Positive impact & responsible travel

We invite you to join us at Matemwe Retreat as we seek to make a positive and sustainable impact through responsible tourism.

Asilia has implemented a US$5 per person per night conservation charge as we want to continue to expand on our conservation and development efforts in the areas that we are committed to. Especially in these times of lower demand for (East-)Africa, conservation efforts and crucial wildlife areas run the risk of collapsing under low occupancies and heavy discounts. Whilst we will continue to discount where necessary, we wish to safeguard our necessary investments in conservation and the management / development of the areas.
Positive ImpactOur goal as Asilia is to be a role model in sustainable tourism. At the heart of our organisation is the conviction that world-class travel can go hand in hand with improving livelihoods and conservation of nature. We strive to create a lasting, positive impact everywhere we operate. We believe in better.
 
Any sustainable contribution must ultimately begin with oneself. This means we buy locally where possible. It means we reduce our footprint by limiting fossil fuel and use sustainable energy sources such as the sun, recycling water and reducing waste. The remainder of our carbon footprint is offset by supporting local forest projects. 
 
Asilia is proud to be the first travel company in Africa to achieve the highest 5 star GIIRS rating and B-Corporation status. And yet, we trust we do even more. By being creative and developing new models for travel we try to further increase benefits for nature and local people.

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Our approach in this area

ApproachWe are working hard to put our aspirations into action and make a meaningful impact on conservation and community development in the Matemwe area.

Some of our actions at Matemwe include:

Environmentally friendly waste management and recycling both at the Lodge and the surrounding community

Energy saving practices

Local procurement of materials and food.

We also assist in financing classrooms for the school and sponsor promising students for further education

Like all Asilia camps and lodges, we offset the carbon emissions from our fossil fuel consumption through a local community forestation program in Tanzania and investments in renewable energy sources.

How we choose our projects

Bringing together a community that believes in better, we aim to involve people and institutions with a deeper interest in Africa and achieving a shared vision for the areas we operate in.
Communities & Education
Communities & Education
We strive to improve livelihoods and economic opportunities of local communities in various ways. Ultimately, contributing to successful, conservation-based economies.... Read More
Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife Conservation
From migratory birds to iconic African cats and endangered rhinos, critical species are being threatened by increasing pressures such as population growth, industrialization, insufficient management, improper protection, global climate change and more.... Read More
Habitat Restoration
Habitat Restoration
From coral reefs to vast African savannahs, we work to protect the lands and waters that people, animals and plants need to survive — now and in the future.... Read More
Outreach & Research
Outreach & Research
Research and awareness strongly contribute to better prospects for the natural world and the livelihoods of individuals that depend on it.... Read More

How you can support Zanzibar

In Matemwe we have been the largest local employer for the past two decades and have been heavily involved in community development and financial support in the local village of Kigomani.

Our project & how you can support

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