"Cultural Exchange and Positive Impact are at the center of the Kepri business model and actions."
Sailing the Nile instead if using motor-boats
Cultural Exchange and Positive Impact are at the center of the Kepri business model and actions. Kepri is innovating and investing itself fully in the sustainable development of all countries visited during expeditions. These sustainable development projects are mainly (1) community development projects and (2) environmental protection projects.
While visiting beautiful landscapes via outdoor activities is a crucial aspect of all of our trips, we feel our differentiating factor is how we are able to create platforms for cultural exchanges. Being able to meet the local population, without necessarily a commercial context, allows the exchange to be sincere and authentic.
Because of our Creative Organizer's (COs) we are put into direct contact with their friends, family and other contacts over the course of the trip. Their generosity to share their time and energy with the group is an aspect of the trip that will mark the traveler. We very often forget beautiful photos that we took on our past trips, but rare is it that we forget the relationships we built with the people that touched us.
Examples of cultural exchange workshops: in Peru we can visit a small village in the North where we will spend the day with local fishermen to build traditional fishing vessels that we then test in the Pacific Ocean. Having fishermen (who do not speak anything other than Spanish and do not work as tour guides) take the time to show us their heritage makes this experience true to our ecotourism philosophy.
The environment is what triggered Kepri. Karim Haggar and Anthony Chamy founded the company (previously called ecotours) because they felt they had to do something about the degradation of the natural environment in their country of origin. They are convinced that ecotourism is a very promising solution.
Thus, Kepri's team of trip organizers have decided to develop a system to measure the impact of our trips on three levels: (1) the natural environment, (2) the local culture, and (3) the local economy.
We do not limit the impact measurement to CO2 emissions but we go further to understand how the trips we design benefit the local communities not only on the economical level but also on the cultural and environmental levels. We influence and follow the evolution of their ecotourism practices.
These ecotourism (or sustainable tourism) practices that we strongly foster and diffuse emphasize healthy outdoor activities and most importantly cultural activities that empower the local communities, that enable them to preserve their beautiful traditions and at the same time that help them progress and evolve.
We strive to build long term and trust relationships with our local partners around the globe and we work hard to continually bring them new ideas that enable them to improve their ecotourism practices. By paying them directly, our influence is direct and so our responsibility is greater. By encouraging suppliers that have good environment practices we can reinforce the green values that we share and validate the need for ecotourism in the industry.
Examples of this are the hotels/ecolodges we choose to work with, since everything, from the construction materials, to the waste management system will determine our interest in working with them.
The Kepri team is working on a tool for simulating the ecological lifecycle of all trips and take into account activities that are directly or indirectly related to the trip's production.