Active Tanzania Adventures Travel Policy

Financial Support
Our business partners are small scale enterprises. If our guests want to hire extra gear for mountain we connect them to former porters who are making small money renting it out. The cleaning of our tents, sleeping bags, Safari equipment gets done by private persons as an income for their families. *We support women having dukas (small shops) with our free help in teaching them bookkeeping or giving them money to attend schools for driving license in order to get better jobs *We are encouraging young people to start business with microfinancial support for dealing with cereals, bureaucratic support and sharing our business knowledge.

Financially we support :

1. The Samaritan Village Orphanage Center
This Center is situated in Moshono/Arusha. It is uprising small children who are orphans giving them accomodation, food, education and a center to live. Abandonded babies that are left in the streets are found and brought to the Samaritans in order to get a new home.

2.The Federal Hospital of Arusha
Active Tanzania has a close contact to the Eye Department supplying them with glasses and frames to give them to patients which could not efford a reading aid. We get the glasses from clients and friends coming over from America and Europe.

Environmental Responsibility
We buy food for Safaris and Kilimanjaro Trekks on the local market only. The food comes in baskets and not wrapped in plastics , vegetables we by from an Organic Farming Project in Tengeru.

We train our guides, drivers, cooks and porters regularly to collect rubbish even of other people and not dispersing any into the environment.

Touring we inform our guests about the ecological and environmental achievements made in Tansania so far using our knowledges of the field . We are in a vital contact with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and get briefed ourselves being Member of the Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators.

Traditionally, tourism in Tanzania has been dependent on the natural tourist attractions. (See our TANZANIA section on the website). All attractions are conserved and sustainable managed through park fees.

Our tours in the Usambara Mountains help to maintain the original rainforest. The Usambaras are a biological and botanical treasure house with a huge numer of endemic trees and plant species.

Social Responsibility and Competence
We take most care of our Porters. We make sure that they have their own tents and sleeping bags and are outfitted properly and they get payed well and promptly. They deserve the same standard of care and treatment that are expected for our visitors.

We provide our travellers with pre-trip informations on the social and political situation in each destination.

Active Tanzania Adventures provides you with all its intercultural competence.

Tanzanians, speaking the Kiswahili language, are very communicative approaching you saying "Mambo?" (whats the matter?) and you replying "Poa" (cool) makes them stunning and stopping for a further chat. If you hear the questions "habari gani?" (what kind of news?) then reply in any case "nzuri", which means "good" to make contact.

Tanzania is full of street vendors and open markets. Many dealers are aware of the figures and numbers in English language. There is hardly any Tanzanian who would pay the price he is quoted neither in a market nor in a shop. He says "Nipe bei nzuri" (give me a good price) !

It would be an offend to pay the price quoted and demasks you as a typical "Mzungu" (white person) who has to much money. You can either say "Pongusa" which means "reduce" or you can suggest a new price even telling half of it. Then you are going to wait for the reaction, which can even be a loud sound made by the tongue (it sounds like "click") which indicates you that the vendor does not agree at all. Now a long process of negotiating can follow...

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