Venture East Africa was set up with one goal in mind: to bring adventurers from around the world to experience the glory of East Africa, with a focus on sustainable tourism and a support for local communities.
Sustainable Tourism is defined by the UN World Tourism Organisation as “…tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities…”.
At VEA, we don’t simply talk about Sustainable Travel for the sake of it – our passion for exploring the planet goes hand in hand with our desire to protect it. As a result, we’re committed to carbon reduction, wildlife protection and animal welfare and ensuring that the benefits of travel stay in local communities. We do this by creating a platform to support our clients, suppliers, employees and local communities to embrace responsible travel and sustainability.
Our sustainability policies are review quarterly, both internally and externally (through an approved, independent Sustainability Consultant). If you have any questions with regards to anything included in this document, please feel free email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is people who makes Venture East Africa what it is. Without our employees and network of partners across the region we would be unable to provide adventures with such unforgettable experiences. Therefore, we make sure all our employees and paid a living wage. We also only work with third parties who hold them selves to the highest standards.
Community and Animal Welfare
Connecting curious travellers with Indigenous communities is an essential part of our identity at VEA. We are committed to respecting the rights, history, and culture of Indigenous people while ensuring that tourism supports their well-being.
VEA recognizes the importance of animal welfare. That’s why we have worked with experts from World Animal Protection, The Jane Goodall Institute and The World Cetacean Alliance to draw up a robust policy, which builds on the ABTA Global Welfare Guidelines for Animals in Tourism and puts the needs of animals first. We want to ensure that all animals featured on our tours are treated humanely.
VEA is a proud supporter of the Keframa School Build, an ongoing project which aims to build a secondary for 500 children in northern Uganda. Operational since 2011, the school currently has over 220 students, all of whom are happy to have the chance to study and be part of the Keframa family. 2.5% of all profits made at VEA are donated to the Keframa School Build.
You can learn more about the Keframa School Build here.
Experiences & Activites
- We recommend that wherever possible, our adventurers join group safaris – this allows parties involved to travel together and reduce the emission of carbon dioxide that would normally ensue from solo travel.
- We use the Carmacal tool to measure our C02-consumption to understand the impact each of our tours has on the environment and climate. We then try to reduce the CO2 impact where possible to prevent the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) that are harmful to the climate.
- Avoiding air travel when possible. We encourage our adventurers to drive between safari parks if time permits, rather than taking chartered flights. We also incentivise the partner agencies which to use electric vehicles. These vehicles have the added benefit being soundless, providing a better opportunity to see the animals!
- Upholding the eco-friendly practice of Reduce! Reuse! And Recycle!