Responsible Travel Experiences

The greatest joy of travel is of course to experience. Both planned and unplanned, experiences are what allow us to connect to the soul of a new destination, and of its people and landscapes.

We aim to facilitate insightful and eye-opening experiences for you, connecting with humankind at a deeper level, where you’re embracing unfamiliar territory, and learning something completely new about a culture or environment, as well as about yourself.

Responsible Travel Experiences

The greatest joy of travel is of course to experience. Both planned and unplanned, experiences are what allow us to connect to the soul of a new destination, and of its people and landscapes.

We aim to facilitate insightful and eye-opening experiences for you, connecting with humankind at a deeper level, where you’re embracing unfamiliar territory, and learning something completely new about a culture or environment, as well as about yourself.

The best travel experience is when you go home a little challenged and a little changed, grateful and inspired. We want you to have a treasure chest of memories that stir a desire in you to make a positive impact in your own lives that can benefit the global community.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

There are usually many wonderful unplanned, surprise experience on your journey with us that may create a desire to have a positive impact, yet we believe we also have a responsibility and an opportunity.

When adding planned activities into your tailor-made itineraries, we ask ourselves the question whether that experience will have a direct positive impact on the communities and environment that you are visiting.

We want experiences to be as enjoyable as they are responsible, and so for this reason, we find we are always constantly seeking out unique activities that are honest, raw, challenge the status quo and often go off-the-beaten path. That’s probably how we put the enchanting into the travels!

Whatever your interests, fitness level or travel style, we have a responsible travel experience for you. Why not browse a few of our favorites?

Travel lightly

Travel in its own right is not always the most sustainable activity we can be doing. However, the mode of which we travel can make a difference.

What we call a safari today – in which we witness wildlife in their natural landscape – has been around since the 19th century. Those first safaris would have taken place by foot, boat or atop an animal. With more safari camps looking to be more environmentally responsible, these traditional approaches are once again in fashion.

Walking safaris & bush walks

Across many of our wildlife destinations, you can venture out on a walking safari. Accompanied by expert naturalists who have your safety as a top priority, this experience allows you to be intimate with your surroundings, where you can look out for signs such as prints and shrubs that allow you to successfully track the wildlife, and learn about the local botany.

There are a few walking tours we provide that are focused on the culture, such as our much-loved Foodies on Foot tour of the winelands in South Africa!

Ø  We recommend: A walking safari in the dry woodlands of remote Lake Eyasi in Tanzania with the Hadzabe people, one of the last Bushmen ethnic peoples existing in the modern world.

Water-based activities

Rivers and oceans are ideal spots to enjoy low-impact leisure activities, as long as they are done well.

 

You could relax in the natural hot springs of Japan, go kayaking with penguins in South Africa, or cliff diving in Mauritius!

 

A boat safari, such as a mokoro safari in Botswana, dhow sailing in Zimbabwe, canoeing in the Amazon, or a rowing boat in Asia, provides you with the opportunity to discover wildlife and meet the culture of waterways that would otherwise not be accessible by land.

Horse riding safaris

Going horseback allows you not only to observe the landscapes but maintains a traditional way of life, particularly in Argentina with the renowned gaucho culture of South America.

Hiking, trekking and climbing

Feet are a responsible traveler’s best friend. You may wish to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Everest in India, or volcanoes in Indonesia. Or perhaps you would prefer a gentle amble in a forest in Laos or plantation in Sri Lanka, or a hike in rural Rwanda? We provide an array of hiking, trekking and climbing experiences that suit your fitness level and physical ability.

We recommend: Climb Mount Kenya, which is a low environmental impact experience that gets you close to nature. All your climbing support crew are local, and this activity provides crucial employment in Kenya.

Bicycle tours

A bicycle allows you to observe new destinations ecologically and at a slower pace so that you can fully breathe in your surroundings. In many of the cities that we offer we can provide you with a bicycle tour as an alternative to days spent going from A to B in a car. We also offer bicycle tours out of the city – whether it is through vineyards in Chile, villages in rural Indonesia and Tanzania, or through the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Go off the beaten path

Avoid contributing to overtourism with a simple solution: head where few tread! When offered responsibly, not only does this tend to support local communities who benefit from an income source they otherwise wouldn’t receive, it also provides you with a unique and – as is our wish – enchanting experience that is hard to replicate. We work hard to discover remote regions in which we can offer a range of authentic experiences.

Village visits & markets

A plethora of village visits await you in our enchanting world. You may want to encounter the Himba people of southern Africa, a unique stilt village in the Mekong Delta of southeast Asia, or a skilled potter’s village in rural India. The hub of many rural regions is of the market, and you can enjoy a guided experience delving into this everyday experience that can provide much insight into other ways of life. Stallholders and shopkeepers often welcome new faces. With the night markets of Thailand and the bustling alleyways of pungent spices in India, every market is unique. You might be surprised by the offerings at the Witches’ Market in Bolivia, or just how many varieties of potato are on offer in Peru.

Ø  We recommend: Explore an authentic Maasai village to appreciate the traditional pastoralist sub-tribes of East Africa. These visits benefit the local community through support for education and health project and enabling communities to purchase additional land to ease grazing pressure.

Local farm or plantation visits

The farming community of our world are unsung heroes, as they nourish and clothe us. When you visit a small-scale farm, you learn just as much about yourself as you do about low-impact agricultural practices adopted in different parts of the world. As you visit a cocoa plantation in Ecuador, a tea plantation in Malawi, a rice farm in Lao, or an organic cotton field in India, you may just find yourself pondering over human history and our plight for survival.

Meet local families

There’s always value in sitting down and having a conversation with local people – and there’s nowhere quite as worthwhile as a visit to a family home. Even if you don’t include a homestay experience within your enchanting experience, you can still have the opportunity to meet local families, perhaps by enjoying a traditional meal with them. Many of our guests have been invited to the homes of their guides and chauffeurs during the journey and become lifelong pen pals!

Local enterprise & living traditions

Often the most exciting businesses are lesser-known socially responsible enterprises that exist purely to serve a small community. Visiting and learning about how such enterprises were established and function provide great takeaways for how we can all run business for good. Many artistic traditions have already been lost due to disinterest or limited commercial value. We believe in keeping skills alive by providing you a chance to visit deserving artisans and try your hand at the craft for yourself. You might like to discover how lacquerware or paper lanterns are made in Vietnam, or the ancient arts of block printing and bronze sculpting in India.

Ø  We recommend: Visit The Seaweed Co. in Zanzibar, which provides female seaweed farmers with the opportunity to improve their personal standards of living by providing our accommodation partner Zuri Zanzibar with its organic toiletries.

