In order for effective, sustainable conservation to take place, there needs to be an interest from the society of that country, conscious effort from government and local "buy in" from the local communities. Sadly the world is in a place where economic benefit is the overriding driving force of action and as such conservation is directly linked to economic benefit. Sustainable tourism is therefore absolutely essential for conservation to be effective. Not only for local communities to see value in conservation, but for countries as a whole to place value in protecting their natural heritage.
Our partner in Botswana has established a project to encourage polers in the local communities to buy replica fiberglass mokoro’s, which have a lifespan of approximately ten years, are more stable and are produced without any negative affect to the environment.
On tour we visit a wild dog sanctuary where dogs are rehabilitated and released back into the wild as many national parks which are havens for wildlife. Entrance fees go directly towards the maintenance and preservation of the areas for future generations
On all game drives, our trained and qualified guides ensure that our groups interact with wildlife in the appropriate way. Slow movements, no loud noises and respecting the animal’s “personal” boundaries. Our philosophy is that we are visitors in the amazing places that we visit, and we do not want our presence to impact the wildlife and environment in any negative way. We also enforce a policy of not feeding any wildlife (animals habituated to human feeding will turn aggressive in the future which often results in authorities being forced to kill that animal) and to appreciate the natural state of the areas that we visit and to leave the area in exactly the same condition that it was when we arrived.
Despite living in the same country, many children across southern Africa have never seen wildlife such as lions or elephants, as they cannot afford the time or money to visit national parks. Our representative in southern Africa operates a number of tours in the national parks of southern Africa for underprivileged school children, allowing them to see for themselves wildlife (perhaps for the first time), nature conservation at work, and also show them employment opportunities that are available in the conservation or tourism industry, and possibly encourage them to follow a career in tourism. On tour, local guides are employed as the people who live and work in the area have exceptional knowledge of the local wildlife, culture and areas of scenic beauty and give visitors the chance to meet local and interact with local people. By employing local guides and suppliers, we are helping to ensure that the environment, through tourism, is generating value for the community in terms of employment and trade and therefore appreciated and protected from development and exploitation.