At Okavango Tours and Safaris we are all too aware of the fragility of the cultures, environments and economies of the African countries with whom we work. The respect that we hold for these people and places, along with the very nature of our tour operation, reflects our commitment towards responsible tourism and sustainable development.
Our business can have a lasting positive effect, providing income and a financial incentive to protect the natural environment. In this meaningful and supportive manner, the cultures of local communities can also be retained and assimilated into a more global way of life. As well as encouraging the joint ownership by local people of the camps and lodges thereby benefiting the area even more directly, there are income generation projects to which guests can contribute while on holiday - just ask wherever you stay about their community projects. In our culture we might consider these projects as being 'charity' but they are just a natural part of the safari business.
In our everyday office practices we aim to reduce the levels of energy use and to increase recycling where possible.
We, from a distance, support the work of Wateraid and Farm Africa along with community development initiatives including orphanges, schools and clinics.
Open Arms Malawi believes that every child has right to life, survival and development. Through the homes, medical attention, shelter and food is provided and love is given to some of Malawi's orphaned and abandoned children. The organisation works to ensure that the children in its care have the chance to grow up with the love of a family and the security of a home.
With support and monitoring, immunised and fit toddlers are returned whenever possible to their relatives, creating families and avoiding institutional care and in doing so enable communities to provide nutritious meals and nursery education to the orphans and vulnerable children within their community.