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    Duma gives back

    We are passionate about responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Duma supports the Arusha community through our school donation program and re-investment in the local economy.

    Ndatu Kindergarten Donation Program

    In 2007, we established a formal donation program for Ndatu Kindergarten, a rural school located about 20 miles from Arusha. Starting as an unfinished brick structure without windows or a roof, the kindergarten is now fully operational with 85 students.

    Since 2007, we have built two classrooms, a teachers’ office, kitchen, water tower and fence. We constructed a pipeline that brings water from a source four kilometers away to the school and local community. We helped two teachers complete two year courses in Montessori education. We have also purchased land adjacent to the school to build the community's first playground.

    Volunteer groups arrive each summer to assist with new construction and other projects at the school. Volunteers also tour the village and visit local families. If you are interested in volunteering, visiting the school, or making a monetary or in-kind donation, please let us know.

    Travelife

    Duma Explorer is one of the only Tanzanian tourism companies to be awarded Travelife Partnership. Duma underwent a rigorous two-year sustainability certification process to achieve partnership. 

    The Travelife standard certification integrates both management and performance criteria and is based on leading international sustainability and CSR standards and guidelines:

    • EMAS III - The EU Eco Management and Audit Scheme 
    • ISO 14001 - Environmental management
    • UNEP - Tour Operators’ Initiative (company and supply chain management manuals)
    • GRI - Global Reporting Initiative, tour operator supplement
    • GSTC - Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria 
    • OECD - Guidelines for multinational enterprises
    • ISO 26000 - Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines and principles
    Carbon Tanzania

    Duma Explorer has been a long-time partner with Carbon Tanzania. Carbon Tanzania is a fantastic organization working to protect virgin forest and the communities that depend on them in Tanzania. Duma Explorer offsets all of its diesel fuel with Carbon Tanzania each year. 

    Commitment to Tanzania and the Arusha Economy

    Duma is deeply committed to supporting and preserving the economy and environment of Tanzania. We use local suppliers and renewable products whenever possible.

    Our offices in Arusha run on solar power and we recycle plastic and tin.

    We proudly support responsible travel by partnering with the International Mountain Explorers Connection and Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. As one of the original 10 partners for responsible travel with KPAP, we regularly meet all requirements set by IMEC/KPAP for fair treatment of porters. Please email us for our latest porter treatment report from KPAP.

    Duma also invests heavily in employee education and development. Guides, cooks and porters attend language workshops, Wilderness First Responder courses, wildlife trainings and driving classes.

    We also believe strongly in wildlife protection, and all staff are trained to follow park maintenance laws set by the Tanzania National Park Association.