Responsible Tourism

We are committed to responsible and sustainable tourism by reducing our carbon footprint. As well as being advocates for human rights and animal welfare. We believe you can enjoy a fabulous holiday whilst a responsible traveller.

We work with hotels and companies who want to keep the landscape, wildlife, people and local culture protected while tourism provides growth for the area.

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We will strive to offer you eco-friendly resorts that are committed to supporting the local communities and environment. There are many luxury resorts that we have relationships with, for example Santiburi Koh Samui, which is a wonderful 5-star hotel that has been certified as a carbon neutral resort resulting in no impact on the environment around. Six Senses resorts filter their own water and provide this to their guests, thereby completely replacing the need for plastic bottles. In many of their resorts they have adopted a zero-waste policy, meaning all materials have a new purpose. These are just two examples of resorts which support the natural environment and the precious culture of the countries that are visited. We offer a range of holidays that support sustainable tourism.

We believe that it is important to minimise the carbon footprint of all the holidays that we offer and so therefore we donate to two charities every time our customers travel with us. We also ask for a voluntary donation from our clients to reduce their footprint.

Charities We Support

Tree Aid www.treeaid.org has partnered with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification to grow trees across the drylands of Africa. The aim is to develop the Great Green Wall. Our donations contribute towards providing local communities with the expertise to plant, nurture and cultivate trees which provide nuts and fruits and help people out of poverty whilst also protecting their environment. Trees are essential to improve the soil, protect against erosion, increase biodiversity and help combat the effects of climate change. The work of Tree Aid is carried out throughout the drylands of Africa in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and some parts of Ethiopia.

TREE AID helps people in the drylands of Africa to lift themselves out of poverty and protect their environment. People here live in some of the toughest conditions on earth and trees are essential to their survival. Trees provide nutrition, generate income and help to create a healthy environment. TREE AID works with local communities to help them protect and grow trees, for themselves and for future generations. Working across the drylands of Africa, we have planted over 17 million trees, supported 8 million people and all our work contributes to the Great Green Wall project.

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Just a Drop www.justadrop.org provides sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects which transform lives, especially for women, who are usually the main water collectors. The charity helps with the construction of hand dug and drilled wells, rainwater harvesting systems, latrines, health and sanitation programmes. 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean water globally and 2 billion people do not have adequate sanitation. Just a Drop has sustainable projects in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Uganda and Zambia. Clean water and sanitation improves health and leads to a brighter future for the next generation. They have recently developed food security and micro- finance programmes which further support community development.

Travel is a wonderful thing and to do it with as little impact on the environment as possible makes it even more rewarding and enjoyable.

Animal Welfare

At WoodBerry Travel we are passionate about animals. We are committed to promoting the protection of wildlife that our clients come into contact with when booking a trip or excursion through us. If any element of your holiday brings you into close contact with wildlife, we will check your booking with companies such as the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and renowned wildlife charities, to make sure your trip is supporting the welfare and conservation of wildlife and not exploiting it.

On our holidays you can still see these glorious animals in their natural habitat but in locations where conservation and protection of these animals in in place to keep them going for generations to come.

Sustainable Hotels

With sustainability coming such a worldwide issue there are some incredible projects and hotels addressing this head on. Some of these wonderful eco hotels have made changes including only use local food for their meals.

Food miles count for a lot and being able to cut them down is a massive start for hotels. Many hotels we have visited and recommend are now being constructed with local natural building materials. It not only contributes to the local community but keeps the feel of the hotel or resort to location specific and more authentic of the area.

There are some fantastic initiatives around the world from hotels who are working to look after the natural habitat of the location including animal welfare. There are hotels working to clean their seas and beaches to reintroduce animals like turtles. Others are running programmes to bring animals back from the brink of extinction. Many hotels and resorts are also supporting the local areas and villages and investing in the community. Many of the hotels will love you to join them in what they are doing. Find out more about these locations by contacting us.

Read about Eco holidays and a few of our recommendations of where to go.

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