Safaris five years from now

25 years ago, when Next Adventure started offering custom, personalized safaris in Africa, it was considered an exotic niche experience for keen photographers, passionate birders and intrepid travelers. The entry requirements were complex, the standards of hospitality and guiding were inconsistent and there was virtually no glossy marketing photos or videos. 

Today, from the biggest celebrities to the royal family, safaris are celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury and adventure travel but still out-of-reach or off-the-radar for many. As popular destinations face damaging overtourism, particularly during narrow peak seasons, rates have sky-rocketed, and more brands are focusing on the ultra-high end of the luxury market.

 

Here at Next Adventure, we believe in the power of tourism to be a positive force in the lives of travelers as well as those communities who host, guide and care for us during our travels. With thoughtful choices and deliberate actions, sustainable ecotourism contributes to the protection of a wider footprint of wilderness as well as to the benefit of more remote communities who live with wildlife. 

 

5 ways safaris should change over the next 5 years

  • Greater representation of local communities in the ownership and management of tourism entities
    • Next Adventure supports sustainable ecotourism by promoting the most reputable operators as well as camps, lodges and conservancies that are owned, operated and managed by local communities. 

 

  • More awareness of safaris as an accessible and repeatable international travel option 
    • Next Adventure never talks about safaris as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you love nature and the outdoors, if you love animals, wildlife and adventure, there is a lifetime of experiences to be had on safari in Africa.

 

  • Increase in mid-career travelers, families and multi-generational groups
    • Next Adventure meets travelers where they are in their life, and we help find the safari that is right for them. We aren’t squeezing you into a scheduled trip or selling seats on predetermined itineraries.

 

  • Expanded safari calendar with more travel during green and shoulder season
    • Overtourism is a real concern in sensitive ecosystems. With all the focus on popular peak season safaris, Next Adventure celebrates more sustainable options that take pressure off of iconic destinations while also extending the benefits of tourism to more communities.

 

  • Progress in emerging destinations like Angola, Chad, Malawi and Mozambique
    • Prior to the pandemic, Next Adventure was excited to see good quality safaris developing in new areas. It takes a reliable pipeline of local talent, investments in infrastructure and robust market demand to make these destinations a success, and we’re looking for travelers who are ready to take the plunge.

 

Increasingly, the conservation of wild places and the livelihoods of remote communities rely on tourism, and one of the challenges ahead is how to grow ecotourism in a responsible and sustainable manner. Hopefully, we can inspire the next generation of international adventure travelers to love and explore the wilderness and consider more unique safari experiences.

 

 

Here’s our Top 10 Safaris for Every Kind of Traveler

Top 10 Safaris for Every Kind of Traveler

During the pandemic, we had plenty of time to reminisce about our favorite safaris and really examine which safari experiences are the best fit for different kinds of travelers. With 25 years of experience, we’ve personally visited all of these top recommendations below, and we’re confident you’ll find the seed for your perfect safari.

Top Premier Luxury Safari

Pamushana – Malilangwe – Zimbabwe

Photo by Singita

There are so many wonderful safari camps that offer truly luxurious experiences in beautifully remote areas, but we had to pick one. We had to pick one that consistently delivers the highest levels of hospitality, dining and guiding in a spectacular wilderness that you can have all to yourself. 

Singita has set the standard for safari luxury at their camps and lodges, but, behind the breathtaking design and attention to detail, Singita’s conservation footprint is just as impressive. No where is that better experienced than in remote southeastern Zimbabwe in the Malilangwe Reserve, 130,000 acres of untouched wilderness teeming with wildlife.

Pamushana is the pinnacle of a luxury with a style that celebrates the essence of being on safari: surrounded by nature and well taken care of with time for reflection and rejuvenation.

  • Remote and exclusive private reserve with no other lodges
  • Exquisite service with the highest caliber of guiding and conservation ethos 
  • Spectacular unique landscape with rocky hilltops, forests, gorges and lake views
  • Variety of activities: rock art, game drives, boating, walks, good rhino sightings

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Top Classic Luxury Safari

Duba Explorers – Okavango – Botswana

Photo by Great Plains Conservation

The best safaris focus on wildlife and guiding, but a classic luxury safari has to have a sense of timelessness and a little flair. There is a certain way that explorers, guides and naturalists have lived in the bush, and Duba Explorers embraces guests with true under-canvas luxury, an exceptional team and memorable bush dining experiences.

