Middle-Africa is committed to offering tours to West and Central African countries which result in positive experiences for both travellers and host communities.
We are a responsible Tour Operator. This means that we put special emphasis in minimizing the negative impacts that travelling can generate on the environment, wildlife and local cultures. The people behind Middle-Africa believe that well managed tourism is an effective way of helping local communities. If people living in an area can improve their living standards by hosting, guiding and interacting with foreign travellers, the cultural and environmental elements that attract tourists to the specific area will have a brighter future.
RULES AND REGULATION FOR ALL STAFF AND TRAVELLERS
Minimize impact on environment; do not litter, use biodegradable soaps and detergents and pick up litter left by others. Remove packaging from items before leaving home or take them back home again. Conserve water. Do not distribute non-degradable, breakable gifts or items in non-degradable packaging. Do not buy, or consume, plant products harvested illegally from nature. Accept that campfires are inappropriate in areas where wood is scarce or during the dry season.
Minimize impact on wildlife; do not disturb wildlife, instead; observe and move along cautiously and quietly. Do not collect any souvenirs from nature and do not use recordings or loud noises to attract wildlife or birds. Observe (and respect) locally established rules and regulations for correct conduct and do not buy, or consume, animal products from unmanaged wild populations.
Minimize impact on local inhabitants; interact with local inhabitants in the different areas visited. Act directly to accomplish conservation and community development. Make donations to schools, local museums and community groups (the organization or our guides can help you here). Attend village dances and cultural pageants. Discuss conservation with locals and inform family, friends and colleagues back home about the sustainable use of the natural environments visited. Respect local cultures and provide a balanced view of Western material culture. Take photographs within the guidelines suggested by your guide. Purchase souvenirs made by the villagers whose town you visit or at a craft centre. Do not excessively bargain. Dress neatly and conservatively. Listen, learn and teach; do not preach or criticize different cultural practices.
Avoid non-responsible practices; avoid accommodations, organizations, vendors, operators, villages, or individuals who consciously violate environmental, wildlife and ethical regulations or principles or support any kind of corruption.
SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS
We do our utmost to improve day after day and in large part we can achieve our goals thanks to the input received from our customers. For this reason we highly appreciate to obtain your personal feed back and that you share your ideas and suggestions with us so we are able to further improve.