Nature Discovery is committed to making a positive impact and positive social and environmental legacy where we operate. Tanzania is our home and we’re dedicated to improving it; for the environment, for local people and for our employees, by developing protocols and practices which are outlined by the UNCTAD’s sustainable development goals.
We received the UNCTAD award presented by Responsible Tourism Tanzania for “Most Responsible Tour Operator in Tanzania” for the years 2018 and 2019, and we are totally committed to promoting responsible travel at the highest level.
We Focus on the Following Sustainable Tourism Objectives and Protocols:
Limiting our environmental impact and maximizing our positive impact on our communities by:
- Reducing our carbon impact, In late 2018 we were awarded by Carbon Tanzania as ‘elite offsetters’; not only due to our commitment to offsetting our carbon inputs but also to reducing our environmental impacts. One good example of this is our 2019 initiative to eliminate single-use plastics from our waste stream, but also to recycle all our company’s plastic waste with a local partner in Arusha called Dunia Designs.
- Following Travelife sustainability standards, We were awarded a merit-based partnership status with Travelife in November 2018. These broad-based sustainability standards are the nuts and bolts of responsible business.
- Using local resources sustainably and practicing Leave No Trace (LNT) environmental ethics, to minimize our environmental impacts
- Reducing the burden of plastic pollution by collecting and recycling all plastic consumed by our business, and employing a zero plastic water-bottle policy.
Developing ethical porter treatments standards on Mount Kilimanjaro, in our leading role and longtime partnership with KPAP, so that porters enjoy fair and transparent working conditions, treatment and pay. In the process, we influence others to follow. Find out more about our Ethical Porter Treatment Standards here.
Read this article by Anne de Jong (co-founder of Good Tourism Institute) about ethical Kilimanjaro climbs and the story of Nature Discovery.
Supporting the growth of green transport, and competitive sports development, as well as youth and women’s skills development, and healthy lifestyles, by assisting in developing the Arusha Bicycle Centre (ABC), a community-based social enterprise. As of January 2020, they have sold over 10,000 bicycles in Arusha, and in July 2019 a Moshi branch of ABC opened. Not only is ABC influencing the rapid growth of green transport in Arusha and Moshi, but it supports a youth cycling academy, drawing hundreds of local youth every week for coaching and mentoring, and learning important life skills.
Practicing cultural tourism with integrity – with our unique trekking programs which share traditional Maasai culture in an authentic and respectful way, and give benefits to the communities we visit.
Leadership – We take training, education, and skills training seriously, and we are committed to developing leaders. Our mountain guides and top management are all trained and certified as Wilderness First Responders, Leave No Trace mentors and stand-out members of our communities. We are dedicated to developing responsible leaders and professionals.
Female empowerment in a male-dominated field on Kilimanjaro. We are continually looking for women to empower by training them as porters and personal porters on our Kilimanjaro treks. As we are fully behind growth from within, we are training women to become waiters and guides, and we have 2 ex-porters qualifying as guides later in 2023.