Sustainable tourism


sustainable tourism

What to expect

When you decide to come to More Africa, don´t expect a typical resort and also don’t expect a party place for backpackers. More Africa is located in the local community of Paje and its main purpose is to educate our children with special needs through special education and physical therapy.
You directly support our NGO when you decide to stay with us. Thank you for that!
Because of our NGO, we are located in the local village. Unlike other resorts that are isolated from the villages and the locals, we are looking for a different kind of traveler. A traveler that is interested in community work, sustainable tourism & culture instead of a random beach holiday.
Paje village is safe and the locals are  very friendly. Our guests can walk through the village without any problems. To respect the local culture and traditions we will ask you to cover yourself when you walk through the village. Don’t walk alone after dark, just to be sure!

 

Sustainable tourism

Tourism has a big impact on Zanzibar, both positive and negative. In a positive way, tourism supports the economy, creates local jobs, creates awareness and helps to protect the National Parks. Unfortunately also the negative effects are present.  More Africa is registered as NGO and we see it as our aim to inform tourists about the do’s and don’ts regarding to sustainable tourism. In this way we try to limit the negative effects.
When you choose to stay at More Africa, we can imagine that you would like to contribute something during your stay. How to travel in a responsible way?
 

Children
You will find many children in Paje, and along Zanzibar, begging for pens, balls, balloons, books or even money.  We understand that you want to take something for the local children, but you can imagine when every tourist gives a pen or a book, you keep encouraging the begging behavior. We see many times that parents don’t let their children go to school anymore, because begging is more profitable.
When you take something for the children, it’s best if you bring one another to a local project or a local school. You can give it to the projectmanager or headmaster, but not directly to the children themselves. In this way, it is fairly distributed and you will minimize the begging behavior.
If you like to give something to a school or NGO, we will encourage you to buy this on Zanzibar. In this way you also support the local economy. Double sustainable!!

Nature and environment
Act responsible during your stay according to the nature and environment.
While snorkeling or diving, think about the vulnerability of coral and underwater life.
When you go hiking or walking in a National Park, don’t go off-road.

Photography
You will definitely shoot the most amazing pictures during your stay on Zanzibar!
Shoot! However, we will like to ask you to be discrete when it comes to pictures of people. 95% of the Zanzibari are Muslim. They believe a part of their soul will be captured in the picture. Always ask people, before you take their picture. Sometimes people don’t want you to take their picture. Please respect this.

Clothing
As a tourist, you are a guest in another country. This means you need to respect the culture and local customs.
It’s no problem to wear swimwear or shorts at the beach. However, if you visit More Africa, Stone Town or the local village of Paje, we expect that you wear appropriate clothes. Appropriate means that the shoulders and knees are covered.