We love the rugged natural beauty of Kilimanjaro, and we want to do our part to help preserve it for future generations. Environmental responsibility is in Thomson’s DNA:
- Leave No Trace: We adhere to Leave No Trace travel ethics, removing all our waste on safari and Kilimanjaro treks, using only established trails and routes, and leaving the environment, and wildlife, as we found them. We’re so committed to the Leave No Trace ethic, we even pay our porters and guides bonuses to clean up after other trekkers. In the last year, we brought down over 400 lbs. of other trekkers’ trash!
- Eco-Friendly Camps: Our camps are totally portable (both on Kilimanjaro and on safari) with no fixed ground structures or plumbing. We move them seasonally to allow the land to recover. They’re lit with solar power throughout, and we use water-saving techniques that ensure we’re not harming this fragile environment
- Eco-Friendly Offices: Our Boston office sports an array of 110 solar panels, providing fully one-third of our power. In Tanzania, our trekking office maintains a pesticide-free organic garden that provides food for both employees and guests.
- Recycling Programs: East Africa currently has extremely limited recycling capabilities. That’s why we’re actively researching ways to recycle our glass, plastic, and metals there.
- Environmental Education: We work with the Green Living Project in an effort to educate individuals and communities on sustainable practices from around the world, with the goal of inspiring people to adopt eco-conscious methods in their own day-to-day lives.