Wilderness camping & stargazing

Embrace the vastness of savannas and deserts by going wilderness camping, often known as fly camping. Stay a night or two under simple canvas in a remote destination, where you can leave no trace but take away a treasure chest of memories. These are often thrilling, adventurous experiences simply because they are so far removed from modern society. The evening entertainment is often the simple pleasure of sprawling night skies of stars, and we have many experiences in Africa where you can sleep in unique ‘Star Beds’ in the most breathtaking locations.

Ø  We recommend: It costs nothing to stare at the skies. In some destinations, such as San Pedro de Atacama Desert in Chile, you can take it a step further with a visit to an observatory where you can meet passionate astronomers.

Immerse yourself in culture

Culture continually evolves with the passing of time, but certain customs have barely changed for centuries and we wish to celebrate this. It is not that we wish to hang onto the past, but history can guide us in the present day, helping us to understand the world around us. How do we serve up culture? Well, it’s often in the everyday – in the food we eat and languages we speak, the music we play, and in artistic treats.

Cooking classes and street food tours

Hands-on and demonstration cooking classes provide a lively cultural encounter with native ingredients and local cuisines. Concluding with eating the meals you have prepared, there is always plenty of time to connect with your host. You might wish to do this in Zanzibar or in a plethora of Asian countries, which include a food tour of age-old shops that promote local suppliers. One of our most popular experiences for our foodie travelers are our street food tours, where you can tuck into safe and hygienic street food with your expert guide.

Ø  We recommend: Join a women’s cooperative in Rwanda and help bake delicious bread in a local bakery! All the products use local ingredients without any artificial additives. You also can accompany the women to help them sell their products in nearby village markets.

Street walk tours

The cultural beat is often found on the street. Why not walk with a former street kid who has now been trained as a professional local guide? You can learn about where they would sleep, their challenges and stories? These experiences are a unique insight into what living on the streets was like. We currently offer these downtown tours in the capitals of Kenya and India through our trusted NGO partners, who are dedicated to rescuing and caring for street children.

Street walks

Almost half of the world’s population live in poverty, and 8% live in extreme poverty. An important lesson in understanding and combatting this reality is through connection with individuals who are willing to share. We offer a carefully-selected collection of experiences that we feel positively benefit families living in these communities. Our knowledgeable guides are from the neighborhoods so they can promote a dialogue between our guests and community members in South Africa, Kenya and India, and ensure that the experience is meaningful for both host and guest.

Language classes

The best way to connect with people is to know the lingo. Learn the local language in the country is always good fun, especially with a local teacher who can show you not only just how to converse during your trip, but also to guide you on how to interact with locals while observing cultural nuances.

Craft workshops

There are numerous workshops that allow you to get crafty with Enchanting Travels. You might want to learn the art of calligraphy in Japan, pottery in India or lokta paper-making in Nepal. If chatting with your teachers is not enough of treasure to take home with you, these experiences usually allow you to take a homemade treasure with you.

Ø  We recommend: Experience a two-hour jewelry-making workshop with a group of women from Kenya’s Kibera Slum. The ladies handcraft earrings, necklaces, bags and bracelets as a way to generate income for their families.

School visits

We are able to arrange visits to a local school and invite guests to come prepared to deliver inspiring talks, or be willing to share useful life skills with children, be it through classroom lessons or play in the school yard. We especially encourage educators who are seeking to observe different teaching methods. We believe children should be engaged in meaningful activities with our guests, and that any visits do not hinder education or normal daily routines. Similarly, we always remind our staff and guests not to favor one individual over another. School visits are only ever conducted with permission from the school and are subject to the school’s availability, including holidays and local festivals, with which dates do vary year to year.

Historic lessons

We can learn a lot from our past. History provides wisdom. We might benefit from repeating mistakes, or understanding why a particular culture ticks. Some of these experiences are transformational and thought-provoking, some of them are deeply touching. We arrange experiences that we believe promote global citizenship and care. We can take you to the house of Mother Teresa or to places of interest related to the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi in India. Visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia or the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, to understand the atrocity that genocide and ethnic cleansing brings and also the resilience that the survivors hold. Discover the Củ Chi tunnels of Vietnam where Viet Cong soldiers would hide during combat in the Vietnam War.

Take a walk on the wild side

Do you forget as you stroll through the urban jungle that we are just one of many species on Earth? Then we invite you to join and journey with us into the wild where you can encounter from a safe distance some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna.

Wilderness conservation

We are firm believers that wildlife experiences should only be offered if they are contributing to the education and conservation of the animals being observed. With so many endangered species now co-habiting the earth with us, a vacation is the perfect opportunity to learn about and support wildlife. We are offer fully-fledged volunteering experiences that can last several days or weeks, to one-off half day experiences.

You might wish to visit an Orang Utan sanctuary in Indonesia that rescue and care for the critically endangered orphaned Borneo orangutans. Or head out on a tiger safari in India that protects these regal cats from poaching.

Ø  We recommend: For those seeking a truly life-changing experience, then we recommend our experience in Matops and Hwange in Zimbabwe with mother-africa.org, in which you can be involved in bush life, conservation and research. Aside from supporting African children by building school facilities and being involved in food programs, you can also learn about medicinal shrubs, help with the running of a home, assist in searing for new San art during archaeological digs, and being part of the research team for the vulnerable Ground Hornbill.

Elephant rescue

We are passionate about rescuing elephants that have been exploited by tourism and overwork, or are injured, and are now offering an alternative approach to caring for them in their natural environment. We offer a range of experiences where you can spend a half or full day at an elephant rescue camp in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Sri Lanka, where you can learn about these gentle giants. In addition to supporting the elephants, these experiences protect the land and resources and employ local people.

Gorilla trekking

Heading on a trek to observe endangered gorillas in the wild of Rwanda and Uganda can help sustain the funds required for their conservation. We couple these experiences with expert guides and community-integrated projects that protect and economically support the local indigenous people who co-exist with gorillas in these natural habitats.

Our Responsible Partners

In order to deliver authentic experiences that directly benefit the local people and environment, aside from our own arranged experiences and those through our accommodation partners, we also have selected a couple of partners we are happy to be associated with.

I Like Local

I Like Local is an organisation that provides experiences focused on bridging the gap of different cultures by bringing visitors together with local people so that deep connections and lasting memories are formed. Like Enchanting Travels, I Like Local believes in the transformational power of travel. All the travel experiences ensure there is a positive social impact for the communities in the destination you visit with us. Local people can improve their quality of their life and help strengthen the local economy as 100% of the money that the local people requested is paid directly to them.

