African Quest Safaris recognizes that in conducting its business, it has a responsibility to the environment and the communities in which it operates. The very nature of our business implies that we must always ensure our activities have the least possible negative impact on the environment, now and in the long term.
The Management therefore believes that the most effective way of implementing a sustainable tourism policy is to integrate the policy’s main points into all the company’s relevant mainstream business activities. Accordingly, on a continuing basis, the company will endeavour to comply with the main points of this policy and with the associated codes of best practice. In essence, we have accomplished this through:
BEING A RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
- Identifying, quantifying and monitoring the major potential environmental impacts of our activities.
- Developing and maintaining appropriate emergency response plans for major incidents in order to minimize our environmental impact.
- Conducting our operations in a way which maximizes positive and minimizes negative impact on the environment and on local communities.
- Considering environmental implications as part of any purchase decision or commercial decision-making.
- Providing information, training and support to all our employees so that they are aware of their environmental and ethical responsibilities within the framework of their normal operating procedures.
- Implementing energy and water management programmes in our offices, premises and assets.
- Minimizing waste occurring and ensuring it is recycled or disposed of responsibly.
- Supporting the work of ECPAT (End Sexual Exploitation, Child Prostitution and Trafficking and Child Pornography).
BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOUR
- Encouraging and recognizing initiatives which involve working with local communities and which demonstrate social responsibility. This is evident through the community project which we have with a group of 12 villages in the Ole Kinyeii area. It is a nursery school and we have so far finished phase 1 which comprises of 3 classes and a total of 78 children.
- Informing our clients (the holidaymakers) about the Kenyan customs and cultures and also of other countries they are visiting and encouraging them to respect the local environment and host communities.
- Reducing pollution both at home and in neighbouring countries by ensuring our company cars and other forms of ground transport use lead-free or alternative environmentally acceptable fuel.
PROTECTING HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
- Understanding and seeking to comply with relevant environmental legislation and regulations and also seeking to influence current and future legislation.
- Considering environmental and social factors when planning and operating excursion programmes to help ensure minimal impact on the area visited.
- Respecting and informing guests about natural habitats and wildlife.
- Where appropriate, offering excursions which stimulate the local economy in a balanced, sustainable way and without placing undue demands on local resources.
- Encouraging and recognizing initiatives which support conservation and education programmes benefiting the environment and local communities, particularly in the holiday destinations to which we operate.
Informing guests of ways to save energy and fresh water and reduce/dispose of waste responsibly.
Communicating the company’s environmental policy to all our business partners and working with them to encourage the implementation of best practice.
- More and more tourists are traveling to Kenya every year. This brings many positive benefits to everyone involved, but there is also growing concern about the negative impacts on the environment and culture of Kenya as a holiday destination.
- African Quest Safaris recognizes the vital role the holiday industry has to play in sustaining and improving the environment, not only for our clients today, but for generations to come. We’ve therefore put together these guidelines so that you can ‘do your bit’ too to minimize any negative pressures.
- Save it! Water is a precious resource. You can choose not to have your towel laundered every day, and having a shower instead of a bath saves water too.
- Turn it off! Save energy by switching off lights, fans, TV and air-conditioning when you leave your room.
- Even using the ‘stand by’ option on the TV uses energy.
- Show respect – for the people and culture of the country you’re visiting. For example, if you visit a religious site, observe the dress code as you would at home. Don’t take or buy any ancient artifacts unless from a reputable source.
- Local crafts support the local economy as well as sometimes making unusual presents to take home. Be wary, however, of anything containing ivory, sea turtles, coral, flowers or reptile-skin products. The trade of wildlife souvenirs is controlled internationally to safeguard wild species so your gifts could be confiscated by Customs on your return.
- Fire is a serious hazard. Be extremely careful with cigarettes and matches and take your cigarette stubs with you if there are no ash trays on the beach.
- Please use recycling bins if they are available. Don’t litter. Rubbish such as plastic takes many years to biodegrade. It’s unsightly and can be harmful, especially to marine life.
- Protect local wildlife and flora. Coral, for example, is extremely fragile and takes centuries to grow. Please don’t cause any damage to this or any other living organism.
- Most people appreciate a bit of peace and quiet on holiday, so please keep noise levels down. Loud noise can also disturb wildlife.
- It’s always good to also check and see if there are any local charities or conservation organizations which you may wish to help.