At Roy Safaris we strongly believe in giving back to the community that we operate in. It is therefore of prime importance to us that we place consideration for our local communities and environment at the heart of our business strategy. To create a sustainable, professional and transparent community support programme, we have founded Sasha Foundation, a registered charitable initiative. It is primarily funded by Roy Safaris Ltd, The African Tulip Ltd, our clients and local supporters.
Our strategy: Roy Safaris places huge importance on creating sustainable communities that balance human development with environmental protection. We have placed the following issues at the core of our outreach work:-
- Education: We believe that education is a necessity and not a privilege. We believe our children need to be equipped with the necessary education, skills and training in order to meet the development needs of our communities. Roy Safaris is actively engaged in building classrooms, resourcing nurseries and other initiatives to support children from low-income families in Karatu, a district close to many safari attractions.
- Water: Access to clean water is critical for both urban and rural settlements. Where water supplies are limited, women and children often walk long distances to find a source. In conjunction with World Serve International, Angel Mission and the Sasha Foundation we have supported a well project in Karatu.
- Reforestation: Farming, firewood needs and charcoal production can often lead to uncontrolled tree cutting. This has far-reaching impacts on the ecosystem. Around Karatu, the Eucalyptus tree, planted for firewood, have become an invasive species. Roy Safaris has acquired land bordering the Ngorongoro Forest, which was heavily infested with Eucalyptus trees. We have completely removed Eucalyptus trees. By the end April 2012, we will have planted 21,000 indigenous trees.
- Carbon emission: Roy Safaris continually works to minimize its carbon footprint. We work to ensure our vehicles are well maintained and use suitable fuel to achieve this goal.