Over the years travelers have become more aware of the importance of responsible and sustainable tourism. Unfortunately, many companies have taken advantage of this concept and participated in what is known as ‘Greenwashing’, claiming to have a positive impact and give back to people, places, and the planet when in fact they are not.
Tanzania is one of the more expensive African safari destinations, due to many external factors, including higher operational costs than most destinations. As you will have realized it’s very competitive and there are lots of choices. But buyer beware, oftentimes lower-priced trips, both here and anywhere in the world, usually mean something is being sacrificed. It’s could service standards, safety, or comfort, but it’s usually the local workers who will suffer the most.
We believe in total transparency to our clients, our teams, and our communities, and would like to share with you what makes traveling with Explore Green Africa Safaris different from many other companies.
We are 100% Tanzanian For over a decade we have employed local Tanzanians and their families, We are committed to equality and the protection of human rights. We offer the highest standards of fair and ethical treatment for Kilimanjaro mountain crew, Support for local families and grassroots projects through our volunteering program.
Every traveler, every itinerary, has an opportunity to drive economic empowerment in our communities. This means supporting local businesses, boosting employment, and ensuring that your money has a positive impact on the communities you visit.
We support accommodations, food venues, and experiences that follow sustainable practices Through our membership with Carbon Tanzania, we utilize their measurement tools to reduce and offset both our own and our client’s carbon footprint We are committed to multiple solutions to reduce and eliminate the use of single-use plastic bottles Our guides and mountain crew are certified by the Leave No Trace environmental awareness project We maintain strict waste management protocols on both mountain and safari trips We support Responsible Tourism Tanzania and adhere to its best practices
Whilst we don’t have all the answers and recognize this is a philosophy and process that continues to evolve, we are committed to giving back and to remaining industry leaders here in East Africa, on the continent, and within the global tourism industry.
Ever thought of volunteering in Africa? Of immersing yourself in the lifestyle and culture, whilst assisting the local community?
Explore Green Africa Safaris operates a local volunteering hostel,Osotwa Masai Hostel . The hostel was opened with the belief that if you want to volunteer, you shouldn't have to pay a high price for the experience. Accommodation costs are kept to a minimum, ensuring volunteering remains affordable. This is a fantastic way to get involved with supporting the community at a grassroots level, promising an experience that will stay with you forever.
Osotwa Masai Hostel
The cost of staying at Osotwa Masai Hostel is between USD$19 to $21 per night, which includes accommodation, breakfast, dinner, laundry and local taxes. The volunteering aspect is free, as it should be!
Volunteers have the opportunity to work at women's groups, centers for children with disabilities, orphanages, non-government schools, hospitals, vocational training centers, community development projects, and environmental conservation projects. There is a minimum one month stay, to ensure that all volunteers are truly valuable to the project they work in. Longer stays are very welcome. Internships are also available.
Combine your volunteering with a vast array of incredible Tanzanian activities that lay within easy reach. On weekends, or before and/or after your volunteering, you will find fellow volunteers going on safari, climbing Kilimanjaro, traveling to Zanzibar, or doing one of many day trips in the local vicinity. A ready-made group of friends to enjoy traveling with!
Volunteering in Africa is an amazing experience and allows you to get a great feel for the country and the local people. It can be life-changing!