Health and Safety
All Africa Tours is very safety conscious especially with children. We commit a lot of research into choosing: safe destinations, safe transport and safe accommodation. See our blog post for travel during Covid-19 pandemic here
Only reputable airlines, overland and bus companies are chosen with high safety records. All buses will be equipped with seatbelts, have current drivers’ licenses and PDP’s (Public Drivers Permit) and up to date passenger liability insurances plus roadworthy certificates.
All Africa Tours can design tours and camps to fit any budget from 5 star accommodation to no star grading establishments. However, we shall not use places that are unsafe, unsuitable for the age group of the students, unclean, unethical and inaccessible for the group size, vehicle and programme. We aim to use places with good reviews on Tripadvisor, Booking.com and other booking platforms.
Food is a key component that makes a tour/camp successful. All Africa Tours aims to give the students opportunities to sample a variety of cultural South African cuisines from Cape Malay, Indian curry, African township dishes, Southern African delicacies, traditional SA braai (BBQ) and ‘boerekos’ (Afrikaans food) amongst others. Having said this, we are also aware of making sure the food is healthy, balanced, portions sized, ethically sourced as far as possible and catering for a variety of dietary needs. We also want to give children food that they enjoy and are culturally comfortable eating. So yes, hamburgers, pizza, mac and cheese, spaghetti bolognaise etc will also be somewhere on the menu at times.
- First Aid and Medication
Julie has a ‘Basic Emergency Care’ – First Aid : Level Three qualification and Scott and all other guides will have a minimum of a current First Aid Level One qualification.
Groups are encouraged to bring their own comprehensive First Aid Kits with over the counter medicines. Under aged children need to hand in their medications, including prescribed items, to a teacher in charge of the group. The teachers need to have obtained written permission from the students’ parents or guardians to be able to administer First Aid and medication to under 18 year old students. No medication will be administered or recommended by any of the All Africa Tour’s guides. If the need arises, a student with a supervising adult, will be taken to a South African pharmacist or doctor for medication advise and dispensing.
If need be, a medic, nurse or doctor can be arranged to accompany the group on tour.
- Risk Management Plan
A Risk Management Plan for each tour can be arranged laying out the potential risks at each site, how they will be minimized and how emergencies will be managed. This helps the students, parents, teachers, school, guide and All Africa Tours to be aware of the potential risks and the need for all involved to adhere to the highest level of safety procedures as possible.
The Ecotourism Society defines it as “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people”. To judge whether a tour is eco-friendly, we look at whether it is helping to improve awareness and / or benefitting the environment and local cultures in some way.
Ecotourism should also be ‘Sustainable Tourism’. This means that the tour is not reducing the availability of resources nor inhibiting future travellers from enjoying the same experience. All Africa Tours aims to design tours that are responsible that do not have a negative impact on the environment.
What is All Africa Tours commitment to ‘Responsible Tourism’?
All Africa Tours endeavours to encourage tourists to buy the local products of the country visited, thus helping local communities with sustainability, employment and creativity. All Africa Tours also aims to use accommodations owned and/or managed by local inhabitants wherever possible. All Africa Tours also uses local guides with specialist skills, knowledge with the perspective of the area visited thus providing employment and upliftment for the local community.
All Africa Tours endeavours to include personal interaction with local communities in their itineraries so that tourists can learn about local cultures and traditions. All Africa Tours offers encouragement, support and education to local guides and/or communities that they encounter so as to motivate, empower and raise further awareness of conservation of all natural environments. All Africa Tours encourages tourists to respect local communities and to aim to learn from them, their culture and way of life.
All Africa Tours aims to uphold the ethos of conservation, preservation, and respect for the natural and built environments. All Africa Tours will endeavour to reduce the carbon footprint of each tourist by encouraging recycling, using eco friendly products, using renewable energy whenever possible and education on water and energy conservation and waste management. All Africa Tours plans to include awareness, appreciation and experience of the natural environment in all their tours.