Travel Tanzania responsibly
Some advice to consider
Do not hand out money, clothes, ball points, sweets or whatever to children. How cute and poor they might be, it encourages begging and a distorted view of tourists. Instead show genuine interest and play and talk with these kids.
If you want to bring goods, your lodge owner is a good source of advice. They know how to distribute it best. We personally think it is better if you leave it up to them, instead of playing Santa Claus and donating in person. Same applies for leaving stuff behind in your room. Better to give it to the lodge owner, than leave it for the maid to find, which might cause friction among the staff.
Most lodges have a tipping box and distribute the tips equally among all the staff. If you enjoyed the service, just be generous and contribute to the tipping box. As for your driver or guide, tipping is highly appreciated.
Giving back more
You will not be the first roadtripper moved by the fact that Tanzania and its people have given such a warm welcome, and you want to show your appreciation. Below are a few initiatives which you can sponsor. These are local, sustainable initiatives that are well managed, of which we know your money will be well spent.
PAMS Foundation Tanzania
They have anti-poaching initiatives and also protection of wild animals when they move outside of the National parks.
The Plaster House
They provide care to children who have undergone major surgeries.
The School of St Jude
They provide free high quality education to children around Tanzania.
A social enterprise that offers work experience and jobs to disabled people.
About Roadtrip Africa
We think that a sustainable contribution to a developing country such as Tanzania is conducting business in a fair way; creating durable jobs and being good to your employees. This is what we are doing at Roadtrip Africa. As the company grows, our employees are enjoying this growth through earnings, welfare and capacity building. We are not going to brag about training and fun team outings that we do. We find these activities normal in The Netherlands and therefore also normal in the countries where we operate. We are a team of happy people and we hope to be an example for the tourism sector in East Africa.