For 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!
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
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.
As a part of our 25th-anniversary tour to Kyrgyzstan, Wild Frontiers funded a wilderness training weekend for a group of young Kyrgyz, offering them the opportunity to learn outdoor skills and experience mountain trekking.
The group of 12 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, joined our local partner and trekking experts on a four-day adventure travelling from their home city of Karakol into the nearby mountains of the Issyk-Kul province in northwestern Kyrgyzstan.
Leaving the city behind, the group set out for the Jety-Oguz Gorge, before trekking up and over the mountain pass, descending into Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu Gorge and onto the village of Kyzyl-Suu - learning about mountain safety, trekking equipment, navigation and how to set up camp and cook along the way.
Our partner in Kyrgyzstan operates activity weekends to help develop skills, build confidence and inspire young people, who would not normally get the opportunity, to consider a future within tourism through their 'Travel. Discover. Help' programme.
Wild Frontiers is proud to support such a fantastic initiative that gives young local people not only the chance to gain new skills but also to experience the sheer beauty of their own country, just as so many of our travellers have done over the years.
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
While we are unable to travel to Afghanistan, we will continue to promote the work of Afghanaid.
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.
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
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.