Our operations in the safari industry were sparked by our passion for Africa: we still love the continent, its wildlife and its people. We recognize our responsibility to ensure that our activities as a tour operator enhance the environment of the places we go, protecting the natural environment that shelters Africa's wildlife and preserving the way of life of the people who call those areas home. Our intention is to maximize the benefits that tourism brings to each area, and we always aim to act responsibly in all our dealings, especially when they relate to environmental, social and economic issues.
These camps and lodges go about their community projects quietly, without boasting. If you'd like to know more, just ask your lodge manager or owner during the course of your visit: they will always be delighted to talk through what they do and often show you around the schools and clinics they have personally established. We would call it charitable work: they often see it simply as their responsibility to use the revenue from tourism to give something back to their local communities.
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We also encourage our clients to travel responsibly, and our pre-departure information packs contain information on how to minimize your impact on the African environment and maximize the benefits that can flow from every journey.
Aardvark is pleased to have been awarded a 3* award by AITO, the prestigious Association of Independent Tour Operators, for our achievements in responsible tourism.
John Loveland in the UK donated binoculars to Aardvark and with the help of our clients heading out to the Masai Mara we have managed to supply a pair to every graduating student for the last three years. Aardvark director John Spence, along with friends Paul O'Halloran and Dan Compton, undertook a sponsored cycle race on Mount Kenya to raise funds to pay teacher's salaries.
Further contributions to the Koiyaki Guide School have come from clients. If you'd like to know more about Koiyaki, or to find out how you can help personally, please visit their website on www.koiyaki.com
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