Responsible overlanding: our approach

For us, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, ‘ecotourism’ – or whatever other term – is essential to our travelling and overlanding philosophy.

Not only do we want to have a great time visiting some of Africa’s most beautiful places, but we also want to make sure that we’re not hurting local communities or the environment along the way.

And, wherever possible, we strive to ensure that our impact on local communities and the environment is positive!

We believe that responsible overlanding minimises negative social, economic and environmental impacts, generates economic benefits for local people, and provides an opportunity to genuinely enhance the well-being of local communities.

We take both and idealist and pragmatic approach to responsible overlanding in Africa – idealist in that we strive to be as responsible as we can, but pragmatic because we recognise that it won’t possible to always avoid negative impacts.

Recycling, for instance, is not widely practised in many African counties, and it will therefore not be practical for us to commit to recycling all of our rubbish along the way. However, where we can, we will recycle ourselves and patronise establishments that are committed to environmental protection.

Here’s a summary of some of our ‘rules of thumb’ when it comes to responsible overlanding.

For more info on responsible overlanding, check out our posts on volunteering and responsible tourism.

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