One Horizon

One Horizon is an organisation dedicated to assisting the poorest people in Kenya through humanitarian projects in their own centers throughout the country. Most of the projects are focused on empowering women, many of whom have been homeless or struggled to support their families. What we love about One Horizon is that you will meet people and places of Kenya that the typical tourist would never meet, and because of this really welcome their guests. As a visitor, you will not only be helping to change their lives but have loads of fun, filled with smiles and laughter. One of our favorite projects is Go Granny Go, which has helped elderly ladies to start their own businesses. While spending a day with the women on their farm and enjoying a lunch in their home, you will also be gifting a piglet or a couple of chicks while you are there. Some of these women were previously working in fields to support their orphaned grandchildren.

Responsible Travel Experiences

The greatest joy of travel is of course to experience. Both planned and unplanned, experiences are what allow us to connect to the soul of a new destination, and of its people and landscapes.

We aim to facilitate insightful and eye-opening experiences for you, connecting with humankind at a deeper level, where you’re embracing unfamiliar territory, and learning something completely new about a culture or environment, as well as about yourself.

The best travel experience is when you go home a little challenged and a little changed, grateful and inspired. We want you to have a treasure chest of memories that stir a desire in you to make a positive impact in your own lives that can benefit the global community.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

There are usually many wonderful unplanned, surprise experience on your journey with us that may create a desire to have a positive impact, yet we believe we also have a responsibility and an opportunity.

When adding planned activities into your tailor-made itineraries, we ask ourselves the question whether that experience will have a direct positive impact on the communities and environment that you are visiting.

We want experiences to be as enjoyable as they are responsible, and so for this reason, we find we are always constantly seeking out unique activities that are honest, raw, challenge the status quo and often go off-the-beaten path. That’s probably how we put the enchanting into the travels!

Whatever your interests, fitness level or travel style, we have a responsible travel experience for you. Why not browse a few of our favorites?

Travel lightly

Travel in its own right is not always the most sustainable activity we can be doing. However, the mode of which we travel can make a difference.

What we call a safari today – in which we witness wildlife in their natural landscape – has been around since the 19th century. Those first safaris would have taken place by foot, boat or atop an animal. With more safari camps looking to be more environmentally responsible, these traditional approaches are once again in fashion.

Walking safaris & bush walks

Across many of our wildlife destinations, you can venture out on a walking safari. Accompanied by expert naturalists who have your safety as a top priority, this experience allows you to be intimate with your surroundings, where you can look out for signs such as prints and shrubs that allow you to successfully track the wildlife, and learn about the local botany.

There are a few walking tours we provide that are focused on the culture, such as our much-loved Foodies on Foot tour of the winelands in South Africa!

Ø  We recommend: A walking safari in the dry woodlands of remote Lake Eyasi in Tanzania with the Hadzabe people, one of the last Bushmen ethnic peoples existing in the modern world.

Water-based activities

Rivers and oceans are ideal spots to enjoy low-impact leisure activities, as long as they are done well.

 

You could relax in the natural hot springs of Japan, go kayaking with penguins in South Africa, or cliff diving in Mauritius!

 

A boat safari, such as a mokoro safari in Botswana, dhow sailing in Zimbabwe, canoeing in the Amazon, or a rowing boat in Asia, provides you with the opportunity to discover wildlife and meet the culture of waterways that would otherwise not be accessible by land.

Horse riding safaris

Going horseback allows you not only to observe the landscapes but maintains a traditional way of life, particularly in Argentina with the renowned gaucho culture of South America.

Hiking, trekking and climbing

Feet are a responsible traveler’s best friend. You may wish to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Everest in India, or volcanoes in Indonesia. Or perhaps you would prefer a gentle amble in a forest in Laos or plantation in Sri Lanka, or a hike in rural Rwanda? We provide an array of hiking, trekking and climbing experiences that suit your fitness level and physical ability.

We recommend: Climb Mount Kenya, which is a low environmental impact experience that gets you close to nature. All your climbing support crew are local, and this activity provides crucial employment in Kenya.

Bicycle tours

A bicycle allows you to observe new destinations ecologically and at a slower pace so that you can fully breathe in your surroundings. In many of the cities that we offer we can provide you with a bicycle tour as an alternative to days spent going from A to B in a car. We also offer bicycle tours out of the city – whether it is through vineyards in Chile, villages in rural Indonesia and Tanzania, or through the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Go off the beaten path

Avoid contributing to overtourism with a simple solution: head where few tread! When offered responsibly, not only does this tend to support local communities who benefit from an income source they otherwise wouldn’t receive, it also provides you with a unique and – as is our wish – enchanting experience that is hard to replicate. We work hard to discover remote regions in which we can offer a range of authentic experiences.

Village visits & markets

A plethora of village visits await you in our enchanting world. You may want to encounter the Himba people of southern Africa, a unique stilt village in the Mekong Delta of southeast Asia, or a skilled potter’s village in rural India. The hub of many rural regions is of the market, and you can enjoy a guided experience delving into this everyday experience that can provide much insight into other ways of life. Stallholders and shopkeepers often welcome new faces. With the night markets of Thailand and the bustling alleyways of pungent spices in India, every market is unique. You might be surprised by the offerings at the Witches’ Market in Bolivia, or just how many varieties of potato are on offer in Peru.

Ø  We recommend: Explore an authentic Maasai village to appreciate the traditional pastoralist sub-tribes of East Africa. These visits benefit the local community through support for education and health project and enabling communities to purchase additional land to ease grazing pressure.

Local farm or plantation visits

The farming community of our world are unsung heroes, as they nourish and clothe us. When you visit a small-scale farm, you learn just as much about yourself as you do about low-impact agricultural practices adopted in different parts of the world. As you visit a cocoa plantation in Ecuador, a tea plantation in Malawi, a rice farm in Lao, or an organic cotton field in India, you may just find yourself pondering over human history and our plight for survival.

Meet local families

There’s always value in sitting down and having a conversation with local people – and there’s nowhere quite as worthwhile as a visit to a family home. Even if you don’t include a homestay experience within your enchanting experience, you can still have the opportunity to meet local families, perhaps by enjoying a traditional meal with them. Many of our guests have been invited to the homes of their guides and chauffeurs during the journey and become lifelong pen pals!

Local enterprise & living traditions

Often the most exciting businesses are lesser-known socially responsible enterprises that exist purely to serve a small community. Visiting and learning about how such enterprises were established and function provide great takeaways for how we can all run business for good. Many artistic traditions have already been lost due to disinterest or limited commercial value. We believe in keeping skills alive by providing you a chance to visit deserving artisans and try your hand at the craft for yourself. You might like to discover how lacquerware or paper lanterns are made in Vietnam, or the ancient arts of block printing and bronze sculpting in India.

Ø  We recommend: Visit The Seaweed Co. in Zanzibar, which provides female seaweed farmers with the opportunity to improve their personal standards of living by providing our accommodation partner Zuri Zanzibar with its organic toiletries.

