The Responsible Safari Company

African Based Travel Specialist

Address:
The Barn, Mandala, Blantyre, PO BOX 387
Tel: +265 111602 407

The Responsible Safari Co. (RSC) is a Tour Operator and Destination Management Company specializing in Experiential & Educational Group Travel to Malawi. 

Operating since 2008 and based in Malawi, RSC provides specialized planning and on-the-ground logistical support for School Expeditions, University Field Trips, Charity & Adventure Challenges, Donor groups, Corporate, Conference and CSR Groups as well as Independent Travelers. RSC Services include Pre-Trip Planning, Support from our UK Group Consultant, Personalized Itineraries, Comprehensive Risk Assessments & International Insurance, Seat-Belted Vehicles, First Aid Trained Local Guides and Safari, Adventure and Hiking Activities. 

With Malawi's renowned Adventure and Cultural highlights, it is ideal for Group Travel and RSC are here to arrange an itinerary to suit any team’s budget, time frame and interests. Whether it be Charity Hikes on Mount Mulanje, Kayaking on Lake Malawi, Cycle Challenges in Zomba, Wildlife Safaris to Liwonde National Park or working alongside a local Malawian Community. 

The RSC Commitment

RSC works hand in hand with a number of communities across Malawi offering groups an opportunity to link with Local Schools, take on a Build Project and create long lasting links with inspiring Community Initiatives. RSC is committed to ensuring the benefits of tourism reach local communities with 1.5% of each booking donated to Community and Environmental projects within Malawi.

Socially Responsible Travel: The concept is simple – tourism generated income helps build sustainable solutions in local communities.

Where we operate

  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zanzibar

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Riding Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Self-Drive Holidays
  • Weddings

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

Socially Responsible Travel: The concept is simple – tourism generated income helps build sustainable solutions in local communities.

 

Responsible Travel: More than just ecotourism, responsible travel is an approach to tourism that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and helps local people to conserve fragile cultures and habitats.

Accommodation: Where possible, we try to avoid large international hotels in favour of small individual eco-lodges. This is so we can try to channel tourism generated income into local populations as much as possible.

Educational Information Packs: Through comprehensive travel packs we provide our clients with educational information on ecotourism, how it works and the benefits it brings to both the country and the travel industry as a whole.

Our Guides: Our guides receive ongoing training in conservation, environmental awareness, first aid and how best to guide you throughout your stay. Beyond this education they are experienced drivers and have a wealth of knowledge about all the little things that will make your trip unforgettable!

RSC Office and Staff: Our office has an environmental assessment policy. As a small office, waste, energy use and omissions are all kept to a minimum. We also employ Malawians as Safari Consultants, drivers and guides, helping to put money directly back into local hands.

Project Links: RSC has linked with a number of communities around Malawi working hand in hand with local projects to encourage eco-tourism initiatives. 

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES): By choosing to travel with The Responsible Safari Company you have shown your commitment to sustainable travel. We believe that a core element of sustainable travel is actively ensuring the future protection of the areas you visit. Malawi offers a beautiful and diverse landscape of mountains, forests, rivers and lakes as well as a rich cultural history and we want to keep it this way. To protect this diversity both for Malawians and international visitors we are committed to supporting efforts to ensure the protection of Malawi’s ecosystems through our ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme.’ (PES).

What is PES? 1.5% of your holiday cost will go towards paying for the conservation, protection and enhancement of the ecosystems you will benefit from during your stay in Malawi. For example your walks through the lush rainforest in central Malawi, your clean water swim in Lake Malawi, your hike up the forested slopes of Mount Mulanje or your visit to local community in rural Malawi.

Where does this donation go? RSC donates 100% of PES to local Malawian projects. These projects work towards ensuring the protection of Malawi's environment, the rich cultural fabric of rural communities and training for local community based organisations.

More Information on PES Please contact kate@responsiblesafaricompany.com

Any Room in Your Luggage:  A visit to a community project can be an incredibly rewarding experience, if you any room in luggage let us know and we will give you a list of much needed resources! You can either deliver these personally or leave them with your guide who will ensure they are given direct to the community initiative.

Awards & Certifications: In 2013 RSC has been shortlisted for the PURE Awards- recognising their unique style of sustainable tourism! In 2009 RSC was awarded a 2 star eco-certification from Sustainable Travel International. We are the first company in Africa to receive this recognition. In 2012 this award was renewed, highlighting RSC’s continued work within the eco-tourism field. RSC’s linked community visit projects have been chosen to be a part of a dynamic new programme by The Geotourism Development Foundation which aims to promote pro-poor tourism.

Environmental Sustainability Policy: If you would like to view The Responsible Safari Company’s Environmental Sustainability Policy please contact  kate@responsiblesafaricompany.com for further information. If you would like to find out about our projects and how you can support us, please click here. For more information about our approach to responsible, sustainable tourism, please contact our team.

News

01 April 2015

Global Development Workshops - Be Part of Something in 2015

The Responsible Safari Co. has designed two brand new itineraries for 2015 aimed at educating and engaging groups on vital development issues affecting the world today. The itineraries are based on Future Earth’s model of sustainable development and environmental conservation.  Groups can choose an all-encompassing overview of development, or an in-depth focus on one or two areas, including (though not limiā€¦

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