The location, in the heart of a private concession in the Okavango Delta, can’t be beat, and there’s a focus on appreciating the environment in style. The furnishings feel personal, completely unique and carefully selected. Even though the camp is tented and relatively lightweight, you can sink into the deep leather chairs and feel that you have everything you need and nothing more.

  • Quintessential Okavango Delta experience 
  • Varied game-rich habitats: forested island, floodplain, grasslands
  • Well rounded activities: game drives, boat, mekoro, walks
  • Top quality guest experience in camp, dining and on activities

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Top Value Safari

Mobile Camping – Okavango – Botswana

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The long road to Savuti

Safaris at the lower end of the budget spectrum can be tricky. To keep costs down, they have to make compromises, but there are some priorities we can’t overlook. The Wilderness Dawning mobile camping safaris in the Okavango Delta strike a perfect balance of excellent guiding in world-class wildlife habitats with a homey, comfortable camping experience. 

If you’re watching your budget and can only go on one safari, we want to focus on value. Over 20 years, we’ve trusted Wilderness Dawning to deliver a consistently impressive, albeit rustic, safari experience with a lot of bang for your buck. This is a true journey with simple tents and cots, campfire cooking, great veteran guides and a couple hundred miles of pristine wilderness.

  • Nostalgic old-fashioned overland safari
  • All about the guide, wildlife and nature; no distractions
  • Affordable access to prime, pristine wilderness
  • Pairs with Victoria Falls and other extensions

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Top Active Adventure Safari

Walking Safaris

For many travelers, the most memorable time on safari isn’t about big game, it’s about getting out of the vehicle and literally getting in touch with the bush. It is thrilling to feel immersed in an ecosystem that is buzzing with life while an expert guide shows you details that can only be appreciated on foot. Walking safaris come in many shapes and sizes, and we had to settle for two very different options. 

  • Immersed in the outdoors but with all the comforts
  • Appreciation for landscape and complexity of ecosystems
  • Top quality interpretive guiding
  • Thrilling contrast to vehicle-based wildlife viewing

South Luangwa – Zambia

Photo by Bushcamp Company

In South Luangwa, known as the birthplace of the walking safari, we love point-to-point itineraries where you can hike between permanent camps in the remote southern sector of the park. Games drives or walks are available while at the camp, but moving between the camps on foot is a special way to experience this dynamic and game-rich valley.

SOUTH LUANGWA WALKING SAFARIS

Lewa Conservancy – Kenya

Photo by Lewa Walking Wild

In Kenya, there are a number of walking safaris especially in the rugged Northern Rangelands, but our favorite is a multi-night, camel-supported fly-camping experience on Lewa Conservancy. Known for its large population of black & white rhino, Lewa offers dramatic high-country scenery, and your personal team of Masai guides know all the best sunset spots.

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Top Community-based Conservation Safari

Sarara – Namunyak Conservancy – Kenya

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Photo by Kili McGowan

So many safari camps and lodges do great conservation and community development work, but Sarara feels like a camp that has grown out of a cause. It is a lovely bush camp with a dramatic setting on a private community-run conservancy. The guides are community elders and expert naturalists who can introduce you to timeless traditions as well as cutting-edge conservation. 

Reteti, on the neighboring conservancy, is the only community-managed elephant sanctuary in Africa, and the whole area is a cross-roads, literally and figuratively. Members of different tribes representing a patchwork of conservancies work alongside each other, collaborating with researchers and demonstrating a new model for sustainable ecotourism.

