Freitag, 31. Mai 2019

GREEN TRAVEL


Travel is good for the soul…but you know what’s even better? Travelling responsibly,   otherwise known as green travel!

So what is it? Green travel is simply travelling with the environment, wildlife and the local communities in mind, being eco-conscious and ethical about your holiday while having an amazing time! Is it possible? Yes, and easy too! Here are a few things you can start to do;

Might seem obvious, but reduce or better yet, refuse single use plastic as much as you can. Carry a reusable shopping tote for all your retail therapy, say no to straws every chance you get and carry your own refillable water bottle…most countries don’t have adequate recycling, so whatever plastic you bring probably ends up in a landfill. We choose to recycle our guest’s water bottles with Mister Green Kenya, to ensure we do our part to fight plastic pollution.

Limit your carbon footprint. If possible, book group excursions and safari’s, one car is a lot better than several. You’ll be helping the environment and you might make some life-long friends! We take things a step further and provide seedballs from Seedballs Kenya, to all our guests so they can contribute to reforestation even while on safari! Another great tip is to try as much as possible to eat the local food and what’s in season. Specialty items usually have to be flown in, increasing their carbon footprint. Besides, part of travel is the cuisine, delve in and try new things! 


Following that point, eating local, shopping local etc. also greatly contributes to uplifting livelihoods. Whenever you choose local goods and services, you’re supporting individuals and communities to be self-sustaining. We work with a number of community owned lodges that support local communities and projects, as well as gifting each of our guests a WAPI? Box that showcases and supports the work of local artisans. And why not? Artisanal products are beautifully handmade and often one of a kind!

Ooh, this one’s an important one. Don’t buy anything made from endangered animals or plants, it’ll support and even promote the trade in these natural treasures. So however beautiful, stay away. More so on animal welfare, don’t participate in tours where you’re not sure how the animals are treated. Posing for pictures or playing with seemingly docile wild animals probably means those animals were trained and often not in a nice way. Instead, we organize visits to conservancies, animal rescue centers or orphanages if you want to get up close and personal. Or opt for game drives in the wild, where you can experience the thrill of wildlife and nature where it belongs!

Our last tip? Be mindful of delicate ecosystems. We work with a number of eco-rated lodges, who ensure a beautiful holiday while caring for the environment. Enjoy a surreal snorkeling adventure, but make sure not to damage the coral, take a hike up a breathtaking mountain but be careful to stay on trail, don’t feed the animals, or climb on fragile natural formations… Basically, leave it how you found it.

Green travel is the best of both worlds, isn’t it? We get to go on adventures, travel the world and have a ton of good times while doing good at the same time! Come adventure with us, we’ll take your travels green.




Donnerstag, 9. Mai 2019

BEACH VS SAFARI…WHICH HOLIDAY IS PERFECT FOR YOU?


Beach holiday or safari? Too many options? Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect holiday for you!

If you’re dreaming of sand between your toes and the sound of waves lapping on the shore, if you’re in the mood to snooze under palm trees, tan and smell the ocean breeze, a beach holiday may be just what you’re looking for! Sea-side holidays are easy and relaxing, with more likelihood of lazy days spent watching the waves, long strolls on the beach and not many taxing activities. The ocean front provides tranquility, there’s just something about the coast that slows things down, whether you put it down to the heat and humidity or that quintessential ‘island time’ vibe; there’s no hurry by the sea. 

A beach holiday is serenity, but it’s also very much a cultural experience, from the food to the locals and the coast’s rich history. Explore the ancient 12th century Gede ruins, hit up the popular Fort Jesus that dates back to 1593, indulge in the delicious Swahili recipes with their flavourful spices, shop handmade trinkets and take a trip to the Old Town where you can mingle with friendly locals and admire the historical architecture. But to all the adrenaline junkies out there, worry not! You can definitely find exciting activities to do if you’re in the mood, from sky-diving, jet-skiing, kite-surfing, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins…the list goes on. All in all, a beach holiday is rejuvenating, refreshing and leisurely.

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If however, you’re craving an African adventure, a thrill and a ton of activity…head on a Safari! Safari holidays can be about taking it easy, but you’re more likely to do, do, do and go, go, go…from sunrise to view the game and back at sunset again. Safari holidays tend to be a full itinerary, to get the most out of them. They’re packed with early morning and late evening game drives, hikes, bird-watching, stalking wildlife at watering holes; and through it all you need to remain alert, for you never know which animal you might spot. 

There’s also a lot of different scenery to choose from on Safari, from mountain ranges like the Aberdares, to expansive savannah grasslands that stretch to the horizons in the Maasai Mara, hills, valleys and even deserts! Spend your days chasing down the big five and seeing natural wonders, then spend cozy nights around bonfires under the canopy of stars. We have to add, the sunrises and sunsets on the African plains are spectacular, fiery reds, oranges and pinks that will steal your heart. For those looking for a bit of quiet, there’s an element of serenity here too, what with the total silence on the savannahs except for the sounds of the howling wind…and the animals of course.

So what does your perfect holiday look like? Still can’t decide? Well, do them both! We’ll take you on Safari, then we’ll take you to the sea. Come adventure with us!