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Responsible tourism policy

Avo Orange aims to preserve the communities and environments we visit by supporting activities and projects that adhere to the following criteria.

Community sustainability
The community programs we support are those that are owned and managed by the community, or in partnership with a custodian, in order to preserve:

  • Human rights and dignity; and
  • Cultural integrity
  • Community projects currently supported include for example the following:

    Project Area Country Type
    The Living Museum of the Damara Twyfelfontein Namibia Community owned and operated
    Nakambale Museum Olukonda Namibia Community owned and operated
    Mafwe Living Museum Samsitu Lake Namibia Community owned and operated
    Mbunza Living Museum Samsitu Lake Namibia Community owned and operated
    Ju/’Hoansi Living Museum Maroelaboom Namibia Community owned and operated
    Khomani San settlement Askham South Africa Community owned and operated
    !Khwa ttu Sand settlement Yzerfontein South Africa Community owned and operated
    Umphakatsi Village Hlane Swaziland Community owned and operated

    Environmental sustainability
    Our foremost support is given to national parks, and our tours are planned accordingly.
    Private reserves are supported to the extent that they meet the following criteria:

  • The environment provided is as near as possible to natural habitat and territorial ranges; and
  • Interaction with wildlife is strictly limited to that which is necessary
  • We are opposed to the keeping of big cats in captivity, for the stated purposes of ‘conservation’.
    We DO NOT SUPPORT any project that allows big cat and human interaction.
    Private projects currently supported include the following:

     Project Area Country Type
    Wildlife ACT Parakurunga Botswana Conservation project – ecologist  managed
    Wildlife ACT Third Bridge Botswana Conservation project – ecologist  managed
    Thali Thali Langebaan South Africa Private game reserve – open vehicle viewing only

    In-house operation
    In-house, we operate in a manner commensurate with the Fairtrade principles. Our hope is to support others who currently do the same, and to inspire fence-sitting operations to change.