  • Menagerie of rescued animals in camp, favorite for children
  • Remote and spectacular scenery perfect for hiking
  • Relaxed cultural exchanges: ladies beadworking and singing wells
  • Reteti Elephant Sanctuary visits

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Top Family Safari

Lamai – Serengeti – Tanzania

Photo by Nomad Tanzania

All families are different, but most families are looking for some of the same things for their safari. Flexibility, privacy and variety are key to keeping everybody comfortable, engaged and happy. We’ve seen an amazing increase in family safari accommodations, but our all time favorite sits on a rocky outcrop with views over miles and miles of the endless Serengeti. 

Lamai Serengeti feels like the ultimate wilderness adventure fort in a prime region of the Serengeti with important kid friendly amenities like a fun, thoughtful staff, a pool, private verandas, a natural rock lookout deck and lots of areas for exploration. It’s about the ultimate wildlife experience with a fun place to call home.

  • Spectacular Kopje setting with views of Serengeti
  • Classic East Africa wildlife viewing
  • Family oriented guides and camp staff
  • Variety of lodge activities and spaces to explore

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Top Multi-Generational Family Safari

Somalisa Acacia – Hwange – Zimbabwe

Photo by African Bush Camps

The key to planning multi-generational family safaris is finding a core experience that everyone can share while leaving room for other interests or destinations. Somalisa Acacia in Hwange National Park is a perfect setting for a multi-generational family safari, as a stand-alone camp or part of a longer circuit. It’s easy to access being a short flight or drive from Victoria Falls, and it combines well with Cape Town, Mozambique beaches or other safari destinations in Zimbabwe, the Okavango Delta or Sabi Sands.

The camp itself is stunning, with a dramatic unique design and regular visits from elephant herds who drink from the pool, and the neighboring sister camps offer space and variety for larger family groups. It’s the staff that really makes this camp a great fit. Young camp managers and hosts are enthusiastic to make you feel at home, and you’ll find veteran guides who can show you traditional bushcraft skills and tell captivating stargazing stories.

  • Flexible room configurations, luxury in camp experience
  • Casual and friendly staff, and family oriented guides
  • Something for grandparents, parents and kids
  • Convenient hub location for separate extensions

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Top Remote Safari

Shipwreck Lodge – Skeleton Coast – Namibia

Photo by Natural Selection

Shipwreck-shaped cabins jut out of endless dunes where the world’s oldest desert meets the cold Benguela winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is known for its extremes, the harshness of the desert and the beauty of solitary landscapes filled with history. 

It’s a land of contrasts which is embodied by this quirky lodge that invites you to explore one of the most stark and inhospitable places on the planet. Game drives and walks explore dry riverbeds in search of the rare desert-adapted flora and fauna that survive in these harsh conditions. There’s quad biking and sand-boarding in the dunes, beachcombing turns up whale bones and century-old artifacts, and your guides share endless stories of shipwrecks, diamond mines and geologic time etched into this impossibly remote slice of African wilderness.

  • Ultimate traveler bragging rights
  • Unique and dramatic, sand dunes with fog
  • Extraordinary desert-adapted wildlife and plants
  • 4×4 and quad bike excursions, walking, beachcombing, ship-wrecking

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Top Green Season Safari

Serian “The Original” – Mara North – Kenya

Photo by Alex Walker Serian

There is no better place to be than the Mara during the Green Season months of April and May. It’s truly paradise. The storm clouds over the escarpment are fantastic, and the wildlife seems to rejoice in the afternoon showers. Serian Original captures a freshness of the Masai Mara. It’s one of the most picturesque sites, right on the Mara River, and there always seems to be a breeze, sumptuous food and plenty of time to linger. 

Set in the private Mara North Conservancy, the name Serian means peaceful and serene, and, even though you’re in one of the best known wildlife sanctuaries in the world, you have it all to yourself. The camp provides a private vehicle for every booking, the guides are talented and enthusiastic, and you can walk the grounds, sleep in a treehouse and play with Wifi, the resident good dog.

Serian Original is a great destination all year, but during the Green Season when the Mara is reborn, it feels like the perfect retreat for rejuvenation.