Wilderness camping & stargazing

Embrace the vastness of savannas and deserts by going wilderness camping, often known as fly camping. Stay a night or two under simple canvas in a remote destination, where you can leave no trace but take away a treasure chest of memories. These are often thrilling, adventurous experiences simply because they are so far removed from modern society. The evening entertainment is often the simple pleasure of sprawling night skies of stars, and we have many experiences in Africa where you can sleep in unique ‘Star Beds’ in the most breathtaking locations.

Ø  We recommend: It costs nothing to stare at the skies. In some destinations, such as San Pedro de Atacama Desert in Chile, you can take it a step further with a visit to an observatory where you can meet passionate astronomers.

Immerse yourself in culture

Culture continually evolves with the passing of time, but certain customs have barely changed for centuries and we wish to celebrate this. It is not that we wish to hang onto the past, but history can guide us in the present day, helping us to understand the world around us. How do we serve up culture? Well, it’s often in the everyday – in the food we eat and languages we speak, the music we play, and in artistic treats.

Cooking classes and street food tours

Hands-on and demonstration cooking classes provide a lively cultural encounter with native ingredients and local cuisines. Concluding with eating the meals you have prepared, there is always plenty of time to connect with your host. You might wish to do this in Zanzibar or in a plethora of Asian countries, which include a food tour of age-old shops that promote local suppliers. One of our most popular experiences for our foodie travelers are our street food tours, where you can tuck into safe and hygienic street food with your expert guide.

Ø  We recommend: Join a women’s cooperative in Rwanda and help bake delicious bread in a local bakery! All the products use local ingredients without any artificial additives. You also can accompany the women to help them sell their products in nearby village markets.

Street walk tours

The cultural beat is often found on the street. Why not walk with a former street kid who has now been trained as a professional local guide? You can learn about where they would sleep, their challenges and stories? These experiences are a unique insight into what living on the streets was like. We currently offer these downtown tours in the capitals of Kenya and India through our trusted NGO partners, who are dedicated to rescuing and caring for street children.

Street walks

Almost half of the world’s population live in poverty, and 8% live in extreme poverty. An important lesson in understanding and combatting this reality is through connection with individuals who are willing to share. We offer a carefully-selected collection of experiences that we feel positively benefit families living in these communities. Our knowledgeable guides are from the neighborhoods so they can promote a dialogue between our guests and community members in South Africa, Kenya and India, and ensure that the experience is meaningful for both host and guest.

Language classes

The best way to connect with people is to know the lingo. Learn the local language in the country is always good fun, especially with a local teacher who can show you not only just how to converse during your trip, but also to guide you on how to interact with locals while observing cultural nuances.

Craft workshops

There are numerous workshops that allow you to get crafty with Enchanting Travels. You might want to learn the art of calligraphy in Japan, pottery in India or lokta paper-making in Nepal. If chatting with your teachers is not enough of treasure to take home with you, these experiences usually allow you to take a homemade treasure with you.

Ø  We recommend: Experience a two-hour jewelry-making workshop with a group of women from Kenya’s Kibera Slum. The ladies handcraft earrings, necklaces, bags and bracelets as a way to generate income for their families.

School visits

We are able to arrange visits to a local school and invite guests to come prepared to deliver inspiring talks, or be willing to share useful life skills with children, be it through classroom lessons or play in the school yard. We especially encourage educators who are seeking to observe different teaching methods. We believe children should be engaged in meaningful activities with our guests, and that any visits do not hinder education or normal daily routines. Similarly, we always remind our staff and guests not to favor one individual over another. School visits are only ever conducted with permission from the school and are subject to the school’s availability, including holidays and local festivals, with which dates do vary year to year.

Historic lessons

We can learn a lot from our past. History provides wisdom. We might benefit from repeating mistakes, or understanding why a particular culture ticks. Some of these experiences are transformational and thought-provoking, some of them are deeply touching. We arrange experiences that we believe promote global citizenship and care. We can take you to the house of Mother Teresa or to places of interest related to the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi in India. Visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia or the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, to understand the atrocity that genocide and ethnic cleansing brings and also the resilience that the survivors hold. Discover the Củ Chi tunnels of Vietnam where Viet Cong soldiers would hide during combat in the Vietnam War.

Take a walk on the wild side

Do you forget as you stroll through the urban jungle that we are just one of many species on Earth? Then we invite you to join and journey with us into the wild where you can encounter from a safe distance some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna.

Wilderness conservation

We are firm believers that wildlife experiences should only be offered if they are contributing to the education and conservation of the animals being observed. With so many endangered species now co-habiting the earth with us, a vacation is the perfect opportunity to learn about and support wildlife. We are offer fully-fledged volunteering experiences that can last several days or weeks, to one-off half day experiences.

You might wish to visit an Orang Utan sanctuary in Indonesia that rescue and care for the critically endangered orphaned Borneo orangutans. Or head out on a tiger safari in India that protects these regal cats from poaching.

Ø  We recommend: For those seeking a truly life-changing experience, then we recommend our experience in Matops and Hwange in Zimbabwe with mother-africa.org, in which you can be involved in bush life, conservation and research. Aside from supporting African children by building school facilities and being involved in food programs, you can also learn about medicinal shrubs, help with the running of a home, assist in searing for new San art during archaeological digs, and being part of the research team for the vulnerable Ground Hornbill.

Elephant rescue

We are passionate about rescuing elephants that have been exploited by tourism and overwork, or are injured, and are now offering an alternative approach to caring for them in their natural environment. We offer a range of experiences where you can spend a half or full day at an elephant rescue camp in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Sri Lanka, where you can learn about these gentle giants. In addition to supporting the elephants, these experiences protect the land and resources and employ local people.

Gorilla trekking

Heading on a trek to observe endangered gorillas in the wild of Rwanda and Uganda can help sustain the funds required for their conservation. We couple these experiences with expert guides and community-integrated projects that protect and economically support the local indigenous people who co-exist with gorillas in these natural habitats.

Our Responsible Partners

In order to deliver authentic experiences that directly benefit the local people and environment, aside from our own arranged experiences and those through our accommodation partners, we also have selected a couple of partners we are happy to be associated with.

I Like Local

I Like Local is an organisation that provides experiences focused on bridging the gap of different cultures by bringing visitors together with local people so that deep connections and lasting memories are formed. Like Enchanting Travels, I Like Local believes in the transformational power of travel. All the travel experiences ensure there is a positive social impact for the communities in the destination you visit with us. Local people can improve their quality of their life and help strengthen the local economy as 100% of the money that the local people requested is paid directly to them.

