Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism

At African Escapades LTD, Safari and tour operator in South Luangwa, we are committed to operating in a socially responsible and sustainable manner that preserves and protects the local environment, cultures, and communities. With our deep-rooted expertise in Safaris and being raised in the South Luangwa Valley, we have a unique understanding and appreciation of the importance of conservation and sustainable tourism. We strive to minimize our environmental impact, promote responsible tourism practices, and support the well-being of local communities. Our mission is to provide our guests with an unforgettable Safari experience that not only showcases the beauty of the region but also contributes to the conservation and preservation of the natural habitats, wildlife, and local cultures and communities.

Read our Sustainability Policy here

Sustainability results 2023

We are proud to share our commitment to sustainability and the progress we have made towards achieving our sustainability goals. As part of our dedication to transparency and accountability, we will be sharing our key sustainability results with the public every two years on this report page. We believe that sustainability is not just a responsibility, but a core value that should be integrated into every aspect of our business. By sharing our progress, we hope to inspire and encourage others to join us in creating a more sustainable future for all.

Sustainable tourism development guidelines and management practices are applicable to all forms of tourism in all types of destinations, including mass tourism and the various niche tourism segments. Sustainability principles refer to the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, and a suitable balance must be established between these three dimensions to guarantee its long-term sustainability.

Thus, sustainable tourism should:

  1. Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
  2. Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
  3. Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.

Sustainable tourism development requires the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary.

Sustainable tourism should also maintain a high level of tourist satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience to the tourists, raising their awareness about sustainability issues and promoting sustainable tourism practices amongst them.