  • Secret season with few guests in the Mara
  • Excellent year-round resident wildlife
  • Long stay to enjoy walking and treehouse sleepout
  • Fresh local food and wonderfully warm hosting

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Top Photographic Safari

Mashatu – Tuli Block – Botswana

Photo by Mashatu

Mashatu is a rare safari lodge that could find itself in almost any best-of category. The landscape is singularly impressive, there’s lots of different activities and the wildlife doesn’t disappoint. As a private reserve, Mashatu offers tons of flexibility, and it is a huge landscape that rewards a longer stay. 

Mashatu really shines for the photographer. There are sweeping vistas overlooking remarkable topography, unbelievable baobabs and a perfect quality of light that seems impossible to find anywhere else. On top of biking, hiking and horseback riding, the photographic hides offer something truly spectacular: a perfect protected hiding spot at ground level on the edge of an active waterhole shared by a wide variety of wildlife.

  • Multiple productive photo hides
  • Excellent photographic vehicles and tutors on site
  • High rate of “predator action” and kills
  • Great density of wildlife with some unique species

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The Wide World of Safaris

Through the Next Adventure Lens

One of Next Adventure’s most rewarding pandemic projects was examining our data from the last five years on a bednight basis (per person/per night), looking at exactly where and how our clients travel and who we are as a company.

Here are a few interesting data points from one safari specialist providing creative custom itineraries with a focus on responsible operators and excellent value.

 

 

How do our clients travel

Over the last 5 years, Next Adventure designed custom safaris ranging from $300 to $3000+ per person per night for clients traveling to:

    • 12 countries in East & Southern Africa
    • 108 different wilderness areas (national parks, reserves & conservancies)
    • 458 unique accommodations (hotels, resorts, camps & lodges)

By far, our clients spent the most time in the Okavango Delta and the Masai Mara. Both areas are well-known for having a remarkable density of charismatic megafauna, and they both offer a mix of national parks and private concessions to suit a range of budgets, activities and accommodation styles. 

June and July are the most popular months for our clients to go on safari, coinciding with school breaks and the beginning of peak season when safari camps are full and rates are at their highest.

February, March and April are the least popular months which is our biggest opportunity to expand the safari calendar and take advantage of Green and Shoulder season specials. These months can be magical, and there are great values to be had.

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Only 2 camp operators earn more than a 5% share of the bednights we book. The rest of our bednights are split over dozens of reputable portfolios and independent camp and lodge operators which speaks to our commitment to craft truly personal safaris for each client.

Of our top 5 local partners, we’ve been working with 4 of them for more than 20 years. The 5th, we’ve been working with for more than 10. These are the people we trust who will meet you on arrival, monitor your travels locally and respond directly to any concern, delay or interruption while you’re on safari.

 

Notable trends by country

  • While Botswana is known for having the most expensive safari camps on average, it is also home to what we consider the most affordable and best value safari.
  • South Africa sees our highest percentage of bednights at Premier level camps which is what South Africa does best: luxury, wine and wildlife.
  • Zimbabwe offers excellent overall value with the highest percentage of bednights at Traditional level camps, a great diversity of landscapes, mixed activities and a reputation for high quality guides.
  • Tanzania and Kenya often feature in single-country itineraries with direct international air access, iconic safaris & pristine beaches.
  • Namibia and Rwanda have seen the most growth in terms of insta-popularity and new luxury options, but they tend not to be on the list for first-time safaris. 
  • Uganda and Zambia remain under-the-radar, hidden gems that most of our clients visit on short extensions (primate trekking or Vic Falls, respectively), but they make for exciting single-country itineraries with great value at the Classic level and truly unique circuits.

 

While some companies follow market(ing) trends and high-profile bucket lists, we like to inspire our clients and use our expertise to design unique personal itineraries. When there are so many kinds of safari, what kind of safari is right for you?

 

Here’s our top 10 safaris for every kind of traveler

CONDE NAST TRAVELER – MARCH 2021

We choose to get to know our clients, and we do everything we can to make sure they are well-suited and well-prepared for an awe-inspiring safari.

With small, intimate camps, wide-open spaces and a return to nature, safaris are a perfect antidote to the challenges of 2020, and we’re optimistic more people will be drawn to the unique experiences that can only be had on safari.

