Our Social and Environmental Commitments2018-12-02T17:53:24-07:00
Our Social and Environmental Commitments
As the saying goes, “Not all that glitters is gold.” It’s quite easy to choose a travel operator based solely on their marketing appeal or low prices. A closer look can reveal striking differences in a travel company’s commitments to practicing eco-tourism or CSR (corporate social responsibility). You, as the customer, have an opportunity to choose a company that is committed to practicing eco-tourism and CSR, and in turn showing a positive social and environmental legacy where you travel. Most international travellers these days do care about responsible travel, and they realize what it means to choose the alternative.
By choosing Nature Discovery, you are promoting responsible travel at the highest level. We are leaders in the development of some of the most notable and enduring positive social and environmental impacts on Kilimanjaro and other mountains and wild places in Tanzania, as well as in Arusha where we are based. These positive impacts include the following:
With close collaboration from KPAP (the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project), we have been the catalyst and central protagonist in making ethical porter treatment standards take hold on Mount Kilimanjaro. Our body of work with KPAP has ‘trailblazed’ the way as the leading example of porter treatment standards on Kili. See more about this in the ‘Leaders of ethical porter treatment standards’ section.
We have been instrumental in the establishment and continued development of the Arusha Bicycle Center, a social enterprise opened in August 2015 to promote the growth of the bicycle in Arusha as a means of transport and sport. We’ve already sold over 2,000 bikes in 2016 from the bike center, located next to our office in Arusha. All of the profits of this endeavour go to the growth and development of competitive cycling in Tanzania. We are passionate about social investment, green transport and likewise about the development of competitive sport in Tanzania. Learn more on the ABC Facebook page.
We take training, education and skills development seriously, and we are developing leaders. Our guides and management are trained and certified as Wilderness First Responders, Leave No Trace mentors, and stand-out members of our communities. Our dedication to develop responsible leaders and professionals is well-documented and a daily commitment we make. Our staff are amongt the best-paid in the tourism industry in Tanzania, and they are trained, encouraged, and incentivized to hold themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and leadership.
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.
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 YoungsonUnited Kingdom
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.
My two sons and I just got back from a successful summit climb on Kilimanjaro. We had a fabulous time, with the full support and friendship of our Nature Discovery crew. We were confident we had the highest quality group on the mountain. They were professional, knowledgeable, and experienced. We couldn’t have asked for a better trip!