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Responsible Travel

At Wild Frontiers we do more than pay lip service to Responsible Tourism – we have been committed to it since our very beginnings and have also established the Wild Frontiers Foundation to support and develop community projects in destinations we visit.

To us Responsible Travel coincides with Responsible Business, designing adventures with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments.

We realise that taking clients through these regions can have a detrimental impact if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our tours we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive – after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring!

We have our own dedicated in-house Responsible Travel Team, which meets regularly to review and measure our responsible travel policies. This is not only crucial to help ensure best practice across both our group tour and tailor-made holiday itineraries, but the ideal forum to develop new ideas and initiatives.

A successful Wild Frontiers tour not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for you, but it will also benefit the people whose lands we are privileged to visit.

 

How To Travel More Responsibly

Our Tips

We believe that if we all make small changes to our travel habits we can all have a really positive impact - from considering where to visit, making plastic swaps and packing lighter; to respecting local culture and spending your money at grass roots level within communities you visit. Even if you implement a handful of these suggestions you will make a difference.

 

What else are we up to?

Support for Afghanaid

As a part of our ongoing commitment to vulnerable communities we visit, Wild Frontiers makes a donation to charity partner Afghanaid on behalf of each client that travels to Afghanistan with us. The funding helps support community projects, including a disaster management initiative in the Badakhshan Province and a project that works with farmers to improve their agricultural diversification and productivity, as well as strengthen their links to market in order to reduce dependency on opium cultivation.

‘Thank you to Wild Frontiers and everyone who travelled on the Wakhan Pamir Adventure for your generous donation of $1000USD. Your generosity will help more vulnerable communities in Badakhshan province to prepare for natural disaster.’ - Afghanaid

Gorilla Conservation in DR Congo

On behalf of every client that visits the Democratic Republic of Congo with us, Wild Frontiers makes a donation to The Pole Pole Foundation, a Congolese-led community conservation organisation based in Bukavu in the country's east. PPF work to protect the critically endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas and their habitat in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park.

The foundation was setup by esteemed philanthropist John Kahekwa 25 years ago to work with communities to protect gorillas. Since then it has continued to function in spite of the wars that have ravaged the country, including what was termed ‘Africa’s World War’. Now, as a relative state of peace returns, the foundation is expanding its work, running three schools, a wide range of livelihood programmes and a tree-planting scheme that has grown and planted over 4 million trees.

The Wild Frontiers Foundation also funds a community education and conservation project in conjunction with The Pole Pole Foundation, which gives local people the opportunity to visit the gorillas they are learning to protect. Read more on our blog.

Paper-free Travel Documents

In 2016, Wild Frontiers set up an initiative to encourage clients to 'go paperless', donating funds to the Wild Frontiers Foundation for every client that chose to receive their travel documents by email instead of post. Now around 90% of our group tour clients are choosing paperless travel documents and we are working towards a point where that will soon be 100%. Through the initiative more than £5,800 was raised for our foundation and the community projects we support.

 

Tour Leader Nominated Bursery

Committed to support grass roots initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of people in communities we visit, Wild Frontiers has set up a new tour leader nominated bursary project.

With their ears to the ground, who better to discover inspiring local projects than Wild Frontiers’ tour leaders. Based on sustainability, education or promoting equality, the winning project will receive a grant of up to £1,000 from the Wild Frontiers Foundation.

The winner, of what we plan to be an annual bursary project, will be announced towards the end of each the year.

Staff Volunteer days

Wild Frontiers' staff roll up their sleeves to volunteer in Gunnersbury Park, West London, as a part of a re-generation project to protect listed flowerbeds and ancient trees.

Dating back to at least the 11th century with a succession of wealthy owners across the centuries, Gunnersbury Park was purchased for the nation from the Rothschild family and opened to the public in 1926. This glorious 186 acre space of parkland, paths and ponds, woodland, kitchen garden and stately buildings is a wonderful community asset right on the doorstep of our office.

Small teams from Wild Frontiers joined Gunnersbury Park gardening staff to turn over Rothchild’s listed flowerbeds ready for the planting of 20,000 new blubs, weed and dig a tree circle around a beautiful 250-year-old beech tree to help protect it for future generations.

Thank you to Chris, Spencer and the Gunnersbury Park team for the guidance and good company! 

"It really has been a pleasure and we have all enjoyed Wild Frontiers coming. Thanks for everything you have done, it has made such a big difference and the public feedback has been great," - Chris, Park Manger, Gunnersbury Park

 

Computer Recycling

Wild Frontiers supports the work of charity partner, Camara Education, by donating any unwanted office computers for recycling.  Once cleared and refurbished, Camara, re-distributed our old computer equipment to their e-learning centres in schools in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Lesotho.

Through the Wild Frontiers Foundation, we have also supported Camara through funding the set up of three e-learning / computer classrooms in Ethiopia. Each computer classroom accommodates 26 computers, offering both primary and secondary school aged students the opportunity to develop their learning with modern technology.