TRAVEL + LEISURE – DECEMBER 2020

2020 has been a hard year for all of us, especially for those who depend on tourism. But, just because we can’t travel and visit in person doesn’t mean we can’t donate to our favorite places in the season of giving.

Next Adventure, a travel company that focuses on “crafting custom African journeys for travelers all over the globe,” is looking to help its favorite conservation and community programs across the continent, which have been hit hard by the lack of travel throughout the year.

Each day throughout the month of December, the company is highlighting projects from all over East and Southern Africa that you can give to in their time of need.

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Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association

Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association is using a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to reverse the declining trend of the endangered Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda, with a focus on stopping the illegal trade.

Grey Crowned Cranes (Balearica regulorum) are a symbol of wealth and longevity in Rwandan culture, and face increasing threats due to habitat reduction and illegal trade. Rwanda is a small country with an incredible variety of bio-diversity, yet it is challenged by high population density and extreme poverty. This results in resources and land being overstretched and high competition between people and wildlife.

Additionally, Grey Crowned Cranes have been kept in captivity by hotels and by wealthy families who are unaware of the environmental consequences of doing so. These captive cranes are usually stressed, malnourished, have their wings broken to prevent them flying, don’t breed and die prematurely. In addition, there has been a general lack of awareness in Rwanda about the endangered status of cranes and the law protecting them.

Learn more about Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association

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Conservation Travel Foundation

The Conservation Travel Foundation was founded in 2006 by Tristan Cowley, later also a co-founder of Ultimate Safaris. From the onset, the objective of the Foundation was to partner with Conservation Travel to bring about tangible, positive impacts on ecosystem conservation and on the socio-economic development of rural communities in Namibia.

The early efforts of the Foundation raised a mere few hundred dollars a year. It now raises, and deploys, in excess of US$ 250,000 a year for conservation and rural development projects in Namibia.

Innovation and determination by many remarkable people and organisations have given Namibia one of Africa’s most amazing wildlife recovery stories. Desert-adapted black rhino, elephant, lion, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and giraffe have all emerged from populations on the brink of local extinction, to roam north western Namibia in healthy, if fragile, numbers. Throughout the country populations of wildlife of every description have increased dramatically – due in no small part to the establishment of Community Conservancies on Communal Land, the advent of legal ownership of wildlife on private land, and a facilitative Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Conservation minded travelers are already making a positive impact as they embark on their life enriching journey, just by visiting Namibia. However, the effects of this can reach even further, and much of the real impact comes from partnerships formed with like-minded individuals and entities with similar values.

Learn more about the Conservation Travel Foundation

Congo Peace School

The Congo Peace School provides an education to children unable to afford school fees, taking them off the streets, out of the mines, and into classrooms, so they are no longer easy targets of warlords. Education is a powerful tool for global change, and when given the opportunity for an education, these children can become productive leaders of Congo and become a solution with the capacity to reverse years of devastation

In addition to the Congolese school curriculum, the teachers and staff will be trained to integrate nonviolence and trauma support into the school system, creating education for leadership, to raise up peace leaders, and influence the future of Congo through its youth.


 

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Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organization supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, which aims to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of children in Africa

Children in the Wilderness increases children’s awareness, bridges cultural divides, broadens horizons, builds confidence, provides opportunities for new friendships, positive life choices, and reveals career opportunities

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Desert Lion Conservation

Desert Lion Conservation, or the “Desert Lion Project”, as it is often referred to, is a small non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of desert – adapted lions in the Northern Namib. Our main focus is to collect important base-line ecological data on the lion population and to study their behaviour, biology and adaptation to survive in the harsh environment. We then use this information to collaborate with other conservation bodies in the quest to find a solution to human-lion conflict, to elevate the tourism value of lions, and to contribute to the conservation of the species.

Addressing the conflict between people and wildlife requires striking a balance between conservation priorities and the needs of the people who share their land with wildlife. Managing human-lion conflict in the arid environment of the Kunene Region is complex. Sporadic and variable rainfall patterns, typical of arid environments, result in large overlapping home ranges amongst the lions that often clash with local farmers in search of suitable grazing for their livestock. However, lions are important to the growing tourism industry and there is an urgent need to manage the clashes between people and lions in the region. Understanding the population demography and behaviour ecology of the lion population is essential to this process.

