A short note on eco-tourism & conservation tourism:
Our objective consists of “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990). We also want to highlight and showcase efforts where local people, wildlife and the environment are already benefiting from strategic and visionary thinking. Our activities on the ground must:
- Minimize impact; Protect and preserve wildlife
- Build environmental and cultural awareness & respect
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
- Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
- Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate
How we hope to achieve our goals:
Our hope is to awaken or reinforce the explorer, the adventurer, the nature lover and the hidden conservationist in our guests. We want to whisk them away (hopefully many, many first timers from parts of the world that are only now beginning to get intrigued by Africa) on the adventure of a lifetime to a continent that we know will amaze them, bemuse them and ultimately captivate and enchant them. We want to do this because we know this to be true: when people actually see and experience those few remaining parts of our planet where the animals and landscapes are still wild and free, they will come home thinking more about conservation and sustainable development than they may ever have done before. And through their eyes, their stories and their images, we hope that a whole host of other people will become interested in Africa too.
In other words, if we do our job correctly, Africa will benefit in both tangible and intangible ways through this endeavor. We must confess, though, that any job description that sends the three of us on more African safaris will certainly be a benefit to us too.
Back to Chalo Africa
But wait, wait, wait … advocating for conservation and sustainability doesn’t have to be a dull, dry and depressing subject. For all of you who have ever spent an evening watching Animal Planet television, or flipping through the pages of National Geographic, or those of you that have thrilled at pronouncing names like Kilimanjaro and Okavango and wondered how it might feel to ride in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara … this is for you.
Have you always dreamt these dreams but shelved them because Africa seemed too far, too remote, too unknown? If you did, we hope you will spend some time with us on the Chalo Africa website, learning and reading more about Africa and the many accessible (and yes, sometimes remote) experiences we can make happen for you .
And if you have a question, however basic you think it may be, feel free to ask. We hope to demystify Africa travel for all of you who are contemplating or simply dreaming of a trip to our favorite place in the whole wide world.
All our best,
The Chalo Africa Team
Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. They move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.