Responsible Travel in Africa | Sense Africa

Responsible Travel in Africa

Travelling is a privilege and there are so many extraordinary things to experience. Whilst travelling we can have a positive impact on the economy, local communities and the environment. And in doing so, you are a responsible tourist travelling with respect and sensitivity to your local environment.

Sense Africa does its best to use accommodation and other in-country services which provide assistance to local community initiatives or supports local conservation projects. In our minds, responsible travel is an important part of your holiday to Africa.


  1. Ask before taking photographs of local people. If you have a digital camera, then please show your pictures. Not only is this polite, but it also can break the ice and encourage conversation.
  2. Please buy handicrafts and souvenirs from local stalls rather than imported souvenirs from neighbouring countries. In doing so you are directly supporting the local communities and encouraging local initiatives which are reliant on tourism.
  3. Please don’t buy souvenirs made from endangered species such as ivory and ebony.


Cultural exchange in Eswatini

  1. Learn a few words of the local language, it shows respect for the culture and helps you to integrate into the local community.
  2. Respect local customs, wear appropriate clothing and behave in an appropriate manner.
  3. Sense Africa can organise for you to give donations to a local school or community. There are certain channels to give gifts in an appropriate and fair manner, and we can advise you on the best way to do this.
  4. Importantly, don’t give sweets to children. This encourage begging, and it isn’t healthy in the long run with lack of dental care in Africa.



  1. Water is a scarcity so be aware of your water usage; take shorter showers and don’t leave the tap running whilst cleaning your teeth.
  2. Buy biodegradable products such as shampoo and soap – be sensitive to the environmental impact that other products cause.
  3. Switch off lights and reduce electricity output to a minimum.
  4. Don’t leave any litter, it destroys the fragile ecosystem and has a negative effect on tourism. Appropriate ways for removing litter will be provided, or simply but it in your bag and dispose of it at your accommodation. Litter also includes cigarette butts which are poisonous to the wildlife and, if still lit, can have catastrophic consequences.
  5. You’ll be able to obtain incredible photographs. Please don’t ask guides to get closer to animals for that ultimate photo. Savour the experience and respect the wildlife.

We have an impact wherever we go and whatever we do, let’s make it a positive one.