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 is the best agent to secure your Kilimanjaro climbing. Guides like Sam and Philip run the strongest team, always disciplined and caring! Equipment is of highest quality, camp management is in order, incredible eating, perfect information and briefing. A top team spirit; smile on their faces, and, if needed, serious, alert, dedicated. They know the mountain and its challenges! Imagine, two lady-climbers feeling totally safe and perfectly guided by this professional team! We fully recommend Nature Discovery! It was amazing and we will never forget this wonderful journey!
Wendela and MoniqueNetherlands
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.
Thanks for the follow up. The entire trip was amazing and an absolute blast. Attached is my favorite picture at the summit with myself and my guide (Godwin). Honestly – I have nothing critical to say – the entire trip was planned to perfection – Nature Discovery is truly top notch and I can see why you all partner with them. Well worth the premium paid as opposed to going through other guide services. Thanks again for everything