Sustainable Treks


Photo by Joe Crump

Photo by Joe Crump

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 insist on adhering to Leave No Trace travel ethics, which means removing all waste on safari and Kilimanjaro treks, using only established trails and routes, and leaving the environment, and wildlife, undisturbed. We’re so committed to the Leave No Trace ethic that porters and guides on Thomson treks are paid bonuses to clean up after other trekkers. In the last year, this initiative brought down over 400 lbs. of other trekkers’ trash!
  • Eco-Friendly Camps: Your camps are totally portable (both on Kilimanjaro and on safari) with no fixed ground structures or plumbing. They’re moved seasonally to allow the land to recover. They’re lit with solar power throughout, and use water-saving techniques to ensure they’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: While very few organizations recycle in East Africa due to extremely limited capabilities, we are excited to announce our partnership with one of the very first comprehensive recycling companies in northern Tanzania, TENA Recycling.
  • 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.

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