Leaders in Ethical Porter Treatment Standards2018-12-02T17:53:38+00:00
Leaders in Ethical Porter Treatment Standards
A Kilimanjaro climb would not be possible without porters. They are the backbone of all Kilimanjaro expeditions, and historically they have long been exploited by the tourism industry in Tanzania!
In 2008, Nature Discovery was one of the first companies who partnered with the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project (KPAP), and we became the driving force in changing attitudes and practices for porters on Kilimanjaro. Together with KPAP, we have changed the expectations for porters on Kili, by practicing fair working conditions, honesty and transparency. Eight years later, we are the recognized leader in creating and affecting change in revolutionizing how Kilimanjaro porters are chosen, outfitted, treated, paid and tipped.
Our commitment to practicing fair treatment for porters is a top priority, and we are recognized by KPAP as the company who pioneered these changes.
Here are the notable porter treatment practices we commit to on each trek:
We ensure that no bribes are ever paid by porters to get work. We’ve registered all our porters, and we choose them by means of a database which tracks all their work and their performance, and which chooses them in a way that fairly distributes the work. This is unique to ND, and no other company comes close to using this system.
We pay amongst the highest overall porter wages and bonuses, and go to extreme measures to ensure they receive their full salary. Overall, our porters receive one of the the highest compensation packages.
We go to excessive lengths to strictlyuphold weight limits for porter loads (20kg per porter). We carry scales on each trek to ensure that daily, loads are not exceeded, ever.
We have porter welfare officers at the start gates of every trek, to inspect porters and check their gear and ensure that our system of fair porter treatment is truly being practiced in a transparent manner.
On the mountain, we have independent ‘monitoring porters’, assigned and supervised by KPAP, to give us constant feedback on our fair practice systems.
We are the original (and still one of the few) companies who provide matching professional waterproof and windproof raingear to ALL our porters on every trek.
We provide tents with floors and closed-cell sleeping pads for porters who do not have their own. Our porter tents are meticulously designed and fabricated to the highest standards to keep them warm and dry.
We give our porters medical treatment in the event of injury, to the same standard of care as we provide paying trekkers.
We pay porters bonuses for removing waste left on the mountain by other companies.
Hearty meals are provided for our porters. Our porters receive three meals a day. Other companies sometimes only provide their porters with one meal a day.
Private vehicle transport is provided for all porters along with return transport home at the end of each trek. Most companies only hire porters who are ‘available’ at the gate.
We provide wilderness first-aid, language and environmental responsibility training for our porters. We’ve translated Leave No Trace principles into Swahili and have done training with over 600 porters on these important aspects of LNT’s outdoor ethics.
We are committed to these fair practices, and have an experienced, professional, and passionate team of managers, guides and porter welfare officers to ensure that we are ‘on it’. We are widely recognized for these efforts by everyone, including the most important segment of the population – the porters! Because of our commitment to fair practices, we’ve attracted the most reliable, friendly, honest and most dependable porters available.
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 were a phenomenal outfit: professional, knowledgeable and excellent fun. We climbed in a huge group to set a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude football game ever played (Equal Playing Field) but the silent heros and heroines were Nature Discovery crew. Every single individual, from the guides to the porters to the cooks to the sanitary crew made our dreams come true. If you want an ethical, professional, well managed, fun loving outfit, go with Nature Discovery!
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!
Thank you for the most amazing trip with the best bunch of guides and porters you could wish for…
The pictures are now doing the rounds and we are having a big get together at a local pub tomorrow evening to show all the pictures and videos taken and that will be a great evening and you and all of our guides etc will be very much in our thoughts. Our group had Honest, Nastoria, Edward and Laizer as our guides and they were absolutely fantastic. Please, please pass on our huge thanks to them all for their expert advice and encouragement that managed to get us all to the top and this was solely due to their magnificent help. The food was absolutely top class (better than the Lodge!!) and Good Luck a delight as our waiter.
I can’t thank you enough for the experience, something I know that will stay with me forever