Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Herd of Elephants, Selinda, Botswana

Positive Impact Travel - Expert-led Group Tours

A structured approach to ensuring that our Expert-led Group Tours follow our ethos of Positive Impact Travel.

Steppes is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our group tours, from the moment you depart for your destination, to the time your return home.

We have partnered with a specialist consultant ecollective to create a carbon reduction framework with the aim of creating holidays with a net positive carbon impact. Through measuring, reducing, and offsetting carbon emissions, in the air and on the ground, we are able to create expert-led group tours that protect the worlds they explore.

Ulug Beg Observatory, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Taking a collective approach to carbon

Our partnership with ecollective has let us create a clear, measurable outline of how our group tours impact carbon emissions, both positively and negatively.

We assess each group tour for those core contributors to carbon, including flights, food consumption and water use, and also the positive change that our sustainability partners bring. We then work to constantly refine and improve those numbers.

A jaguar, walking in the grass in the Pantanal region of Brazil
Pantanal, Brazil

Understanding each trip's unique qualities

With all of those contributing factors measured and combined, we are able to produce a total UK Emissions (kg CO2e) figure per person per day for each tour. Here are some examples:

  • Albania – Origins of Illyria (23kgs CO2e per day)
  • India – Tiger Conservation with New Scientist (116kgs CO2e per day)
  • (americas dest) – (americas tour name) (XXkgs CO2e per day)

We compare these against the UK living average, which is around 34kg CO2e per day, and then find ways to reduce them, including removing internal flights and finding more sustainable properties. This also allows us to share a detailed, transparent footprint with clients of exactly how we’re working to reduce any core carbon emissions contributors.

Vanessa at the School, Kichwa Anangu Community, Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuadorean Amazon
Vanessa at the School, Kichwa Anangu Community, Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuadorean Amazon

Promoting social, economic and environmental development

With its net being spread to the far corners of the planet, our industry is uniquely placed to support Positive Impact Travel, and this plays a central role in our measured and measurable approach to carbon emissions.

By supporting projects that are pioneering local change, whether in female education, biodiversity or green energy, our expert-led group trips support a brighter future for the planet. In most cases our clients have the opportunity to actively contribute to these causes, including supporting orangutan conservation in Malaysia and (social example) in (destination).

Greek Temple, Greece
Olympia, Greece

Join an expert-led group tour to support positive impact travel

There are plenty of ways to explore the breadth of our expert-led group tours and you can get started by taking a look at our free online brochure or our detailed tour calendar.

Alternatively, you can speak directly to one of our knowledgeable Travel Experts by calling them on 01285 880980 or requesting a call back. We’re always happy to talk about the joys of cultural and wildlife experiences accompanied by the very brightest minds.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Flamingo, shot by Alfie Bowen
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Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
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If you haven't heard of WaterBear, it is the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Whatever…
Panoramic view of lush karst peaks and valley floor from top of a mountains.
Our Tourism Declares Plan
Justin Wateridge
We have a duty to give our world a chance to truly thrive, not just as an industry, but as a…
Ant, Napo, Ecuadorian Amazon
Small changes, big impact
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
Incorporating these changes when thinking about your holiday or travelling can have a big impact on our environment, the wildlife we…
Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Our Favourite Properties Creating a Positive Impact
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When done responsibly, travel can have a real, long-lasting positive impact on the world; on the local communities, wildlife and environment,…
Aerial Road, Awasi Iguazu, Argentina
Positive impact travel in 2021 and beyond
Justin Wateridge
‘'Our planet is one in a billion, a world teeming with life. But now, a new dominant force is changing the…
Black lion tamarin, Brazil
Conservation Heroes 2020 Award Winners
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
While 2020 will be remembered for many things, there will always be the prevailing sense of hope and unity that we…
Looking Forward at a Better World – October 2020
Justin Wateridge
As our inner worlds collide with new people, places and things, we imprint a part of ourselves on them, and them…
Debs B-D planting trees at Scunthorpe
Steppes Travel Forest in Brigg, Scunthorpe
Steppes Travel
Tackling the climate crisis - In 2019, Steppes Travel issued a call to arms on carbon emissions through a pioneering land-concession…
amazon rainforest, brazil
The Steppes Fund for Change: Our 2020 projects
Steppes Travel
As part of our 2019 Steppes Fund for Change initiative, we partnered with 20 community-led projects helping to mitigate climate change…

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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