Illegal hunting, poaching, wildlife trafficking, mining, grazing, and logging are all common practice for people who struggle to earn a living from the land. This is the challenge of conservation – how to find a balance between the natural world and the needs of its human inhabitants.
At Outposts Travel Africa, we want to promote responsible travel to Africa which not only plays a part in the conservation of the local environment but aims to improve and offer future opportunities for indigenous communities. We endeavour to offer our clients an opportunity in Africa that is deeply meaningful and positively impacts the local communities, the surrounding wildlife and the critical ecosystem they all call home - a safari with a purpose.
There are many conservation projects and initiatives across Africa and it can be hard to narrow down the options when planning your own safari with a purpose. We've handpicked a selection of our favourite conservation inititatives that we wholeheartedly support in Africa. See below for more information or Contact Us.
We would highly recommend a stay at Campi ya Kanzi, a wonderful safari lodge located in the beautiful Chyulu Hills of Kenya. It is widely recognized as one of the most inspiring and eco-friendly safari experiences in Africa and is the only safari lodge on a Maasai-owned reserve spanning 283,000 acres of pristine wilderness.
They have recently included some extra activities that can be added to your stay. These incude a Simba Scouts Safari, Lion Collaring and Aerial Wildlife Census. All the funds go directly to the programs of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust - a community based organization in Kenya working to protect and preserve the Maasai heritage, beautiful wildlife and critical surrounding ecosystem.
For every day you stay at Campi ya Kanzi, you pay a conservation fee that goes directly to MWCT, enabling it to deliver direct tourism benefits to the whole community, through the employment of 300 Kenyans, delivering health, education and conservation services.
Located in northern Kenya, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation. It does this through the protection and management of critically endangered wildlife including rhino, elephant and lion, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife.
The Lewa/Borana landscape is home to some of the most beautiful lodges in Kenya. One of our favourites is Lewa House, located at the very heart of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Set on top of a hill with extensive views over gentle rolling hills with Mount Kenya to the south and the rugged Mathews Range and the sacred mountain of Ol Olokwe to the north, Lewa House is a little bit of heaven and very family friendly. We love sending our clients here as you feel like you are staying in someone’s home (which essentially you are) but with fabulous game viewing, guided walks and lots more activities on offer. Lewa House supports the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and their wildlife conservation and local community development programs.
Borana Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife in northern Kenya. Their mission is to provide a sustainable ecosystem, in partnership with their neighbours and community, for critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. They have worked hard to create an exceptional and diverse experience, and tourism activities are essential.
Borana Lodge is one of East Africa's original fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodges. Located in the wonderfully remote Laikipia District in Kenya with panoramic views of Mount Kenya, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience. We have sent many clients to Borana and would highly recommend combining with a stay at Lewa House. As a guest you will make a direct contribution that will allow Borana to continue on a truly sustainable journey, committing profits to securing conservation integrity for future generations.
For the past few years, the Lewa-Borana Wildlife Conservancy has put together an exclusive conservation itinerary, inviting guests to actively participate in their invaluable wildlife conservation efforts. For one week, guests can be part of the ranger team helping to track, locate and count game species for the annual Big 5 wildlife census. Keep an eye on our Africa Blog for news of the latest set departure.
Great Plains Conservation is an award-winning conservation organisation based in east and southern Africa that uses eco tourism as a tool to sustain conservation programs. Great Plains have a fabulous collection of very light footprint safari lodges and camps located in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Outposts Travel Africa have organised many tailormade itineraries for clients that incorporate a combination of the Great Plains properties and safari experiences.
The Great Plains Foundation works collectively with Great Plains Conservation to secure tracts of Africa’s wild habitats which will protect and allow wildlife to thrive within them. Their collective goal is to protect the Great Plains of Africa.
From 11 January 2018, a conservation levy will be applicable to all new Botswana camp & safari experience reservations. These funds will be utlised by the Great Plains Foundation in the ongoing needs to expand and enhance natural habitats in Africa. To find out more about a safari with Great Plains, please Contact Us.
If you are looking to avoid a pre-packaged holiday in Namibia and seek a real adventure, look no further. We would highly recommend Conservancy Safaris Namibia who offer a fully guided, top class safari experience into Namibia’s remotest wild areas.
CSN is a community owned company of more than 3000 Himba and Herero people. In five conservancies in the magnificent north-west Kunene Region of Namibia, the rural people you will meet on your safari are the people who own the company. They are your hosts and all profits go to these people so you know you are making a real difference. The experience is authentic, intimate and exclusive.
CSN offer flexible tours with no set itineraries. As a guest, you will be helping to secure a future for wildlife and its custodians and will take home lifelong memories of awe-inspiring untamed landscapes, its wild animals and the remarkable and the resourceful people who live there. Outposts Travel Africa can arrange your holiday to Namibia with CSN. Please Contact Us for more information.
We love working with Robin Pope Safaris. They are a wonderful safari company with a high reputation for small, luxurious, intimate and remote camps in pristine wilderness areas in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
They have a fantastic 11 Day Itinerary in Malawi combining 3 of the country's impressive reserves and parks to explore the conservation stories of Malawi. African Parks has recently taken on Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota and aims to reduce conflict, protect habitat and create premiere wildlife sanctuaries. From July 2016 in what is to be the largest and most significant elephant translocation ever seen, up to 500 elephants are being moved from Majete and Liwonde across to Nkhotakota. This brings much hope to the African elephants whose existence has been heavily threatened by poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict.