Hong Kong has the big city specials like smog, odour, 14 million elbows and an insane love of clatter. But it's also efficient, hushed and peaceful: the transport network is excellent, the shopping centres are sublime, and the temples and quiet corners of parks are contemplative oases. The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting flummoxed and fired by the confluences ...



Responsible Travel

Climbing Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world - involves climbing from the equatorial heat to near Artic conditions on the summit. Maybe this is not for you and you prefer to take a Serengeti Safari across the legendary plains and onto the huge Lake Victoria. Then there are the Tanzanian Islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba which boast to have some of the best beaches and unspoiled diving offered anywhere in Africa. Tanzania not only has it all ? it has it with style - a uniquely African style. Tanzania is a full on assault on all your senses in the best possible way.Responsible tourism requires you to simply relax and enjoy your safari.

You don't actually have to do anything. The profits generated by safaris can go to help the communities in Tanzania. Take time when booking a safari to make sure the company you use are genuinely helping the people of the places you are visiting. Charities are increasingly looking to become self finding, this means becoming leaner and becoming more responsible, becoming a business. Bethel Adventures and Afriko Club, for example, are two charities that use tourism to fund community projects.

All the funds raised through tourism go toward building schools, clinics and caring for young children who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves. Full details are available through the websites of these charities.Visitors are encourage to take an hour or two, even a day or two if there is a genuine interest in the projects ? to visit the Community Initiatives and to spend time to see what is being achieved. If not don't worry just enjoy your safari and know you are making a difference.

These two companies are not safari companies that help the community ? they are a professionally run charities that allow the community to build itself a brighter future through tourism. These companies offer boutique style safaris and specialize in showing clients the real Africa in style, comfort and safety. All the profits remain in Tanzania and all the profits go into the community.Therefore, we encourage you to come to Tanzania and enjoy yourself. By simply relaxing and enjoying your safari you can help.

It is not these new style charities making the difference you are making the difference by visiting Tanzania and taking care to use a company that is committed to building a stronger community.

.For more information on safaris and community initiatives can be found on the following website http://www.

betheladventure.co.uk - alternatively contact me at ianhugh@gmail.com ? use tourism to change lives.

By: Ian Williamson

Travel Hong Kong

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