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Responsible Travel Projects - Dragoman Overland

At Dragoman we recognise our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable manner. We aim to respect the environment, culture, societies and religions of the communities and areas that we visit and we encourage all our staff to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism. We specifically train our tour leaders in the philosophy and ethics of responsible tourism so that they can put our beliefs into practice for you on the road.

The Meserani Snake Park was established in 1993 near Arusha, Tanzania. The founders, Wade Bale and Deon Naude, bought ten acres of land in Meserani, which at the time was barren; since then they have breathed life into the area, and today the park thrives with hundreds of trees, plants and various fauna. The park offers a number of activities to visitors, including guided tours of the Maasai Cultural Museum led by a real Maasai warrior, as well as guided tours of the Snake Part itself and learning about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world. There is…

Projeto TAMAR is a turtle research centre whose mission is to promote the recovery of sea turtles by developing research, conservation and social inclusion actions. The Tamar - Patrocínio Petrobras Project works to research, protect and manage the five species of sea turtles that occur in Brazil, all of which are threatened with extinction. Every year, between September and March, these animals arrive to spawn in Praia do Forte and in other points of the Brazilian coast. More than 50% of the nests protected by Tamar in Brazil occur in Bahia beaches. The northern coast of Bahia is the main remaining spawning…

Conservation Projects at Fazenda San Francisco These include several research projects on flora and fauna, such as Ecology of the Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) and Study of density and economic viability of the Carandá palm (Copernicia alba). A few years ago the San Francisco Farm received the title of Conservationist Breeder, CRAS - Wild Animals Rehabilitation Centre, supporting the rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals that were rescued from illegal trade. In addition to these, there are long-term monitoring programmes such as the Blue Arara Project and the True Parrot Project which have been carried out since 1996 and 2001 respectively. Since 2003, Fazenda San Francisco is the headquarters of the…

The Estancia Los Potreros is a traditional cattle estancia with a sustainable farming ethos.  They have a strong farm-to-table approach, a tree planting programme and zero food waste policy.  Even wine bottles are taken back to the winery, to be refilled for their own Los Potreros wine! They run an annual ‘yerra’ or cattle branding day for the local farmers and gauchos – this is a very important community event.  We camp on the estancia. Estancia Los Potreros has long-supported the local rural school, and our guests help too. We send recycled clothing to a remote community in the north…

Huasquila Ecolodge is the result of years of work by people from the community, foreign volunteers, and the owners to reforest reserve land. The project is located within the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, only 3 hours from Quito, Ecuador's capital. The Huasquila property has 115 hectares—65 hectares are secondary forest, and the rest is still primary forest. Six years ago, they started reforesting an area of 20 hectares with native trees and medicinal plants, with the long-term goal to replant an ecological corridor that will connect the Cotundo area with the nearby protected area of the Antisana reserve. Ecotourism in the…

Cap Suchitoto is a centre run by Sister Peggy, a Catholic nun who was sent to El Salvador to provide aid during the civil war. She is an inspiring lady and now educates and help the young people in Suchitoto using music and the arts in the grounds of the Santa Imelda School and Convent. The Dominican nunnery was originally built in 1917 but had to be renovated in 2005 after it was abandoned for 25 years during the violent civil war. Their programmes contribute to the culture of peace by creating cultural identity and unity within the community, teaching…

Sambhali Trust is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 to promote self-esteem, economic independence, and the development of educational, vocational and social skills for disadvantaged women and girls within Rajasthani society. Dragoman are delighted to have been able to support them through crew leader Ben Sims as part of his prize of Adventure Guide of the Year in TourRadar’s awards.  Ben chose the charity to receive the $1,000 dollar prize as it focuses on women within the Dalit communities, who experience three levels of discrimination based on their caste, their economic situation and their gender.  The trust provides access to…

The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund is a non-profit initiative dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. Launched in 2014 in response to challenges posed by rapidly increasing visitation to this iconic yet fragile landscape, the Legacy Fund works with businesses, municipalities, park authorities, residents, and visitors to: Restore and protect ecosystems Improve tourism infrastructure and mitigate visitor impacts Promote community development Diversify recreation & cultural opportunities for residents and visitors Image Credit: Project Eudaimonia Dragoman is pleased to partner with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund to enhance the long-term health of…

Zara Charity is a non profit organisation founded in 2009 for vulnerable groups in Tanzania. Zara’s vision is to unite volunteers with various projects to enhance community economic development. They also look to improve living conditions particularly for women and children and the porters who climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, whilst maintaining its core values of environmental conservation, sustainability and employment creation. Zara Charity also partners with the Mount Kilimanjaro Porter’s association which ensures that the porters are treated fairly and have the right equipment including clothing and health insurance. The association provides the porters with free classes in…