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Dian Fossey Fund

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Their successful, integrated approach includes close collaboration with local governments and communities as well as partners from around the world

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has more than 50 years of successful conservation work in saving gorillas based on a holistic model with four key parts: direct, daily protection of gorillas; scientific research on gorillas and their ecosystems; educating the next generation of scientists and conservationists in Africa; and helping local people with basic needs, so that communities can thrive and work together

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African Parks

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks currently manage 19 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.2 million hectares in: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

The organization was founded in 2000 in response to the dramatic decline of protected areas due to poor management and lack of funding. African Parks utilizes a clear business approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas, securing vast landscapes and carrying out the necessary activities needed to protect the parks and their wildlife. African Parks maintains a strong focus on economic development and poverty alleviation of surrounding communities to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term

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African Pangolin Working Group

The African Pangolin Working Group (APWG) was established on 27 June 2011, following an inaugural meeting by a diverse group of people who all have one passion in common – understanding and protecting pangolins in Africa

The APWG’s objectives are encompassed by its mission statement: “The African Pangolin Working Group will strive towards the conservation and protection of all four African pangolin species by generating knowledge, developing partnerships and creating public awareness and education initiatives”

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Zambezi Elephant Fund

The Zambezi Elephant Fund (ZEF) works collaboratively with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority, NGOs and the private sector to develop, implement and manage: anti-poaching operations, field equipment and supplies for rangers and support teams, anti-poaching ranger training, conservation security planning and implementation, information systems and networking, technology and systems for anti-poaching operations, community livelihood programs, habitat restoration initiatives, and education and awareness delivery

ZEF has, in collaboration with their partners, built an anti-poaching reaction ranger base, conducted multiple aerial surveys, supplied equipment and rations to rangers, run training programmes, held collaborative workshops, funded three deployment vehicles, a patrol boat and driver/coxswain, funded a dedicated light aircraft for Flying for Wildlife, set up a highly effective illegal wildlife crime unit with Zimbabwe Republic Police’s MFFU, and kickstarted a crucial community-based sustainable habitat programme around tree planting and innovative cookstoves

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Amboseli Trust for Elephants

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy

Amboseli was chosen because the elephants were relatively undisturbed in the sense that they were not fenced in, were still moving freely in the ecosystem, and were not being heavily poached. The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to gather base-line data on the biology of a “natural” population and most importantly they want to study elephants by following individuals over time. More than 40 years later, some of the same individuals are still being followed since 1972 as well as all the Amboseli elephants that have been born since the start of the Trust. Much of what is collectively known today about wild African elephants is based on these studies

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Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

Working to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation efforts that directly benefit wildlife, wilderness and the local Maasai communities

The world increasingly relies on many traditional communities like the Maasai to protect the ecological treasures that exist within the land that they own. But the incredible wilderness and wildlife of Africa’s grasslands and the famous culture of the Maasai people both face daunting threats to their long-term survival. The fate of both rests with the Maasai themselves as they work to figure out how to benefit from their incredible natural resources while protecting and preserving them at the same time

The Trust funds and operates a range of programs aimed at protecting wilderness and wildlife. Our success comes from promoting sustainable economic benefits to the local Maasai community, thereby encouraging their active participation as stewards of our critical ecosystem. Lease payments for conservancies, carbon credits, wildlife monitoring and security, conservation and ecotourism employment…these are just some of the ways MWCT is creating a cutting edge model of successful community-based conservation

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Project Ranger

Project Ranger fills a critical gap in wildlife monitoring, surveying, and anti-poaching operations of existing NGO’s in Africa through an emergency fund supporting those on the front-lines of conservation. Contributions from private individuals, foundations, and corporate partners will supplement budget deficits with local ground partners by funding salaries, training, and operations of wildlife monitors, rangers and anti-poaching personnel.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s ripple effects are broad; leaving virtually no industry, economy, or continent immune. As travel and tourism has been brought to a standstill, many wilderness areas are left vacant and workers left with uncertainty of personal income. This “perfect storm” of conditions is leaving many endangered animals highly vulnerable to wildlife crime.

