Benin wildlife holiday
Description of Benin wildlife holiday
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PlanetWe know the wildlife of Benin, and particularly the wildlife of Pendjari National Park, very well. We are committed to the protection of all ecosystems we visit, and the wildlife they support. Pendjari is the last remaining stronghold in the region for many species, including lion, leopard, cheetah, bush elephant, savanna buffalo, spotted hyena, serval and much more. As such, Pendjari is a hugely important ecosystem and we are determined that our visit contributes to its conservation. Outside of Pendjari, the sacred forests we visit are home to a number of vulnerable species, including white-thighed colobus, red river hog and sitatunga, making this fragmented habitat very important indeed.
Our partners in Benin include an international NGO that manages Pendjari National Park. Their environmental values are extremely closely aligned to ours, and they have done incredible work to restore and protect Pendjari. This includes, but is not limited to, extensive wildlife research and management, and the creation of camps that have limited to no environmental impact.
PeopleIt is vital to our mission that local communities see a genuine benefit from our visit, to ensure that our visit encourages value to be attached to wildlife and vulnerable ecosystems. We insist that all of our local partners in Benin employ local people, and this will be reflected in the fact that all guides, housekeeping staff, chefs and drivers will be from local communities. Our visits to Kikele and Gnanhouizounme are specifically designed to support the community-run conservation projects that have so far prevented these areas being destroyed by poaching and deforestation. Our visit brings much-needed income to the communities around Kikele and Gnanhouizounme and helps to guarantee the future for the community-run conservation projects in each area.
It is very important to us that our clients contribute to the local economy and have opportunities to experience the unique culture of Benin during their stay. There will be opportunities to visit markets in Parakou and Djougou, as well as the chance to buy from smaller local arts and crafts stalls in villages such as Taneka Beri. Our visit to Taneka Beri is also a great chance to meet local people and to gain a deep understanding of the local culture. The chance to explore Abomey is also a great opportunity for exposure to the rich history and culture of Benin.