About Boogie Pilgrim, Madagascar – Socially Responsible Trips and Tours
Boogie Pilgrim is an incoming travel agency in Madagascar. We do all types of trips, all around Madagascar: individual, group, budget, middle and luxury, on foot, by 4 wheel drive and even by private plane. Whether you are a trekker or a luxury fan, BOOGIE has trip for you! We are most keen on fauna and flora observation (Madagascar is home to 80% of endemic fauna and flora), ecotourism, trek & adventure tours, community based tourism and tours allowing a real encounter with the malagasy people, a real discovery of their way of living. Our guides speak French, English and German. We know well the tours we sell and our team is regularly on the field to update information and find new exciting adventure trips, charming hotels off the beaten track.
We began in tourism running a small ecolodge on the Canal des Pangalanes in 1987: The Bush House. In 1989 we created the incoming Tour Operator “Boogie Pilgrim” in Antananarivo. Boogie Pilgrim owns 3 lodges:
- TSARA CAMP: an all comforts tented camp in the awesome mountain scenery of the Tsaranoro Valley (South)
- BUSH HOUSE: an ecolodge on the Pangalanes Canal (South East)
- MANANARA FOREST LODGE: open since may 2007 in Anjozorobe primary forest, 2hrs from capital Antananarivo (Central).
We have created a Bush School in each of this places.
Our impact on the local community and more
Boogie Pilgrim provides socially responsible trips and tours. The company is convinced that the adoption of appropriate practices can give an important contribution both to minimize the negative environmental, social and economic impacts and to maximize the positive ones. Travelling has to be a rewarding experience for tourists and, at the same time, a beneficial activity for local communities and for their environment.
In order to reach these objectives, Boogie Pilgrim adopted a Travellers’ code of conduct and an Employees’ code of conduct.
- Organize encounters between tourists and local communities, respecting and promoting the local culture, in order to increase the local pride and to enrich guests’ experience. For example, we promote a pro-poor approach to tourism and support CALA, an aid organization to former lepers in the north-eastern town to Antalaha.
- Involve local communities in decision making, when tourism activities involve them or their territory. We have created a Bush School in three nearby locations and run Tsarasoatra Birdlife Sanctuary, a haven in the busy capital city of Antananarivo.
- Encourage use of internet and emails to share information with clients and suppliers, in order to minimize paper use and transportation.
- Encourage energy saving practices, for electricity and water utilization
- Support conservation, through financial contributions and through recruiting eco-volunteers
- Provide tourists with information on good practices on how to contribute to conservation during their visits.
- Hire staff according to the national legislation
- Hire and give continuous training to local guides and staff
- Promote visits and encourage paybacks to support rural public schools and local development projects
- Whenever possible, use suppliers which are ethical, locally owned and that promote Malagasy culture and conservation.
- Encourage our customers to buy products which are locally produced instead of imported goods.
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