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You as a guest in Tanzania are an important factor for the success of our policies and initiatives to have the development of our country take place in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.

If you see yourself in a position to support a charitable organisation in Tanzania such as a home for street children and orphans, or a women's initiative you can see different options to do so on the website of our charitable brach, the ZARA Charity.

Just a few minutes' walk from Highview Hotel you can also visit the Mwema Centre for Street Children. The centre runs a home for former street children, a school where former street children are prepared to re-enter the public school system, and a meeting space in Karatu town centre where current street children can get food, entertainment, education and counselling.

Here you can watch the Mwema Kids singing a song.

Also, we ask our guests to respect the local environment and promote local projects, products and producers. In particular, we ask you:

* To assist local economies by purchasing local products instead of imported ones.

* Not to buy souvenirs made from endangered indigenous wood such as ebony, bamba kofi or mangrove wood, and souvenirs which encourage the destruction of our flora and fauna such as pieces of corals, large sea shells, turtle shells or other primed or living animals.

* Not to remove any natural objects such as plants or sea shells.

* Not to harass wildlife or marine life.

* Not to leave litter. Please take all litter back from the mountains or safaris unless responsibly disposed of by your trip guides.

* Water is precious - please use it sparingly.

* At our hotels, leaving towels on the towel rail means you want to use them again. Putting them on the floor means you want them to be replaced. This saves detergents.

* Please ask before taking photos of people or private houses.

* Respect the customs of the local population. In areas of Muslim population (coast towns and Zanzibar) women are requested to cover their shoulders and wear knee length skirts or trousers and not to go topless on beaches where there are local people. In towns men should not go shirtless. Alcohol is freely available but drunken behaviour is regarded offensive.

* Don't give presents of money to children and don't accept services from unlicensed people.

Mwema Centre for Street Children
Mwema Centre for Street Children Karatu
Mwema Centre Kids
Kids at the Mwema Centre
Endangered bird species
Endangered bird species at the Selous

Lizard in the Serengeti

Buy local souvenirs - but not those made from indigenous hardwoods

Say no to large seashells and pieces of corals

Ask before taking pictures such as this one - and be prepared to offer money

save water
Help us save water

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