Tanzania Responsible Trips

An important aspect of good tourism is the realization of creating better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. In order to realize this, one of the key elements is preventing leakage. Making sure that when traveling to Tanzania the money you will spend actually stays in the destination and support Tanzania locals.

That it does not flow back to international owners and thereby supports their own economy. Tourism money that does not leak, can then be locally used to:

  • Protect natural and cultural resources in Tanzania
  • Invest in infrastructure, education and clean water in Tanzania
  • Your Tanzania Responsible Trips should support local entrepreneurships
  • Provide a fair income for local employees

Leakage examples

  • If you book rooms in larger hotel chains, your money is leaking back to the international headquarters instead of staying in the destination.
  • If your clients eat in non-local restaurants, the food is often imported, and revenue is thereby also leaking back to the economy of the restaurant owner.

The local multiplier effect of tourism

If the money stays in the destination, the economic benefits of tourism are boosted by the local multiplier effect. When money is spent locally you don’t only benefit the person you do business with. It recirculates in the economy:

Directly: By hiring local employees or purchasing local products
Indirectly: By spending money at any local business
Third party: When locals spend their tourism-owned money locally

7 tips to plan Tanzania Responsible Trips

As a tourist, you have the opportunity to support eco tourism in Tanzania while getting a great sustainable travel experience. It all comes down to the choices you make and how you decide to spend your money. Our 7 tips will help you directly support the eco tourism in Tanzania

In this article

  1. Hire local tour operator
  2. Book in locally owned accommodations
  3. Work with local communities
  4. Collaborate with local partners
  5. Buy local souvenirs
  6. Eat in local restaurants
  7. Donate to local projects

1. Hire local Tour operator

Tanzania is not only one of the safest, but without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries in Africa! All our tours are conducted by our tour coordinator department BUSH AND FOREST EXPLORERS. The department has many years of experience in planning and conducting tours and organizes individual road trips through Tanzania in addition to the classic destinations. We would be happy to put you in direct contact with him!

Travel for Charity Tanzania experts make sure in the fact that your Tanzania Responsible Trips we arrange are carefully planned and carried out. It is important to us to offer you high quality and fair prices. All of our tours can be booked individually or in combination

Locals are very familiar with their country, it’s history, people and culture. They are the connection between the destination and the traveler and in the position to turn the activity into an experience. Don’t forget to hire qualified and trained guides and drivers for quality, safety and reliability

2. Overnight in Local owned accommodation

As mentioned before, booking with larger chain hotels will make your money leak back to international headquarters instead of staying in the destination. Directly support the local economy by booking locally owned accommodations.

Know that this does not only benefit the accommodation holder. It indirectly also benefits their local employees, their food providers and all other suppliers. Additionally, the traveler will have a better experience staying in an accommodation where they can learn more about the local culture.

Travel for charity hostel

3. Work with local communities

Community-based tourism is the perfect way to contribute to the local economy. The aim of community-based tourism is to directly benefit local communities financially, while travelers experience local way of life. The tourism experiences are hosted and managed by the communities themselves, which results in direct employment and ownership!

When done right, community-based tourism is the ultimate way of good tourism. It’s in the perfect position to create better lives for local communities, to preserve their culture and to offer travelers unique experiences.

4. Collaborate with local partners

As a tour operator, you are most likely working with a supply-chain in the destination. Partners that help you manage your travel experience, for example transport or activities. When selecting those partners, make sure to work with locals!

Thereby, make sure that you and your partner share the same values. This way you are able to guarantee your customers with a sustainable and unique experience. To offer customers the best possible service, you need to rely on partners that share your values, mindset and mission for sustainable tourism.

5. Buy local souvenirs

For most travellers, travelling is about making memories. Souvenirs are often bought to remind them of a specific travel experience. When buying souvenirs locally, you support the local handcrafters and their material providers.

Inform your travelers to buy souvenirs from local communities and instruct your guides to not take travelers to larger commercial shops. Thereby, make sure to explain about illegal souvenirs made from protected flora and fauna. For example, souvenirs made from poached ivory

6. Eat in local restaurants

Eating and drinking in local restaurants and café’s directly benefits the local economy for the obvious reasons. It ensures the money stays in the destination and that the local owner and employees financially benefit. It also directly supports the local farmers and food producers in the area.

Besides supporting the local economy, eating locally is good for the environment. Local food doesn’t have to travel as far, so it reduces the CO2 emissions. Eating in a local restaurant is also a great experience for the traveller, who will be able to taste and explore the local cuisine.

7. Donate to local projects

Besides buying from and employing locals, you can also support the local projects which aims to make different to communities by donating to local projects. You can choose to support a local project in every destination you offer and donate a fixed amount per traveller. Most travellers will want to contribute to a project in the destination they are visiting.

Donating doesn’t necessarily mean financially. You can also donate time or materials and the projects can be both social and environmental. Think about a local hospital, school or women empowerment center where you can contribute to. Or environmentally, you can support a wildlife sanctuary, a vegetable garden or tree planting project.

How will you spend your money?

As a traveler or volunteer you have the opportunity to decide where your money and that of your travelers ends up. By spending your money locally and with the right people, you make sure the destination directly benefits from tourism. You give locals the opportunity to do business, to be more independent and to stimulate economic growth. Support the movement of good tourism: better places to live in, and better places to visit.

Please note that our Tanzania Responsible Trips are organized by trusted and qualified experts and therefore the terms and conditions of the respective tour operators apply. These as well as all group prices, detailed itineraries, tour dates and registered participants can be viewed by our volunteers in the online volunteer area.