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Responsible Travel Projects - Dragoman Overland

At Dragoman we recognise our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable manner. We aim to respect the environment, culture, societies and religions of the communities and areas that we visit and we encourage all our staff to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism. We specifically train our tour leaders in the philosophy and ethics of responsible tourism so that they can put our beliefs into practice for you on the road.

Phare, the Cambodian Circus, is a social enterprise in Cambodia which opened in February 2013 in Siem Reap. It runs professional shows every night all year round, using dance, theater, original live music and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories from recent history, folklore and modern society. Photo credit: Scott Sharick 75% of the profits from tickets sales go directly to Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA), an NGO school and professional arts training center in Battambang, which offers free-of-charge formal K-12 education and professional arts training in visual arts, theater, music, dance, and circus to street children. More than 1,200…

Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association (KCBTA) is a company who works at building a sustainable future between foreign visitors and local culture. They offer authentic homestays, yurt camps, village treks and some areas special social events where the majority of the profits go back into the community rather and distributed more evenly.  The main objective of the of the CBT Groups is to improve the living conditions of people in remote mountain regions, by developing rural tourism without harming the natural environment and culture of local people.  In many places through Kyrgyzstan, the Dragoman groups will stay in family-run Yurt Stays…

Education East Africa teaches both children and teachers in Tanzania and Rwanda to speak, teach and learn English. They produce their own textbooks and firmly believe that education is the way towards prosperity both individually and for the whole country. We visit this organisation on our family trip in East Africa. While we do not disrupt the classes while they are on we do meet with those in charge. This is a wonderful place to donate any school supplies you bring with you as they are sure to be used to directly help those taught in the project.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of Africa's oldest wildlife charities, and is one of the leading elephant rescue and rehabilitation efforts in the world. Established more than 40 years ago, they work across Kenya to secure safe havens for wildlife - not only elephants and rhino, but entire ecosystems of diverse flore and fauna. They also work to rescue orphaned animals and look after them until they can be released back where they belong, and have expanded into mobile vets, conservation and education work. We visit this centre as one of our optional activities for any trip that starts or finishes in Nairobi.

The Langata Giraffe Centre is one of the most well-known in the world of conservation. They have been operating since 1979 and have defined the way animal protection, conservation and education has grown over the years. The Centre is the creation of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya), a Kenyan non-profit organisation, which aims to educate Kenyan children about wildlife and the environment, as well as offering local and international visitors the opportunity to come into contact with giraffe. We visit this centre as one of our optional activities for any trip that starts or finishes in Nairobi.

Painted Dogs are the most endangered animal in Africa, and Painted Dog Conservation works to protect the remaining 700 or so in Zimbabwe. They have anti-poaching units which patrol local areas daily, and they run outreach and education programs, as well as rehabilitation centres for injured and orphaned dogs. We visit one of these centres. The work they are doing is truly keeping the painted dog population from collapse. Painted Dog Conservation employs more than 60 people from the local villages to run their conservation, education and outreach programs. These programs priotise community spirit, and help directly to improve the lives of…

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the last place in Uganda where you are able to see wild Rhinos. They are fiercely protected by their rangers who watch over them at all times. During a visit to the Sancuarty, you'll get the opportunity to see these magnificent endangered creatures in the wild, during a guided walk with these well-trained rangers. You may also encounter various other wildlife species, including Uganda kobs, oribis, bush bucks, water bucks, and a number of other bird species. All of the money we spend here is used to continue this vital conservation work.

Global Mamas is an organisation in Ghana that works with women teaching them how to run their own business and make their own money through arts and crafts. They create items such as clothes, blankets and more using batik and other traditional methods. They not only focus on financial stability but also health and happiness for all women involved. Photo credit: Global Mamas Global Mamas was founded in 2003 with only six producers, and today works with more than 350 Ghanaian producers. Global Mamas is committed to sustainable growth and since inception has created hundreds of jobs in Ghana. Fair…

The Meserani Snake Park was established in 1993 near Arusha, Tanzania. The founders, Wade Bale and Deon Naude, bought ten acres of land in Meserani, which at the time was barren; since then they have breathed life into the area, and today the park thrives with hundreds of trees, plants and various fauna. The park offers a number of activities to visitors, including guided tours of the Maasai Cultural Museum led by a real Maasai warrior, as well as guided tours of the Snake Part itself and learning about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world. There is…