How your safari helps conservation and communities.
Our safari associates – private guides and camp/lodge operators – foster sustainable tourism, whereby there is minimal impact on the environment and local communities receive benefit from tourism, which in turn preserves habitats and wildlife.
Your safari plays a hugely important role in supporting responsible sustainable tourism. Without visitors and the benefits to the communities which tourism brings, the habitat would soon succumb to human expansion, agriculture and poaching and the wildlife would disappear and the real Africa safari experience of today would be a thing of the past.
Private guides and camp/lodge operators employ local staff and are involved with community projects – sponsoring education, supporting or building rural schools, initiating healthcare facilities and educating local communities in conservation. Many also become involved in much needed wildlife research.
Local communities own land which has been set aside specifically for wildlife-based tourism and bed night fees go into community coffers. Some camps and lodges are owned by local communities which helps drive conservation in the area even further. Included in nightly rates and your safari price are bed night levies and community fees which directly support the local communities.
By going on safari to remote areas you are supporting whole communities and helping to preserve wildlife and habitats for future generations.
Illegal Wildlife Trade
Poaching is a tragic problem across Africa – the illegal poaching for rhino horn and elephant ivory is well publicised and is decimating populations. We support Tusk and encourage our guests to do the same. Royal Patron Prince William has bought global attention to the plight of endangered species being hammered by the illegal wildlife trade. Tusk not only works to protect wildlife, but also to help alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside the wildlife. www.tusk.org
Africa’s natural heritage is the world’s natural heritage. We have to preserve places like this…not just for us, but for future generations”
“The imperative of balancing conservation of wildlife and natural resources with the ever-growing needs of the human race is at the heart of the great challenge facing mankind today.”
There was a time when there were distinct safari seasons across Africa. But things have changed over the years and visiting outside the traditional seasons is now not only possible, but often desirable.