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.

An aerial view of a turquoise blue river bending through a lush green forest in the Philippines

Sustainability - The Steppes Fund for Change

The driving force behind our approach to sustainability. Through creating travel that has a positive impact we look to actively repair and rejuvenate the natural and social world around us.

Our Mission

The Steppes Fund for Change is a collection of initiatives to promote positive impact travel, and a call-to-arms to the industry to take action. When you, our clients, take the leap to discover the extraordinary, you can be sure that you are doing it in a way that puts the planet first.

Our mission is to channel funds to the communities, conservation agencies, and NGOs that we work with and to create staff and client engagement to achieve progress in opportunities for women around the world, provide access to education for all children and conserve our wildlife and environment.

Read on to see exactly what we’re doing this year.

Polar bear on the drift ice with snow, with evening yellow sun, Spitsbergen, Norway

Tourism Declares: Climate Emergency

Reduction of carbon is the biggest challenge we all face right now, and it requires an objective and empirical approach. Mindful of the adage, ‘if you can’t measure it then you can’t improve it’ we are currently in the process of working out a gauge that will allow us to determine the carbon footprint of our individual holidays so that we can reduce our emissions and offer, you, our clients, more sustainable travel options.

Read our declaration in full

world land trust

We currently offset all of our Steppes Travel team flights through the World Land Trust.

Ponheary foundation girls on bikes waving
Ponheary Ly Foundation, Cambodia

Every trip contributes to change

We pledge £50 per person per booking and add it to a fund that supports 20 women’s empowerment, girls’ education and wildlife conservation programmes across the world. While back home, a further £50 per person goes towards our fledgeling scheme to plant trees in Scunthorpe and to sponsor a nuclear fusion researcher at the University of Oxford.

Rooting for long-term solutions

Our commitment to offsetting 100% of the carbon emissions from our clients’ flights is something that will never change. Last year, Steppes Travel and the Woodland Trust started the ambitious task of creating a 40-acre community wood near Scunthorpe by planting the first 4,000 trees – an area with some of the most polluted air in Britain.

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Nicolas Cristen, Oxford, United Kingdom
Nicolas Christen, Oxford, United Kingdom

Supporting nuclear fusion research for a greener energy solution

Nuclear fusion is seen by many as the panacea for a safe energy solution. Steppes Travel is supporting the work of Nicolas Christen, a doctorate student with the Plasma Physics Group at the University of Oxford, and his work into harnessing this game-changing way of producing energy.

If you would like to join our waiting list to be invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Abingdon please email [email protected]

Plastic bottle in the ocean sea water
Plastic pollution in the Ocean

One Bottle at a Time (OBaaT)

Plastic pollution is one of the most unnecessary threats facing our environment. At Steppes Travel HQ, we all do our bit to be plastic conscious, reducing, recycling and reusing wherever possible.

We’re also keen to tackle unnecessary plastic waste in the countries that we operate in. Steppes Travel is proud to be part of the One Bottle at a Time initiative which, together with other tour operators, aims to remove one million single-use plastic water bottles from across our holiday operations.

Whilst travelling please be sure to travel with a refillable, reusable bottle. If you would like a Steppes Travel branded bottle, please speak to your travel expert.

Our Projects

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary. Since 1989 we have donated over £1.2million to organisations that make a positive impact around the world.

Where our projects are located

Project Facts

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Frog, Amazon
What to watch on WaterBear
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
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
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
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…
Man in boat on dried out lake
Sustainable Travel: Climate Emergency
Justin Wateridge
At Steppes Travel, we believe that travel, done sustainably and responsibly, can and does make the world a better place. Travel…

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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