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.

15 days

from £6,950 pp

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Eastern grey kangaroo, near Emerald beach, Australia

Australian Safari – Outback to Ocean

This holiday to South Australia and Western Australia showcases the country’s distinctive wildlife and spectacular landscapes, journeying from outback to ocean, meeting passionate locals, with explorations on foot, by boat and train.

15 days

from £11,495 pp

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Young wet gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Highlights of Rwanda

Rwanda has become synonymous with gorilla trekking, but this holiday also showcases the diverse wildlife and landscapes elsewhere in this fascinating country. As well as trekking for endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Virunga Massif, explore the lakes, savannah and hills of Akagera in the east, and the chimpanzee inhabited forests of western Nyungwe.

11 days

from £14,595 pp

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Manta Ray, Snorkelling
Manta Ray, Indonesia

Ocean holidays making a difference

As a traveller, your choices can make a difference. We’ve compiled a list of destinations that have been either designated Marine Protected Areas or have been given Hope Spot status by marine conservationist Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue project. These destinations rely on the revenue from tourism to help fund their protected status. Our collection of holiday ideas and experiences below not only deliver outstanding marine-based experiences, they also contribute to the protection of habitat, communities and wildlife in sea-side environments.

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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.

Positive Impact Travel

At Steppes Travel, we are committed to reporting publicly on the progress we have made and the actions we have taken in fulfilling our commitment to people, planet and profit. In 2022, we have been working to enhance the sustainability of our business and augment the positive impact of our holidays.

Read our 2022 Positive Travel Impact Report

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Ant, Napo, Ecuadorian Amazon
Small changes, big impact
Steppes Travel
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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…
Crabeater seal, Antarctic Peninsula
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…
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Making informed choices when taking to the skies
Alison Frusher
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