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Desert adapted elephant, Damaraland, Namibia

Positive Impact Travel

Curated holiday ideas that have a positive impact around the world.

At Steppes we believe in the power of travel as a force for good. We are firm believers in the idea that once you are able to explore our world, you will have the privilege of being an ambassador for change to protect species, their habitats and global communities.

Below, you will find a hand-picked selection of holiday ideas, properties and experiences that showcase the positive impact that travel can have. It is by no means an exhaustive list and don’t forget, all our holidays can be created based on causes and interests close to your heart.

Jaguar in Brazilian Pantanal

Conservation, Community and Carbon

We look at these three pillars of sustainability to see whether our partners are supporting local conservation efforts, investing in their local communities and mitigating their carbon footprint. For example, Pousada Trijuncao in Brazil uses tourist activity to ignite the local economy by employing local people and is a leading business in the region with regard to fair employment conditions and creating economic opportunities. And Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica purchased 340 hectares of primary rainforest which is prime wildlife habitat. This has a ‘no-visitor’ policy, but researchers from the Jaguar Program can access the area for their vital work on jaguar conservation.

Red eyed tree frog, Costa Rica
Red eyed tree frog, Costa Rica

Highlights of Costa Rica

Through a combination of protected areas and community-based, sustainable tourism, Costa Rica has successfully restored its forest cover to over 52%. Suited to thrill seekers, nature lovers and those with a curiosity to learn more about conservation, this holiday dips a toe in both the Caribbean and the Pacific and visits all the best bits in between.

14 days

from £7,450 pp

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Jeep Arkaba Station Flinders Ranges

South Australia and Kangaroo Island

Combine Kangaroo Island, the Flinders Ranges, Barossa Valley and Murray River for a holiday that epitomises how sustainability, fun and fulfilment in Australia’s great outdoors can all come together.

14 days

from £9,950 pp

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Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas and Wildlife of Akagera

Rwanda has become synonymous with gorilla trekking, but this holiday showcases another side to this fascinating country. Trek for endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Virunga Massif, before driving east to the lakes, savannah and hills of Akagera. With African Parks assuming management of Akagera National Park, conservation and community became the focus. Once devoid of wildlife, the animal populations are now flourishing.

7 days

from £9,650 pp

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Experiences

Tell us about your passions, interests and causes close to your heart so we can help you create something extraordinary.

Kenya Mother elephant with a baby, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Mara Elephant Project

Join Mark Goss, the CEO of the Mara Elephant Project, on an aerial reconnaissance mission to track the collared elephants, enjoy the view of the Mara from above and support the work of the project.

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Maned wolf (Chysocyon brachyurus)

Oncafari Maned Wolf Project

Meet with researchers from the Oncafari Maned Wolf Project to learn about their conservation project in more detail and go in search of Brazil’s most endangered canid, the maned wolf.

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West Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island

Meet with conservationists and witness first-hand Kangaroo Island’s natural regeneration following the devastating fires.

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Bengal Tiger, Satpura National Park, India

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary & Satpura National Park

Combine a stay at the Bori Safari Lodge and Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in Satpura and take an all-day safari exploring biodiversity hotspots.

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Green sea turtle hatchling

Turtle Conservation

Visit Tortuguero, one of the world’s major nesting sites for Atlantic green turtles.

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Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have hand-picked a selection of holiday ideas, curated with positive impact travel in mind. Take the time to search through them and find the spark for your unique adventure.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Ant, Napo, Ecuadorian Amazon
Sustainability
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…
Aerial Road, Awasi Iguazu, Argentina
Travel
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…
Crabeater seal, Antarctic Peninsula
Sustainability
Positive Impact Travel – 2021 Sustainability Report
Steppes Travel
Published December 2021 Steppes Travel commits to giving an update at the end of every year, on its progress against set…
Low white cloud covers jungle canopies as sunrises, with mountain in background.
Sustainability
Making informed choices when taking to the skies
Alison Frusher
Airlines around the world are slowly waking up to their responsibilities on climate change.  The pandemic of course will not help,…
Fogo Island Inn, Canada ©Alex Fradkin
Travel
Positive Impact Properties
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain

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