As a tour operator who puts their heart and soul into Tanzania, it’s crucial to share the efforts that Thomson Safaris is putting forward as an organization to help reduce our environmental footprint. In a place so rich in wildlife and ecological beauty, sustainability is all the more important for preserving all that Tanzania gives.
Here comes the sun
Thomson’s office in Watertown, Massachusetts is outfitted with 110 solar panels, which provides one-third of the office’s power. Installed in 2009, it has been reported that the office has the largest array of solar panels in the city!
In addition to the Watertown office, all of Thomson’s Nyumba tents have been outfitted with solar LED lighting, which means no need for noisy generators. Phone run out of battery? Not to worry, solar energy is also utilized for electronic charging stations lounge tents at camp. The shining sun will charge your phone, while you admire the Serengeti in all its glory.
Going green with propane
At Thomson’s Nyumba Camps, propane gas is utilized to fuel electrical items like refrigerators and freezers. Thomson staff also prepares meals using propane gas stoves. Propane gas is considered an environmentally friendly fuel both before and after combustion and is approved as a clean energy source by the Clean Air Act.
Saying farewell to single-use plastic bottles
Following in the footsteps of Tanzania’s recent ban on single-use plastic bags, Thomson is also eliminating the use of single-use plastic water bottles. Each guest now receives a complimentary metal water bottle and fill stations around camp are utilized to help protect the environment and ecosystems where guests travel.
No water wasted at Thomson’s Nyumba camps
You may have heard of a carbon footprint, but have you heard of a “water footprint?” Because clean water is a limited resource in Tanzania, Thomson has made it the company’s mission to use as little water as possible, while still keeping guests 100% hydrated and clean.
Did you know the average American home uses 90 gallons of water per day? Compare this to a Thomson Nyumba camp, which uses just 14 gallons each day – that’s an 84% savings! Check out this blog post for a more in-depth look into Thomson’s water usage.