 

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Conservation Through Public Health

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)  is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with an innovative methodology that focuses on the interdependence of wildlife and human health in and around Africa’s protected areas. CTPH has three integrated strategic programs: Wildlife Conservation, Community Health and Alternative Livelihoods. Poverty alleviation and improving rural public health will contribute to greater biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in and around Africa’s protected areas.

Conservation is rooted in earning the support of the local communities who share a backyard with some of the most biodiverse wildlife in the world. Many of the most isolated and impoverished families live around protected areas in Africa—their lifestyles imposing an imminent threat to the survival of wildlife and habitats and eventually, themselves. Land encroachment, competition for food, and the spread of zoonotic disease between people, wildlife and livestock are all grim everyday realities.

CTPH has three main strategic programs: Gorilla Conservation, One Health and Alternative Livelihoods. Poverty alleviation and improving rural public health will contribute to greater biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in and around Africa’s protected areas.

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Mother Africa Trust

The Mother Africa Trust was born out of the belief that, through effective volunteer eco-tourism and legitimate community collaborations a better future can be built for the rural communities in Zimbabwe. The Mother Africa Trust has facilitated the socio-economic development and empowerment of rural communities in Matopos and Hwange District. 

Ever since we began in 2006, Mother Africa has worked tirelessly to make a positive and lasting difference in Zimbabwe. Mother Africa Trust’s top mission is to establish effective and sustainable projects that will improve the living conditions and the economic status of disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe.

In recent years Mother Africa Trust has made significant positive steps towards offering children an equal opportunity to learn. Particular emphasis is given to orphans and vulnerable children as these make up a higher percentage of school dropouts if ever there were luck to see the doors of a classroom. Our Academic Scholarship programme offers full funding to deserving students from identified rural communities. The programme aims to support children who have not had the same educational benefits or opportunities in life as others.

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Victoria Falls Elephant Sanctuary

Wild Horizons has been built over decades of family values to provide amazing experiences for visitors throughout Zimbabwe. Elephants became part of the Wild Horizons family in 1992 when four elephants needed a better home. Since that day, Wild Horizons has had an unwavering belief that the elephants welfare takes precedence. Whether is is during a rescue, the rehabilitation or release, it is all about the elephants’ future. That strong conservationist ethic has provided expansive training for the elephants’ keepers as well as a safe haven for elephants ever since

Wild Horizons main goal is to ensure the elephants have the best care and quality of life in the most natural environment. The team works all year long to care for our elephants as well as contribute to local and worldwide efforts for better education and conservation

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Akashinga All-female Anti-poaching Unit

In 2017 the IAPF’s Akashinga program was born and the first all-female, armed anti-poaching unit in the world was recruited and trained in an abandoned trophy hunting reserve in Zimbabwe. In the first 2.5 years Akashinga helped drive an 80% downturn in elephant poaching in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley, one of the largest remaining populations left on earth. Akashinga’s bold goal is to employ 1,000 female rangers that protect a network of 20 nature preserves under IAPF management by 2025

Akashinga is a platform for women to change the world for the better. It is women carrying out one of the most demanding and respected jobs in the world while thriving at it and building their own lives, their families and their communities in the process

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Zambian Carnivore Programme

The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) is a Zambian-registered non-profit organization dedicated to conserving large carnivores and the ecosystems they reside in through a combination of conservation science, conservation actions, and a comprehensive education and capacity-building effort

ZCP now works across Zambia in most of the country’s key ecosystems for large carnivores and their prey following a three-pronged interdisciplinary approach to fulfill its goals, and the success of this work fundamentally rests on our diverse and effective collaborations with local, national and international partners, agencies, organizations and institutions that collectively provide the expertise, resources and energy to address the myriad conservation challenges facing Zambia and the region.