One Horizon

One Horizon is an organisation dedicated to assisting the poorest people in Kenya through humanitarian projects in their own centers throughout the country. Most of the projects are focused on empowering women, many of whom have been homeless or struggled to support their families. What we love about One Horizon is that you will meet people and places of Kenya that the typical tourist would never meet, and because of this really welcome their guests. As a visitor, you will not only be helping to change their lives but have loads of fun, filled with smiles and laughter. One of our favorite projects is Go Granny Go, which has helped elderly ladies to start their own businesses. While spending a day with the women on their farm and enjoying a lunch in their home, you will also be gifting a piglet or a couple of chicks while you are there. Some of these women were previously working in fields to support their orphaned grandchildren.

The best travel experience is when you go home a little challenged and a little changed, grateful and inspired. We want you to have a treasure chest of memories that stir a desire in you to make a positive impact in your own lives that can benefit the global community.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

There are usually many wonderful unplanned, surprise experience on your journey with us that may create a desire to have a positive impact, yet we believe we also have a responsibility and an opportunity.

When adding planned activities into your tailor-made itineraries, we ask ourselves the question whether that experience will have a direct positive impact on the communities and environment that you are visiting.

We want experiences to be as enjoyable as they are responsible, and so for this reason, we find we are always constantly seeking out unique activities that are honest, raw, challenge the status quo and often go off-the-beaten path. That’s probably how we put the enchanting into the travels!

Whatever your interests, fitness level or travel style, we have a responsible travel experience for you. Why not browse a few of our favorites?

Travel lightly

Travel in its own right is not always the most sustainable activity we can be doing. However, the mode of which we travel can make a difference.

What we call a safari today – in which we witness wildlife in their natural landscape – has been around since the 19th century. Those first safaris would have taken place by foot, boat or atop an animal. With more safari camps looking to be more environmentally responsible, these traditional approaches are once again in fashion.

Walking safaris & bush walks

Across many of our wildlife destinations, you can venture out on a walking safari. Accompanied by expert naturalists who have your safety as a top priority, this experience allows you to be intimate with your surroundings, where you can look out for signs such as prints and shrubs that allow you to successfully track the wildlife, and learn about the local botany.

There are a few walking tours we provide that are focused on the culture, such as our much-loved Foodies on Foot tour of the winelands in South Africa!

Ø  We recommend: A walking safari in the dry woodlands of remote Lake Eyasi in Tanzania with the Hadzabe people, one of the last Bushmen ethnic peoples existing in the modern world.

Water-based activities

Rivers and oceans are ideal spots to enjoy low-impact leisure activities, as long as they are done well.

 

You could relax in the natural hot springs of Japan, go kayaking with penguins in South Africa, or cliff diving in Mauritius!

Responsible Travel Experiences

The greatest joy of travel is of course to experience. Both planned and unplanned, experiences are what allow us to connect to the soul of a new destination, and of its people and landscapes.

We aim to facilitate insightful and eye-opening experiences for you, connecting with humankind at a deeper level, where you’re embracing unfamiliar territory, and learning something completely new about a culture or environment, as well as about yourself.

The best travel experience is when you go home a little challenged and a little changed, grateful and inspired. We want you to have a treasure chest of memories that stir a desire in you to make a positive impact in your own lives that can benefit the global community.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

There are usually many wonderful unplanned, surprise experience on your journey with us that may create a desire to have a positive impact, yet we believe we also have a responsibility and an opportunity.

When adding planned activities into your tailor-made itineraries, we ask ourselves the question whether that experience will have a direct positive impact on the communities and environment that you are visiting.

We want experiences to be as enjoyable as they are responsible, and so for this reason, we find we are always constantly seeking out unique activities that are honest, raw, challenge the status quo and often go off-the-beaten path. That’s probably how we put the enchanting into the travels!

Whatever your interests, fitness level or travel style, we have a responsible travel experience for you. Why not browse a few of our favorites?

Travel lightly

Travel in its own right is not always the most sustainable activity we can be doing. However, the mode of which we travel can make a difference.

What we call a safari today – in which we witness wildlife in their natural landscape – has been around since the 19th century. Those first safaris would have taken place by foot, boat or atop an animal. With more safari camps looking to be more environmentally responsible, these traditional approaches are once again in fashion.

Walking safaris & bush walks

Across many of our wildlife destinations, you can venture out on a walking safari. Accompanied by expert naturalists who have your safety as a top priority, this experience allows you to be intimate with your surroundings, where you can look out for signs such as prints and shrubs that allow you to successfully track the wildlife, and learn about the local botany.

There are a few walking tours we provide that are focused on the culture, such as our much-loved Foodies on Foot tour of the winelands in South Africa!

Ø  We recommend: A walking safari in the dry woodlands of remote Lake Eyasi in Tanzania with the Hadzabe people, one of the last Bushmen ethnic peoples existing in the modern world.

Water-based activities

Rivers and oceans are ideal spots to enjoy low-impact leisure activities, as long as they are done well.

 

You could relax in the natural hot springs of Japan, go kayaking with penguins in South Africa, or cliff diving in Mauritius!

 

A boat safari, such as a mokoro safari in Botswana, dhow sailing in Zimbabwe, canoeing in the Amazon, or a rowing boat in Asia, provides you with the opportunity to discover wildlife and meet the culture of waterways that would otherwise not be accessible by land.

Horse riding safaris

Going horseback allows you not only to observe the landscapes but maintains a traditional way of life, particularly in Argentina with the renowned gaucho culture of South America.

Hiking, trekking and climbing

Feet are a responsible traveler’s best friend. You may wish to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Everest in India, or volcanoes in Indonesia. Or perhaps you would prefer a gentle amble in a forest in Laos or plantation in Sri Lanka, or a hike in rural Rwanda? We provide an array of hiking, trekking and climbing experiences that suit your fitness level and physical ability.

We recommend: Climb Mount Kenya, which is a low environmental impact experience that gets you close to nature. All your climbing support crew are local, and this activity provides crucial employment in Kenya.

Bicycle tours

A bicycle allows you to observe new destinations ecologically and at a slower pace so that you can fully breathe in your surroundings. In many of the cities that we offer we can provide you with a bicycle tour as an alternative to days spent going from A to B in a car. We also offer bicycle tours out of the city – whether it is through vineyards in Chile, villages in rural Indonesia and Tanzania, or through the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Go off the beaten path

Avoid contributing to overtourism with a simple solution: head where few tread! When offered responsibly, not only does this tend to support local communities who benefit from an income source they otherwise wouldn’t receive, it also provides you with a unique and – as is our wish – enchanting experience that is hard to replicate. We work hard to discover remote regions in which we can offer a range of authentic experiences.

Village visits & markets

A plethora of village visits await you in our enchanting world. You may want to encounter the Himba people of southern Africa, a unique stilt village in the Mekong Delta of southeast Asia, or a skilled potter’s village in rural India. The hub of many rural regions is of the market, and you can enjoy a guided experience delving into this everyday experience that can provide much insight into other ways of life. Stallholders and shopkeepers often welcome new faces. With the night markets of Thailand and the bustling alleyways of pungent spices in India, every market is unique. You might be surprised by the offerings at the Witches’ Market in Bolivia, or just how many varieties of potato are on offer in Peru.

