Sustainable Tourism: Tanzania Tours Support and Respect Indigenous Cultures

December 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Tourism has been a major source of income and sustenance for many cultures in countries popular for their natural wonders or manmade attractions.  The revenue and interest garnered as a result of visitors from far away can enable an improved economy, allow certain classes of people to prosper, and even be a driver for development where there would have been none.  The impact on indigenous people, however, can be negative.  Traffic from insensitive or ignorant travelers can harm the culture and traditions of locals and leave the location worse off instead of better.

Sustainability in the Tourism Industry

Sustainable tourism is a growing attempt to offer many of the same vacation packages while making as low an impact on the local people as possible.  The larger umbrella of “ecotourism” involves visiting natural areas that are more undisturbed, which allows for a low impact vacation with few other people present.  With the concept of sustainable tourism, popular locations still welcome visitors, but with an emphasis on travelers not taking anything away from locals’ way of life, or affecting it in any other adverse way.  Instead, travelers are able to provide important revenue while consciously choosing to impart only positive experiences.

Some of the ways tourists can seek to be sustainable in their sightseeing are by:

  • informing themselves of the culture, politics and communities before visiting
  • respecting local cultures and their traditions
  • maintaining tolerance and understanding of multiple cultures
  • supporting businesses which uphold cultural heritage and traditional values
  • purchasing from local sellers rather than buying imported products
  • not buying souvenirs that encourage the destruction of any flora or fauna
  • not removing any natural objects and not littering while out on safari
  • using small amounts of resources while visiting

Tanzania and Sustainable Tourism

Tanzania is one third world country that has received special attention for being at risk of some of the more harmful byproducts of tourism upon its land.  Yet with the gorgeous scenery, adventurous safaris and daunting mountains to climb, it isn’t difficult to see why tours to Tanzania are more desirable than ever.

At Zara Tours, we recognized the potential for collaborative efforts between tourists and residents of Tanzania and wanted to support the communities without hurting them.  Founding Zara Charity was one of the first ways we were able to achieve this partnership of invested visitors, while simultaneously raising money to be given back to organizations that our community relies on.

Recognizing the draw of Tanzania for tourists, Zara Charity designed two vacation packages offering multiple ways to enjoy a tour of Tanzania while supporting the residents.

Package #1:  Hiking the Kilimanjaro Mountains and helping at a local orphanage.

Package #2:  Embarking on safaris into two national parks and supporting a local orphanage.

For travelers who want to experience the beauty of Tanzania and the rich culture of its people, there doesn’t need to be an all or nothing approach to a visit.  At Zara Tours (and in collaboration with Zara Charity), we work hard to achieve a sustainable level of tourism you can feel good about participating in.

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