Sustainable Tourism

At Naturetrek we have achieved AITO’s top 5-star Sustainable Tourism accreditation and have always tried to operate our holidays in an environmentally responsible manner, striving to contribute to wildlife conservation and habitat preservation at all times. Further details of our Sustainable Tourism Policy can be found in the paragraphs below. The policy catalogues our contribution (both financial and operational) to sustainable tourism and conservation, states our own ‘ST’ policy, and suggests guidelines for you – the tourist – to follow whilst on holiday. We encourage you to take the time to read it carefully!

Ours is a tour company run by naturalists for naturalists. All of us have a passion for conservation, wildlife and wildlife tourism; the need to ensure the long-term protection of species and habitats is an important part of our lives. In the national parks and wildlife regions that we visit, we support small, locally owned hotels and lodges and the local guides and other staff in these areas. With your help and support they will flourish.

To fly or not to fly? Make travel count!

There is no doubt that Wildlife Travel is responsible for its share of damaging carbon emissions. It does, however, provide substantial benefits which, we would argue as conservationists, make a strong case for wildlife enthusiasts to continue travelling. After all, if we are not bringing our custom to the national parks, wildlife reserves and the wilderness regions of the world, many of these areas, especially in developing countries, will simply disappear … and with them their wildlife. Not only does wildlife tourism support rural communities in impoverished nations, but it supports them in the ability to preserve their natural and wildlife heritage for their future generations who, hopefully, may have the wealth and leisure opportunities that we have today to enjoy their natural heritage. Staying at home may slow the rise in the world’s temperatures and sea levels, but it will have little value if we lose the best of the world’s national parks and their wildlife in the process!

Further, it is the climatologists, conservationists and other scientists on whom we are reliant in putting pressure on governments to act, yet from where do these experts draw their facts and inspiration? From travelling! It is through travelling that we learn about, and learn to love, our environment. Stop travelling, and who is going to care? Whilst global warming does threaten us and the world’s wildlife, there may also be bonuses. Global warming gives the world an incentive and an urgency to plant trees and, above all, to save our rainforests from the logging and the fires that ravage and, especially in the case of the latter, add hugely to carbon emissions – moves that can only benefit our wildlife and their habitats. So, we would argue, if you are choosing to travel, ‘make travel count’, and make sure that you, and your travel company, are off-setting all emissions that relate to your journey. Better still, if you off-set over and above your current journey’s emissions, you’ll be contributing to the off-setting of emissions resulting from previous journeys you have made! 

Naturetrek's Responsible Tourism officer is Maryanne Mills. If you have any ideas on ways in which our policy could be enhanced, please contact Maryanne on 01962 733051 or e-mail