Responsible Tourism2018-12-02T17:49:03-07:00

Responsible Tourism

We live in and love Tanzania, so we’re constantly seeking ways not only to improve our services but also to lead the way in social and environmental responsibility. As recognized leaders in the field of Responsible Tourism, we practice what we preach and abide by five core values:

  • Leave No Trace environmental ethics – Leave no trace is a motto we take seriously; all our guides and core crew are trained on the Leave No Trace principles. Whether it’s on Kilimanjaro, or in a remote area of the Serengeti, we go to lengths far beyond other companies to ensure the integrity of the places we visit.
  • Ethical Porter Treatment Standards – We were the first company to partner with the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project (KPAP) in 2008, and quickly we became the driving force in changing attitudes and practices. Our Kilimanjaro porters enjoy fair working conditions, treatment, and pay. Find out more about our Ethical Porter Treatment Standards here.
  • Environmental Stewardship – We spend a bit more to offset our carbon, train our staff in sustainability practices, buy sustainable charcoal made from discarded coconut husks and recycle our waste. We seek creative ways to protect our environment and be eco-friendly while maintaining high levels of comfort for our guests.
  • Social Responsibility – We’re committed to improving the lives of the Tanzanians we employ, work with and share our communities with. As well as being a recognized leader in Ethical Porter Treatment Standards, we work to promote women into leadership positions and contribute to community development projects in the areas where we live and work. For example, we’ve taken a leadership role in the development of a community social enterprise called the Arusha Bicycle Center in Arusha. This is helping to transform our village into a cycling haven and promote the growth of competitive cycling in Tanzania.
  • Making a Positive Impact – We aim to make a positive impact in every endeavour and everywhere we adventure. Tanzania is our home and we’re dedicated to improving it. Some call it ‘creating good karma’. We just call it ‘doing our part’ in the name of making a positive impact.

Find out more about our Ethical Porter Treatment Standards or Social and Environmental Commitments.

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Nature Discovery officially obtained the Travelife Partner award in October 2018 in recognition of our leading role and long-term efforts in sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Best Responsible Guide Company 2019

Nature Discovery was very efficient at organising my trek, I dealt directly with them rather than a travel agent. Whilst on the trek, the team of guides and porters were professional, knowledgeable and enjoyable to spend time with. An amazing experience all round. Thank you.

Lisa Huitson Australia

Wow, what a great experience! The final walk up the summit ridge was a just an amazing feeling and luckily, weather conditions on the top cleared up after starting from School Hut in lightly falling snow.

Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. We just couldn’t fault it! We really liked the team approach across porters and guiding staff.  I know that these things don’t just happen and you should be proud of your staff and their efforts. Would I recommend a Nature Discovery Kili trek to friends and family – absolutely! That to me is always the test after completing something like this.

Your advice as to the Shira Plateau route was spot on. Excellent to get the necessary acclimatization time in and nobody suffered from altitude sickness. Having experience that at Everest Base Camp, I was very pleased (and relieved) to come through unscathed this time.

Some specific comments:

Hire gear was great.

Food was exceptional, both as to variety, quality and quantity. Our chef, Felisiana August was superb and turned out meals of a consistently high standard. Both the menu design was excellent and we were continually surprised as our waiter Good Luck announced each evening what we were having.

Guide team: Onest Mtui is the sort of person you just trust and respect. Quietly spoken, very knowledgeable, and as we headed up the mountain on summit day with the ground covered in snow, you just knew that he was right on top of his game. Excellent man and we all really enjoyed his company.

Assistant guide William Bwenje is someone that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to promote new head guides. Both Michael and I were impressed with his depth and maturity. He anticipated problems, worked with people who needed assistance, demonstrated really good leadership qualities and has a very good grasp of English. The overall caliber of your people on our trek was just superb.

So in summary, I must compliment you and all the team on a job well done.

Ian Walker UK

Nature Discovery are simply phenomenal. Without their superb planning, attention to detail, and the expertise of the guides we wouldn’t have been able to even attempt the World Record. (World’s Highest Football Match ) We cannot recommend the team highly enough and you can trust Ailsa, Thomas, MC and the team completely for your amazing adventures.

Laura Youngson United Kingdom

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Check out some of the a list of organizations whom we partner with in our commitment to practising sustainable tourism:

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you.

Leave No Trace

Our Mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly.ur project so it stands out to the world.

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KPAP recognize the value of the demanding labor these porters perform.


Our Mission is to improve the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro.

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Carbon Tanzania

Carbon Tanzania is a unique social enterprise founded by true conservationists.

Carbon Tanzania

Carbon Tanzania link Tanzania’s threatened forests and their communities with the international carbon market.

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