Sunway Safaris specialises in small group safaris throughout Southern Africa.
Since 1994 Sunway has offered a value for money, quality service through small groups (max 12) and knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides. Custom-built safari trucks provide comfort, safety and enhanced game viewing. Scheduled tours operate as either limited participation camping or comfortable lodge adventures. Sunway an African company with offices in South Africa and Botswana. Itineraries range from 10-21 days, covering South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia & Mozambique.
Member of SATSA #520, since 1996.
Member since: 26 Jan 2010
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
- Sunway operates a number of tours into the National Parks of South Africa for underprivileged children from the SOS children’s village based in Johannesburg, South Africa. SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental and social development organisation. Its activities focus on neglected and abandoned children and orphans, as well as disadvantaged families.
- Sunway secures sponsorship from The Adventure Company based in the U.K, donations from clients, and income generated from our own tours to take the children to National Parks. This opportunity allows them to see for themselves wildlife, nature conservation at work, and also show them the many unique employment opportunities that are available in the conservation or tourism industry.
- Employment of local guides wherever possible – this provides direct revenues into the communities in the areas we visit, thus ensuring that local people gain benefits from Sunway visits to their areas. The employment of local guide adds value to our clients visit because they can gain specific local knowledge and expertise from the people who actually live permanently in the area they are visiting. These people live in these areas and have exceptional local knowledge about the wildlife & culture in those areas.
- By supporting and employing these people we are helping to ensure that their wildlife areas, scenic beauty and historical significance, and cultural integrity generate value for the community and are therefore appreciated and protected from development and exploitation. As a Sunway client these interactions give our clients the chance to meet local people and see how tourism is benefiting Africa.
- Sunway tries to book accommodation that is locally owned and involved in local responsible tourism initiatives. As at November 2007 we’re in the process of auditing all establishments we book to determine levels of commitment to community upliftment projects in their area.
- Campsites used are either locally owned, or a percentage of their income goes towards, schooling, or nature conservation & community projects.
- All entrance fees go directly to the maintenance of National Parks of places of interest.
- Entrance fees help with nature conservation practices and anti-poaching activities.
- These local initiatives help to maintain local cultures and also sustain the ideals of wildlife conservation. Tourism, goodwill and conservation all work together and Sunway aims to maintain the delicate balance at all times.
- We support the local community outside Mkuzi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal by employing local guides for a village visit. This provides a truly authentic experience but also fosters a better relationship between the park, it’s visitors and the surrounding community (gain direct value from our visits as well as a portion of our camping fees).
- Zulu traditional village in St Lucia, a World Heritage site.
- Xhosa village on South Africa’s Wild Coast. As above this provides a truly authentic Xhosa cultural experience but also fosters a better relationship between local communities, tourists and tourism establishments.
- Himba village in Namibia, where these traditionally nomadic people are trying to keep a hold on some of their customs and cultures by deriving financial income from tourism.
- Cape Maclear in Malawi, where we use local boatmen to provide our snorkelling excursions.
In 1994, uni friends Shaun and Bruce took a minibus and camped around their native S. Africa, exploring the lesser-known areas of the national parks. This ethos developed into their travel company - now more comfortable and organised, but every bit as exciting.