DREAM IT DO IT EA SAFARIS RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL POLICY

In our commitment to travel responsibly, the following principles outline our approach in embedding sustainable practices throughout our operations.

RESPECT: Destinations
Dream It Do It East Africa Safaris, promotes positive and meaningful exchanges between our business, our customers and the places we visit on all trips and across the 4 destinations.
We do this by:

  • Respecting different cultures in the destinations we visit
  • Respecting local religions, religious places and rituals
  • Observing and respecting local customs and etiquette
  • Encouraging local interaction and understanding of the local way of life
  • Emphasizing appropriate dress standards
  • Asking permission before photographing
  • Forbid the use of illegal drugs on our tours
  • Portraying destinations fairly in our communications and marketing material

SUPPORT: Local People and Local Economy
We work to maximize the positive benefits generated by tourism for the local economy and local communities.
We do this by:

  • Employing predominantly local staff and leaders within our operational teams
  • Designing and operating trips to feature local suppliers or suppliers who directly benefit the local community and economy
  • Encouraging our customers/ passengers to purchase from local suppliers and use local service providers and supporting social enterprises, local trade, arts and crafts
  • Purchasing sustainable and locally produced goods and services rather than imported products
  • Ensuring we have fair employment practices in place (using suppliers who have similar employment practices)
  • Involving the local community in decision making
  • Paying relevant taxes
  • Issuing each of our suppliers with our Supplier Code of Conduct to influence our supply chain to operate in a more sustainable way
  • Not engaging in any form of bribery, corruption or fraudulent activities

PRESERVE: Environment
We aim to contribute to the preservation of natural and built environments in the destinations we operate and to reduce the negative impacts our operations may have on the environment. We do this by:

a. Office and Trips
Minimizing the use of resources (energy, water, waste), and reduce our carbon emissions in our offices and on our trips through;
Office

  • Implementing energy conservation initiatives (eg. through more efficient lighting/equipment)
  • Ensuring better waste management through the avoid, reuse, reduce, recycle principles
  • Adopting better purchasing practices eg. by sourcing products with post-consumer recycled content
  • Implementing water saving initiatives to reduce consumption

Trips

  • Using local transport where safe, reliable and feasible and when this is not feasible, private locally owned transport.
  • Ensuring our vehicles/fleet are well maintained and fuel efficient
  • Encouraging passengers to minimise their waste and water usage on the trip
  • Encouraging our suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices or choosing suppliers who already have greener practices in place
  • Eating at local eateries (limiting food miles)
  • Shopping at local markets offering local produce, items, souvenirs etc.

b. Attractions in destinations
Preserving the natural and built attractions in destinations by;

  • Understanding the environmental issues in destinations and minimizing our direct impact (eg. if there is a local deforestation issue, avoid purchasing and using firewood for a camp fire)
  • Ensure our passengers preserve and do not contaminate the local water supply
  • Observe all National and Marine Park visitor rules
  • Use a “pack in, take back out” management of waste in remote regions and National

Parks

  • Use established or existing tracks/paths
  • Minimize the use of intrusive devices such as lights and keep noise to a minimum at culturally significant sites and other sensitive places
  • Discourage all passenger touching of fragile environments (eg. coral or formations in caves)

PROTECT: the more Vulnerable People (Women, Minorities & Children) & PROTECT: Wildlife
We protect and look after people – in particular our most vulnerable by:

a. People:
Observing basic human rights principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ensuring we are promoting among our staff, customers, local communities and suppliers/business partners, their right to be treated with;
• dignity, • equality,• freedom, and • respect

More specifically,
Women & Minorities: We promote equality through
Support of enterprises run or staffed by women and/or minorities where available (such as local co-operatives, education initiatives)
Seeking women and minorities to be represented in decision making that affects their local communities where possible
Ensuring we are not partaking in any activities or using suppliers/services that discriminate against, exploit or traffic women and/or minority groups

Children: we protect children (those 17 years of age and under) from all forms of abuse

We do not employ children nor do we use suppliers or patron places that allow children to perform work that is illegal or likely to jeopardize the child’s health, safety or morals
We put in place strong measures to ensure that Dream It Do It East Africa Safaris, respective suppliers, passengers and partners are not involved in the exploitation of children, including training relevant employees/leaders on child protection and raising awareness among our passengers on how to report incidents of child exploitation
Promoting credible initiatives that safeguard and assist in the positive development of children (eg. schools and child care initiatives)
No visits to children’s shelters or orphanages on our itineraries or on press/media trips

Animals
We oppose any exploitative or illegal practices and those that have a negative impact on animal welfare. As a company we work toward promoting the five freedoms that should be available to all animals – wild or domestic;

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behavior
  • Freedom from fear and distress
    This means that we conduct appropriate research to ensure we do not promote, visit or participate in any activities that are failing to uphold the 5 freedoms listed above.

SUPPORTING GUIDELINES, PROCEDURES & DOCUMENTS

  • Responsible Travel Specific Guidelines
  • Animal Welfare
  • Child Protection
  • Supplier Code of Conduct o Health and Safety Policy