Ø  We recommend: Explore an authentic Maasai village to appreciate the traditional pastoralist sub-tribes of East Africa. These visits benefit the local community through support for education and health project and enabling communities to purchase additional land to ease grazing pressure.

Local farm or plantation visits

The farming community of our world are unsung heroes, as they nourish and clothe us. When you visit a small-scale farm, you learn just as much about yourself as you do about low-impact agricultural practices adopted in different parts of the world. As you visit a cocoa plantation in Ecuador, a tea plantation in Malawi, a rice farm in Lao, or an organic cotton field in India, you may just find yourself pondering over human history and our plight for survival.

Meet local families

There’s always value in sitting down and having a conversation with local people – and there’s nowhere quite as worthwhile as a visit to a family home. Even if you don’t include a homestay experience within your enchanting experience, you can still have the opportunity to meet local families, perhaps by enjoying a traditional meal with them. Many of our guests have been invited to the homes of their guides and chauffeurs during the journey and become lifelong pen pals!

Local enterprise & living traditions

Often the most exciting businesses are lesser-known socially responsible enterprises that exist purely to serve a small community. Visiting and learning about how such enterprises were established and function provide great takeaways for how we can all run business for good. Many artistic traditions have already been lost due to disinterest or limited commercial value. We believe in keeping skills alive by providing you a chance to visit deserving artisans and try your hand at the craft for yourself. You might like to discover how lacquerware or paper lanterns are made in Vietnam, or the ancient arts of block printing and bronze sculpting in India.

Ø  We recommend: Visit The Seaweed Co. in Zanzibar, which provides female seaweed farmers with the opportunity to improve their personal standards of living by providing our accommodation partner Zuri Zanzibar with its organic toiletries.

Wilderness camping & stargazing

Embrace the vastness of savannas and deserts by going wilderness camping, often known as fly camping. Stay a night or two under simple canvas in a remote destination, where you can leave no trace but take away a treasure chest of memories. These are often thrilling, adventurous experiences simply because they are so far removed from modern society. The evening entertainment is often the simple pleasure of sprawling night skies of stars, and we have many experiences in Africa where you can sleep in unique ‘Star Beds’ in the most breathtaking locations.

Ø  We recommend: It costs nothing to stare at the skies. In some destinations, such as San Pedro de Atacama Desert in Chile, you can take it a step further with a visit to an observatory where you can meet passionate astronomers.

Immerse yourself in culture

Culture continually evolves with the passing of time, but certain customs have barely changed for centuries and we wish to celebrate this. It is not that we wish to hang onto the past, but history can guide us in the present day, helping us to understand the world around us. How do we serve up culture? Well, it’s often in the everyday – in the food we eat and languages we speak, the music we play, and in artistic treats.

Cooking classes and street food tours

Hands-on and demonstration cooking classes provide a lively cultural encounter with native ingredients and local cuisines. Concluding with eating the meals you have prepared, there is always plenty of time to connect with your host. You might wish to do this in Zanzibar or in a plethora of Asian countries, which include a food tour of age-old shops that promote local suppliers. One of our most popular experiences for our foodie travelers are our street food tours, where you can tuck into safe and hygienic street food with your expert guide.

Ø  We recommend: Join a women’s cooperative in Rwanda and help bake delicious bread in a local bakery! All the products use local ingredients without any artificial additives. You also can accompany the women to help them sell their products in nearby village markets.

Street walk tours

The cultural beat is often found on the street. Why not walk with a former street kid who has now been trained as a professional local guide? You can learn about where they would sleep, their challenges and stories? These experiences are a unique insight into what living on the streets was like. We currently offer these downtown tours in the capitals of Kenya and India through our trusted NGO partners, who are dedicated to rescuing and caring for street children.

Street walks

Almost half of the world’s population live in poverty, and 8% live in extreme poverty. An important lesson in understanding and combatting this reality is through connection with individuals who are willing to share. We offer a carefully-selected collection of experiences that we feel positively benefit families living in these communities. Our knowledgeable guides are from the neighborhoods so they can promote a dialogue between our guests and community members in South Africa, Kenya and India, and ensure that the experience is meaningful for both host and guest.

Language classes

The best way to connect with people is to know the lingo. Learn the local language in the country is always good fun, especially with a local teacher who can show you not only just how to converse during your trip, but also to guide you on how to interact with locals while observing cultural nuances.

Craft workshops

There are numerous workshops that allow you to get crafty with Enchanting Travels. You might want to learn the art of calligraphy in Japan, pottery in India or lokta paper-making in Nepal. If chatting with your teachers is not enough of treasure to take home with you, these experiences usually allow you to take a homemade treasure with you.

Ø  We recommend: Experience a two-hour jewelry-making workshop with a group of women from Kenya’s Kibera Slum. The ladies handcraft earrings, necklaces, bags and bracelets as a way to generate income for their families.

School visits

We are able to arrange visits to a local school and invite guests to come prepared to deliver inspiring talks, or be willing to share useful life skills with children, be it through classroom lessons or play in the school yard. We especially encourage educators who are seeking to observe different teaching methods. We believe children should be engaged in meaningful activities with our guests, and that any visits do not hinder education or normal daily routines. Similarly, we always remind our staff and guests not to favor one individual over another. School visits are only ever conducted with permission from the school and are subject to the school’s availability, including holidays and local festivals, with which dates do vary year to year.

Historic lessons

We can learn a lot from our past. History provides wisdom. We might benefit from repeating mistakes, or understanding why a particular culture ticks. Some of these experiences are transformational and thought-provoking, some of them are deeply touching. We arrange experiences that we believe promote global citizenship and care. We can take you to the house of Mother Teresa or to places of interest related to the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi in India. Visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia or the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, to understand the atrocity that genocide and ethnic cleansing brings and also the resilience that the survivors hold. Discover the Củ Chi tunnels of Vietnam where Viet Cong soldiers would hide during combat in the Vietnam War.

Take a walk on the wild side

Do you forget as you stroll through the urban jungle that we are just one of many species on Earth? Then we invite you to join and journey with us into the wild where you can encounter from a safe distance some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna.

Wilderness conservation

We are firm believers that wildlife experiences should only be offered if they are contributing to the education and conservation of the animals being observed. With so many endangered species now co-habiting the earth with us, a vacation is the perfect opportunity to learn about and support wildlife. We are offer fully-fledged volunteering experiences that can last several days or weeks, to one-off half day experiences.

You might wish to visit an Orang Utan sanctuary in Indonesia that rescue and care for the critically endangered orphaned Borneo orangutans. Or head out on a tiger safari in India that protects these regal cats from poaching.

