Part of the reason we love Tanzania so much is its breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife. We want to share that with our guests, and more importantly, help preserve it for future generations. Environmental responsibility and sustainable travel practices are in Thomson’s DNA:
Leave No Trace
We insist on adherance to Leave No Trace travel ethics, removing all waste on safari and Kilimanjaro treks, using only established trails and routes, and leaving the environment, and wildlife, untouched.
On Kilimanjaro porters and guides are even paid bonuses to clean up after other trekkers. In the last year, this initiative brought down over 400 lbs. of other trekkers’ trash!
Your camps are totally portable, with no fixed ground structures or plumbing. They are moved seasonally to allow the land to recover. They’re lit with solar power throughout, and employ water-saving techniques that ensure they are not harming this fragile environment.
Our Boston office sports an array of 110 solar panels, providing fully one-third of our power. In Tanzania, the trekking office maintains a pesticide-free organic garden that provides food for both employees and guests.
East Africa currently has extremely limited recycling capabilities, but we make sure all our guests’ recyclable waste is collected and sent to one of a very few drop-off points in Tanzania. It takes a little more effort, but we think it’s well worth the trouble to do our part to preserve the stunning landscapes and wildlife populations of Tanzania.
We work with the Green Living Project in an effort to educate individuals and communities on sustainable practices from around the world, with the goal of inspiring people to adopt eco-conscious methods in their own day-to-day lives.