Acacia Africa is urging agents to tell clients to bring their own refillable water bottles on safari tours following a decision by the Tanzanian government to ban plastic bags.

The government has banned plastic bags in the country from the start of this month to reduce the use of plastic.

The Africa overland specialist is supporting the ban and is backing the reduction of plastic by using vehicles for its Serengeti and Ngorongoro safaris fitted with new 20 litre water dispensers. Each one is filled with safe drinking water from Arusha.

The operator is now urging agents to tell clients to bring refillable water bottles instead of buying plastic bottles locally.

Arno Delport, sales and marketing manager, said: “If we have 100% of clients refilling, it will significantly reduce the use of waste – our combined efforts putting an end to plastic pollution.”

The operator is also encouraging clients to spread the word on social media using the hashtag #Bringyourbottle.

It currently has discounts on several of its Tanzania tours such as the 11 day Highlights of Tanzania trip, featuring safari game drives and a beach stay in Zanzibar, from £1,052, including transport, camping accommodation, meals and a tour leader but excluding flights. In addition, there is an Adventure Pass, from £700, charged to cover the cost of excursions, park entries and activities during the tour.

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