Ø  We recommend: For those seeking a truly life-changing experience, then we recommend our experience in Matops and Hwange in Zimbabwe with mother-africa.org, in which you can be involved in bush life, conservation and research. Aside from supporting African children by building school facilities and being involved in food programs, you can also learn about medicinal shrubs, help with the running of a home, assist in searing for new San art during archaeological digs, and being part of the research team for the vulnerable Ground Hornbill.

Elephant rescue

We are passionate about rescuing elephants that have been exploited by tourism and overwork, or are injured, and are now offering an alternative approach to caring for them in their natural environment. We offer a range of experiences where you can spend a half or full day at an elephant rescue camp in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Sri Lanka, where you can learn about these gentle giants. In addition to supporting the elephants, these experiences protect the land and resources and employ local people.

Gorilla trekking

Heading on a trek to observe endangered gorillas in the wild of Rwanda and Uganda can help sustain the funds required for their conservation. We couple these experiences with expert guides and community-integrated projects that protect and economically support the local indigenous people who co-exist with gorillas in these natural habitats.

Our Responsible Partners

In order to deliver authentic experiences that directly benefit the local people and environment, aside from our own arranged experiences and those through our accommodation partners, we also have selected a couple of partners we are happy to be associated with.

I Like Local

I Like Local is an organisation that provides experiences focused on bridging the gap of different cultures by bringing visitors together with local people so that deep connections and lasting memories are formed. Like Enchanting Travels, I Like Local believes in the transformational power of travel. All the travel experiences ensure there is a positive social impact for the communities in the destination you visit with us. Local people can improve their quality of their life and help strengthen the local economy as 100% of the money that the local people requested is paid directly to them.

One Horizon

One Horizon is an organisation dedicated to assisting the poorest people in Kenya through humanitarian projects in their own centers throughout the country. Most of the projects are focused on empowering women, many of whom have been homeless or struggled to support their families. What we love about One Horizon is that you will meet people and places of Kenya that the typical tourist would never meet, and because of this really welcome their guests. As a visitor, you will not only be helping to change their lives but have loads of fun, filled with smiles and laughter. One of our favorite projects is Go Granny Go, which has helped elderly ladies to start their own businesses. While spending a day with the women on their farm and enjoying a lunch in their home, you will also be gifting a piglet or a couple of chicks while you are there. Some of these women were previously working in fields to support their orphaned grandchildren.

A boat safari, such as a mokoro safari in Botswana, dhow sailing in Zimbabwe, canoeing in the Amazon, or a rowing boat in Asia, provides you with the opportunity to discover wildlife and meet the culture of waterways that would otherwise not be accessible by land.

Horse riding safaris

Going horseback allows you not only to observe the landscapes but maintains a traditional way of life, particularly in Argentina with the renowned gaucho culture of South America.

Hiking, trekking and climbing

Feet are a responsible traveler’s best friend. You may wish to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Everest in India, or volcanoes in Indonesia. Or perhaps you would prefer a gentle amble in a forest in Laos or plantation in Sri Lanka, or a hike in rural Rwanda? We provide an array of hiking, trekking and climbing experiences that suit your fitness level and physical ability.

We recommend: Climb Mount Kenya, which is a low environmental impact experience that gets you close to nature. All your climbing support crew are local, and this activity provides crucial employment in Kenya.

Bicycle tours

A bicycle allows you to observe new destinations ecologically and at a slower pace so that you can fully breathe in your surroundings. In many of the cities that we offer we can provide you with a bicycle tour as an alternative to days spent going from A to B in a car. We also offer bicycle tours out of the city – whether it is through vineyards in Chile, villages in rural Indonesia and Tanzania, or through the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Go off the beaten path

Avoid contributing to overtourism with a simple solution: head where few tread! When offered responsibly, not only does this tend to support local communities who benefit from an income source they otherwise wouldn’t receive, it also provides you with a unique and – as is our wish – enchanting experience that is hard to replicate. We work hard to discover remote regions in which we can offer a range of authentic experiences.

Village visits & markets

A plethora of village visits await you in our enchanting world. You may want to encounter the Himba people of southern Africa, a unique stilt village in the Mekong Delta of southeast Asia, or a skilled potter’s village in rural India. The hub of many rural regions is of the market, and you can enjoy a guided experience delving into this everyday experience that can provide much insight into other ways of life. Stallholders and shopkeepers often welcome new faces. With the night markets of Thailand and the bustling alleyways of pungent spices in India, every market is unique. You might be surprised by the offerings at the Witches’ Market in Bolivia, or just how many varieties of potato are on offer in Peru.

Ø  We recommend: Explore an authentic Maasai village to appreciate the traditional pastoralist sub-tribes of East Africa. These visits benefit the local community through support for education and health project and enabling communities to purchase additional land to ease grazing pressure.

Local farm or plantation visits

The farming community of our world are unsung heroes, as they nourish and clothe us. When you visit a small-scale farm, you learn just as much about yourself as you do about low-impact agricultural practices adopted in different parts of the world. As you visit a cocoa plantation in Ecuador, a tea plantation in Malawi, a rice farm in Lao, or an organic cotton field in India, you may just find yourself pondering over human history and our plight for survival.

Meet local families

There’s always value in sitting down and having a conversation with local people – and there’s nowhere quite as worthwhile as a visit to a family home. Even if you don’t include a homestay experience within your enchanting experience, you can still have the opportunity to meet local families, perhaps by enjoying a traditional meal with them. Many of our guests have been invited to the homes of their guides and chauffeurs during the journey and become lifelong pen pals!

Local enterprise & living traditions

Often the most exciting businesses are lesser-known socially responsible enterprises that exist purely to serve a small community. Visiting and learning about how such enterprises were established and function provide great takeaways for how we can all run business for good. Many artistic traditions have already been lost due to disinterest or limited commercial value. We believe in keeping skills alive by providing you a chance to visit deserving artisans and try your hand at the craft for yourself. You might like to discover how lacquerware or paper lanterns are made in Vietnam, or the ancient arts of block printing and bronze sculpting in India.

Ø  We recommend: Visit The Seaweed Co. in Zanzibar, which provides female seaweed farmers with the opportunity to improve their personal standards of living by providing our accommodation partner Zuri Zanzibar with its organic toiletries.

Wilderness camping & stargazing

Embrace the vastness of savannas and deserts by going wilderness camping, often known as fly camping. Stay a night or two under simple canvas in a remote destination, where you can leave no trace but take away a treasure chest of memories. These are often thrilling, adventurous experiences simply because they are so far removed from modern society. The evening entertainment is often the simple pleasure of sprawling night skies of stars, and we have many experiences in Africa where you can sleep in unique ‘Star Beds’ in the most breathtaking locations.

