyage has always worked to promote sustainable, responsible and authentic tourism. We believe that our ecological values and our concern to reduce unnecessary waste is fully compatible with our desire to offer services of exceptional quality. In this desire to minimize environmental damage from the tourism industry, we offer reusable water bottles on board all our vehicles. This practice allows us to avoid thousands of plastic bottles that pollute the already fragile ecosystem of a country with precarious waste management capabilities. Our company operates with a service that tries to lower the environmental impact to the minimum.
Our Sustainability Policy
Our mission is towards creating a more sustainable Tanzania while offering our clients the best experience of their lives. We have as little impact on the environment and local communities as possible and aim to be a forerunner in sustainability in Tanzania. We want to inspire others to adopt more environmentally friendly behavior.
Our principles towards a more sustainable Tanzania:
- The tours we conduct have minimum impact on the environment and the local wildlife population. Any impact we bring to the environment is offset via Carbon Tanzania; our sustainability partner.
- We follow the trash in trash out policy in all national parks.
- We treat all employees with respect and give equal rights to men and women.
- We offset all our Kilimanjaro climbs through Carbon Tanzania and proposed it for the safari to the clients
- We are also certified by Travelife, an internationally recognized sustainability certification. We see Travelife as a natural partner in our mission and are very proud to be one of the few East African agencies to receive this certification. The organization demands superior standards for the quality and integrity of its members in their green practices.
Below are some of the organizations and agencies we have partnered and work closely with to ensure that during our safaris and mountain ascents, we observe and take to account our responsibilities to the environment, local society, and morality and fair treatment of those who work for us. All this to ensure that we are active contributors to the positive growth of SUSTAINABLE AND ECO-FRIENDLY tourism in Tanzania.
Conserving Tanzania’s Forests
We are proud partners of Carbon Tanzania, a forest conservation agency, which aims to inspire travelers and tourism agencies in Tanzania to compensate for their carbon footprint resulted from tourism activities.
Carbon emissions from vehicles, energy, aircraft, and industry are adding to the acceleration of climate change with the world’s poor feeling the effects most acutely. Carbon Tanzania works with companies, like us, who are minimizing their impact by measuring their carbon emissions, reducing them and then offsetting the remaining unavoidable emissions.
We offset all the emissions from our Kilimanjaro climbing operations. If you would like to offset the emissions from your Safari please contact us. Offset payments flow directly to the forest communities who protect their forest. Carbon Tanzania is Tanzania’s leading supplier of forest carbon offsets that are certified by international third-party, verification organizations.
Carbon Tanzania is able to link carbon offsets with conservation through their method of generating these offsets. When threatened forests are cut down they release their stored carbon. By protecting threatened forests from deforestation the trees are able to continue to capture and store carbon, it is this stored carbon that is measured as a carbon offset. Carbon Tanzania works with indigenous communities to protect their forest and its wildlife. The communities earn an income when the offsets are sold which is used to provide community services and fund development projects as determined by the community. This translates to offset revenue building a thriving community and a healthy forest for both Tanzania and the global community.
Founded in 2007 by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), the Dutch National Association of Travel Agencies ANVR, with the support of Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), Lund University (Sweden) and ECEAT-projects, Travelife Sustainability System is an initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable practices within the travel and tourism industry.
Certification is based on the following standards and guidelines:
• EMAS III: The
EU Environmental Management and Audit Scheme.
• ISO 14001: Environmental Management
• UNEP: Logistics Circuits Management Manuals by TOI – Tour Operator’s
• GRI: Tourism Supplement of the Global Reporting Initiative
• GSTC: Global Criteria for Sustainable Tourism
• OECD: Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
• ISO 26000: Guidelines & Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility
It is with great pride that we announce the new Travelife certification that East African Voyage has received for our noted sustainable and ecological practices in our tourism activities. We view Travelife as a natural partner in our mission and are very proud to be one of the few East African agencies to receive this certification. The organization demands superior standards for the quality and integrity of its members in their green practices. We, therefore, consider this certification a privilege.
Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project
Founded in 2003, the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project (KPAP) is an initiative whose mission is to improve the working conditions of porters on Kilimanjaro and to promote socially responsible climbs on Kilimanjaro.
East African Voyage works closely with KPAP to ensure that our porters are properly treated and they work on fair and moral conditions. As the Partner for Responsible Travel Program, EAV is well recognized for treating well its mountain teams as opposed to many other companies who offer mountain ascents.
International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC)
East African Voyage is a partner of International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), which aims to minimize the impact of tourism on Kilimanjaro. This NGO runs several projects, including the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project. It also informs climbers about the fair treatment of porters and encourages them to choose a socially responsible travel agency.
Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators (TATO)
East African Voyage is part of the Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators (TATO). This association represents more than 256 tour operators in Tanzania. It is responsible for maintaining good quality and high standards among its members.