Code of Ethics
A quality experience rests on the integrity of the safari company and its guides. Eco-tourism has become an important industry that contributes greatly to conservation and empowers local people. The last strongholds for wildlife are in protected areas. If not managed properly, the negative effects on wildlife and local communities could very well deprive future generations the chance at witnessing the majesty of the natural world.
A quality safari operator demonstrates a strong commitment to social responsibility by primarily hiring from local areas while supporting programs and projects that benefit communities. The significance of this relationship is to ensure a bright future for both wildlife and people.
Without wild animals, there would be no wildlife viewing industry. Responsible safari operators are actively involved in conservation by supporting wildlife research and education, endangered species and habitat protection, anti-poaching efforts, and programs that work to minimize human/wildlife conflict.
Eco-tourism is a rapidly growing industry. If we are not careful, we may love our remaining wild places to death. Minimizing and reducing the human footprint is a goal of any reputable safari operator.
First Light Safaris does not condone any type of conduct that negatively impacts wildlife. There will always be circumstances where displacing game is unavoidable and unintentional. The human presence is going to alter wildlife behavior somewhat. Guiding behavior that results in a pattern of disturbance to wildlife should be discouraged. Unscrupulous conduct of this nature does the industry a grave injustice. It creates false expectations, hurts reputable guides, and places you and wildlife in dangerous situations.