Ø  We recommend: It costs nothing to stare at the skies. In some destinations, such as San Pedro de Atacama Desert in Chile, you can take it a step further with a visit to an observatory where you can meet passionate astronomers.

Immerse yourself in culture

Culture continually evolves with the passing of time, but certain customs have barely changed for centuries and we wish to celebrate this. It is not that we wish to hang onto the past, but history can guide us in the present day, helping us to understand the world around us. How do we serve up culture? Well, it’s often in the everyday – in the food we eat and languages we speak, the music we play, and in artistic treats.

Cooking classes and street food tours

Hands-on and demonstration cooking classes provide a lively cultural encounter with native ingredients and local cuisines. Concluding with eating the meals you have prepared, there is always plenty of time to connect with your host. You might wish to do this in Zanzibar or in a plethora of Asian countries, which include a food tour of age-old shops that promote local suppliers. One of our most popular experiences for our foodie travelers are our street food tours, where you can tuck into safe and hygienic street food with your expert guide.

Ø  We recommend: Join a women’s cooperative in Rwanda and help bake delicious bread in a local bakery! All the products use local ingredients without any artificial additives. You also can accompany the women to help them sell their products in nearby village markets.

Street walk tours

The cultural beat is often found on the street. Why not walk with a former street kid who has now been trained as a professional local guide? You can learn about where they would sleep, their challenges and stories? These experiences are a unique insight into what living on the streets was like. We currently offer these downtown tours in the capitals of Kenya and India through our trusted NGO partners, who are dedicated to rescuing and caring for street children.

Street walks

Almost half of the world’s population live in poverty, and 8% live in extreme poverty. An important lesson in understanding and combatting this reality is through connection with individuals who are willing to share. We offer a carefully-selected collection of experiences that we feel positively benefit families living in these communities. Our knowledgeable guides are from the neighborhoods so they can promote a dialogue between our guests and community members in South Africa, Kenya and India, and ensure that the experience is meaningful for both host and guest.

Language classes

The best way to connect with people is to know the lingo. Learn the local language in the country is always good fun, especially with a local teacher who can show you not only just how to converse during your trip, but also to guide you on how to interact with locals while observing cultural nuances.

Craft workshops

There are numerous workshops that allow you to get crafty with Enchanting Travels. You might want to learn the art of calligraphy in Japan, pottery in India or lokta paper-making in Nepal. If chatting with your teachers is not enough of treasure to take home with you, these experiences usually allow you to take a homemade treasure with you.

Ø  We recommend: Experience a two-hour jewelry-making workshop with a group of women from Kenya’s Kibera Slum. The ladies handcraft earrings, necklaces, bags and bracelets as a way to generate income for their families.

School visits

We are able to arrange visits to a local school and invite guests to come prepared to deliver inspiring talks, or be willing to share useful life skills with children, be it through classroom lessons or play in the school yard. We especially encourage educators who are seeking to observe different teaching methods. We believe children should be engaged in meaningful activities with our guests, and that any visits do not hinder education or normal daily routines. Similarly, we always remind our staff and guests not to favor one individual over another. School visits are only ever conducted with permission from the school and are subject to the school’s availability, including holidays and local festivals, with which dates do vary year to year.

Historic lessons

We can learn a lot from our past. History provides wisdom. We might benefit from repeating mistakes, or understanding why a particular culture ticks. Some of these experiences are transformational and thought-provoking, some of them are deeply touching. We arrange experiences that we believe promote global citizenship and care. We can take you to the house of Mother Teresa or to places of interest related to the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi in India. Visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia or the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, to understand the atrocity that genocide and ethnic cleansing brings and also the resilience that the survivors hold. Discover the Củ Chi tunnels of Vietnam where Viet Cong soldiers would hide during combat in the Vietnam War.

Take a walk on the wild side

Do you forget as you stroll through the urban jungle that we are just one of many species on Earth? Then we invite you to join and journey with us into the wild where you can encounter from a safe distance some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna.

Wilderness conservation

We are firm believers that wildlife experiences should only be offered if they are contributing to the education and conservation of the animals being observed. With so many endangered species now co-habiting the earth with us, a vacation is the perfect opportunity to learn about and support wildlife. We are offer fully-fledged volunteering experiences that can last several days or weeks, to one-off half day experiences.

You might wish to visit an Orang Utan sanctuary in Indonesia that rescue and care for the critically endangered orphaned Borneo orangutans. Or head out on a tiger safari in India that protects these regal cats from poaching.

Ø  We recommend: For those seeking a truly life-changing experience, then we recommend our experience in Matops and Hwange in Zimbabwe with mother-africa.org, in which you can be involved in bush life, conservation and research. Aside from supporting African children by building school facilities and being involved in food programs, you can also learn about medicinal shrubs, help with the running of a home, assist in searing for new San art during archaeological digs, and being part of the research team for the vulnerable Ground Hornbill.

Elephant rescue

We are passionate about rescuing elephants that have been exploited by tourism and overwork, or are injured, and are now offering an alternative approach to caring for them in their natural environment. We offer a range of experiences where you can spend a half or full day at an elephant rescue camp in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Sri Lanka, where you can learn about these gentle giants. In addition to supporting the elephants, these experiences protect the land and resources and employ local people.

Gorilla trekking

Heading on a trek to observe endangered gorillas in the wild of Rwanda and Uganda can help sustain the funds required for their conservation. We couple these experiences with expert guides and community-integrated projects that protect and economically support the local indigenous people who co-exist with gorillas in these natural habitats.

Our Responsible Partners

In order to deliver authentic experiences that directly benefit the local people and environment, aside from our own arranged experiences and those through our accommodation partners, we also have selected a couple of partners we are happy to be associated with.

I Like Local

I Like Local is an organisation that provides experiences focused on bridging the gap of different cultures by bringing visitors together with local people so that deep connections and lasting memories are formed. Like Enchanting Travels, I Like Local believes in the transformational power of travel. All the travel experiences ensure there is a positive social impact for the communities in the destination you visit with us. Local people can improve their quality of their life and help strengthen the local economy as 100% of the money that the local people requested is paid directly to them.

One Horizon

One Horizon is an organisation dedicated to assisting the poorest people in Kenya through humanitarian projects in their own centers throughout the country. Most of the projects are focused on empowering women, many of whom have been homeless or struggled to support their families. What we love about One Horizon is that you will meet people and places of Kenya that the typical tourist would never meet, and because of this really welcome their guests. As a visitor, you will not only be helping to change their lives but have loads of fun, filled with smiles and laughter. One of our favorite projects is Go Granny Go, which has helped elderly ladies to start their own businesses. While spending a day with the women on their farm and enjoying a lunch in their home, you will also be gifting a piglet or a couple of chicks while you are there. Some of these women were previously working in fields to support their orphaned grandchildren.

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