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1 June 2020

Altezza Travel - Lasting Social Impact

Tanzania is not just where we do business - it is our home. We live and work here.

This is the reason why Altezza Travel is committed to leave a lasting impact in this developing nation. Our initiatives to care for and protect the beautiful wildlife of Tanzania include:

Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W. center for Wildlife Rehabilitation

We at Altezza have established the first and only rehabilitation center for wild animals in Tanzania. Based in close vicinity to Mount Kilimanjaro, the center is open for all animals that were injured, orphaned or otherwise traumatized and would otherwise not survive in the wild. Here you’ll find a rescued cheetah, antelopes, zebras, elephants, monkeys, warthdogs, serval cats and other animals.

Serval kittens at our centre
Cheetah from our rehab facility

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s goal is to prepare animals for a future release back into the wild. Some, however, will be staying at our center forever, as their injuries make it impossible for them to survive on their own. Those interested in seeing how conservation works in practice are welcome to visit our center during their trip to Tanzania.

Makoa Bush Kindergarten

Children are the future, and we want the next generation of Tanzania to grow with deeply instilled values about the importance of conservation and sustainability. That is why we have established Makoa Bush Kindergarten where young children learn about animals, nature and Tanzania at large. We also give basic training in English and math to prepare them for primary and secondary state schools.

Our kindergarten is tuition-free for students from surrounding villages. In partnership with the local activists, we provide every class with stationery, books and other learning materials, and the members of our Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W. are the instructors there.

The pupils of Makoa bush kindergarten
The classroom of Makoa Bush Kindergarten

For travelers interested in helping, we welcome donations of elementary-level books, stationery and other school supplies. We will be glad to take visitors to the school to meet our pupils.

There is also a way to bring a more lasting impact - you may sponsor further education of one of these students. After finishing our Kindergarten, most of the children will go to a local public school. Unfortunately, some will have to return to a farm with their parents and leave further education behind. You can change their story and make a lasting impact on their future by sponsoring one of these boys or girls at a local, private school. An education, especially at a private school that teaches in the English language, opens doors to college, university and better life.

Serengeti De-snaring project

In partnership with other tour companies, Altezza joined the Serengeti De-snaring project in 2018. Led by Frankfurt Zoological Society, this project focuses on cleaning Serengeti National Park from snares and traps that kill thousands of animals every year. Over 48,000 (!) snares have been removed from Serengeti during three years since the implementation of the project. Many captured animals were released back into the wild alive.

An elephant in Serengeti
A curious giraffe in Serengeti

Today, three appointed teams patrol the park areas in search of snares and poachers. To fund their operations, we send USD5 from each tour booked by our travellers to the project team account. Your trip with Altezza means a direct contribution to fighting poaching and protecting Serengeti’s wildlife.

In October 2020 only the project team completed the following:

  • • Removed 5049 snares
  • • Destroyed four poacher camps
  • • Arrested four poachers
  • • 152 animals were found dead in snares
  • • 83 animals were released alive

Porters welfare treatment

Porters are the backbone of each Kilimanjaro expedition, they ensure that your adventure is comfortable and safe. They carry all heavy items and equipment up the mountain. The vast majority of porters are from the rural areas of Tanzania, where opportunities for employment are limited. Their job is tough and demanding, but we spare no effort in creating good working conditions for them. Apart from a higher salary rate than average for the industry, our porters receive extra bonuses for good performance. We equip our teams with high-quality tents, sleeping bags and other gear to ensure their health and safety on Kilimanjaro. Three meals a day are served to the crew to keep their stamina and strength high.

Safety of our climbing teams is paramount at Altezza. For that reason, all members of our climbing teams - guides, porters, camp masters with no exception - are subject to obligatory daily health checks. This is a highly important matter for us, and here we make no difference between the most VIP client and the last porter in our camping crew. All procedures are standard and the same for all members of the team. Once the Wilderness First Responders finish checking up the clients, a check for all members of our climbing support crew follows.

Besides, if some of our crew members get sick on the way, the same evacuation procedure applies - we provide them with a trained specialist to accompany or carry them down the mountain. In severe cases a helicopter evacuation flight is organized by our ground support team.

The guides of Altezza Travel on Kilimanjaro
Some members of our porters team

The most committed porters are also eligible for guide training and courses and promotions.

Job opportunities for local people

Altezza is proud to provide employment to over 1500 guiding professionals and 100 members of our hotel and office teams. We are also happy to see that every year more and more people join Altezza, and that our company has gradually become a coveted place to work for both seasoned professionals and young graduates.

We are an equal opportunity employer - the workforce in Tanzania is very diverse, and anyone can apply for our job openings. People of different faiths, religions and backgrounds are working for us. We are also proud to be the female-majority staff.

Altezza Travel is a good place to start a career in tourism - tourism is one of the most lucrative industries in Tanzania. Entering this market, however, is often a challenge for young people. The competition is very tough, and getting an entry-level position is becoming more and more difficult every year.

Here at Altezza Travel we always keep our doors open for fresh graduates and career-switchers. We are more interested in motivation and commitment than skills and education. In fact, the majority of our diverse office team came from other fields, such as finance, law and education.

To make sure that we remain competitive, Altezza Travel provides ongoing training to our staff members. All members of our operations team have their individual training plans, which we regularly review and update. We also have a good business library, and our office is an excellent place to learn about software, which is used by the leading international travel companies. We happily share these things with our team members and grow together.

Long-term, this is how Altezza will make a lasting difference in Tanzania: supporting wildlife initiatives, protecting injured animals, supporting the education of the next generation and valuing our local staff. Conserving natural resources as well as helping the local workforce to succeed and grow are some of the key values that drive Altezza Travel. Choosing Altezza directly supports these initiatives towards positive social impact for a better Tanzania.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna is the Kilimanjaro climbs and safari coordinator at Altezza Travel. Most of her time, she spends meeting the Altezza Travellers when they arrive in Tanzania. She knows everything about adventure and how to start it. Whatever questions or doubts you may have - Anna is always ready to help.

She has taken part in many adventures all over Tanzania, exploring the retreats of Serengeti, trails of Kilimanjaro and the underwater world of Mafia. She is always eager to discover new wonders of this country and share her experiences with our community.
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