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Asilia Positive Impact

By making bold, and often pioneering, investments into areas that are ecologically and economically vulnerable, Asilia aims to turn the surroudning areas into viable conservation economies, benefitting both the local communities as well as the environment

Asilia acknowledges that people and nature are inseparable partners, so they work closely with communities, authorities, NGOs and industry partners to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes for all concerned. With the help of guests at the accommodations, who contribute a levy of US$5 for each night that they stay with at an Asilia property, significant positive impact is made towards the goal of empowering these areas, including the communities and wildlife that call them home

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Time + Tide Foundation: Home-based Education Programme

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the prevalence of disabilities in children aged 0 – 14 years is unknown, with published estimates ranging from 6% to over 20%. What’s more, 90-98% of children with special needs are assumed to be out of school. This leads to incredibly low literacy rates (only 3% of adults with special needs in Sub-Saharan Africa are literate) and severely limited professional opportunities

To overcome these challenges, children with special needs require the same opportunities to attend formal school and learn in inclusive environments. Through the Home-Based Education Programme, we provide individualised education plans for children and their families with the objective of seeing 95% of these children enrol in primary schools. These education-plans are delivered firstly in children’s homes, in conjunction with their parents, by community caregivers who have received extensive training on the biological, psychological and social challenges faced by children with special needs

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Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project

The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (VCS ID 1202) is Zambia’s first Verified Carbon Standard verified REDD+ project. Lower Zambezi National Park forms part of a globally significant trans-frontier conservation area home to important elephant, lion and other wildlife populations. The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project provides a vital buffer area to this important park, protecting over 60 kilometers of threatened boundary. This project partners with 7,182 people in Rufunsa District to conserve the forest through a set of livelihood and community development initiatives

The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project has achieved 7 successful VCS verifications and has also achieved `gold` level validation against all three categories of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard for its exceptional climate change impacts and community and biodiversity benefits

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Project Luangwa

Project Luangwa is a charitable organization formed by a handful of Safari Operators of South Luangwa as a part of the commitment to responsible tourism. Their aim is to create an effective, coordinated approach to helping local communities improve their long-term economic prospects whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife

Project Luangwa believes as a charity operating in Zambia that by developing and improving education in schools and creating training opportunities families have the chance of a lasting and sustainable income

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Conservation South Luangwa

Conservation South Luangwa was formed in 2003 by a handful of like-minded safari operators and concerned stakeholders whose vision was to help protect South Luangwa. CSL is dedicated to protecting South Luangwa, it’s wildlife and habitat through a combination of law enforcement support (anti-poaching), human-wildlife conflict mitigation, veterinary work and community outreach

Since CSL was created, there has always been a firm belief in keeping it a majority Zambian staffed organization, the most obvious reason being sustainability and ownership. What started as a team of 5 dedicated staff fifteen years ago, has now grown into a team of 85 wildlife conservationists

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Conservation Lower Zambezi

Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a non-profit organization committed to the protection of wildlife and to the sustainable use of natural resources in the Lower Zambezi in Zambia

Since its humble beginnings with basic support to the wildlife authority, CLZ has grown and increased its activities and efforts in the Lower Zambezi. Not only has CLZ’s support to DNPW increased substantially over the years, the organization now also runs an Environmental Education Programme (2004), a Community Scout Unit (2013), a Community Engagement Programme (2013), a Detection and Tracking Dog Unit (2015) and a Rapid Response Unit (2018). CLZ also hosts the annual Safari Guides Training courses and exams for the Lower Zambezi (2001)

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Charity Begins At Home

Charity Begins At Home supports education, wildlife, land conservation, infrastructure and health programs impacting South Luangwa, Zambia. It is the charitable arm of The Bushcamp Company, a National Geographic award-winning safari lodge also located in South Luangwa. Donations from U.S. residents are collected through Friends of Charity Begins At Home, a 501(c)(3) registered charity, and distributed to responsible local organizations in South Luangwa that support the people, wildlife and sustainability of the region

Through borehole drilling, health education, and better access to medical support, Charity Begins At Home is helping improve many of the health services that most people would take for granted

 

 

 

Bushcamp Company Online Magazine – 2020

 

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