The excitement of the annual Wildebeest migration after months of dreaming and planning for it has you briskly passing through Kenya’s frenetic capital for the ultimate destination.
Of course, the holiday will pay off, as it usually does.
If you’re into watching hundreds of wildebeest spilling over the croc-filled Mara River, or herds of elephants in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, or better still, lionesses stalking dusty savannah, then you won’t be disappointed – whether you’re looking to go on a luxury honeymoon, rough it on a camping safari or find family-friendly animal encounters.
But there is more to holidays in Kenya than getting out into the bush.
And if you’re feeling inspired to leave a positive impact on your next trip, there are plenty of ways to become a more conscientious traveler.
Prioritizing sustainability and supporting the culture, people, natural beauty and ecosystem in the destinations you visit will elevate your travel experience
So, where to start?
Here are the top ways to minimize your footprint during the trip of a lifetime…
Do Your Research and Know Where Your Money Is Going
It’s important to remember that a key component of traveling sustainably goes beyond aiding the environment. It’s also important to foster social well being by travelling with local guides.
The local connection comes with knowledge, but also a sense of responsibility to give back and protect the community they benefit from. Local partnerships and interaction is a key characteristic eco-minded travelers should look out for.
Embrace Local Traditions and Culture
Local culture provides a sense of identity for local communities and residents. This identity facilitates common understandings, traditions, and values, all central to the identification of plans of action to improve well being. Culture contributes to building a sense of local identity and solidarity. Conscientious visitors can enjoy activities spearheaded by the community and learn more about the area’s ecosystem.
Pick a Place That Prioritizes Sustainability
While planning for your holiday, it’s also important to choose a destination that supports eco-friendly practices. In terms of lodging, you want to pinpoint a property that employs the local community, promotes sustainable, green-friendly initiatives and offers enrichment and educational opportunities to learn about the native environment and culture. Also, look for hotels that monitor water usage, clean the water supply and offset their energy use.
Reduce Your Carbon Emissions
There are many ways you can reduce their carbon footprint while traveling. Everything from choosing reusable water bottles, minimizing plastic waste and selecting companies, hotels and airlines that enforce sustainable practices is critical.
And before embarking on your trip, there are actionable steps you can take Packing light, consuming local products and finding the most direct flight route are just a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Also, when you book your hotel or tour, you can choose to counteract your carbon use by investing in sustainability-driven lodges and hotels that use solar or wind power as a means of renewable energy or plant trees.
Advocate for Wildlife
Don’t support the sale of protected species, whether it’s being sold as a souvenir. Not only do such possessions present a direct threat to endangered wildlife, if you are caught, you could be fined and your purchase confiscated. Examples include purchasing carvings made out of ivory and purchasing or taking sea shells from the beach.
Our passion for nature and travel is reflected in our understanding of the need to experience the natural environment in a sustainable and unique way.
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