... Give back.
Steeped in a commitment to continual progress, andBeyond
offers Travel with Purpose itineraries that bring all the elements of a classic African safari together with opportunities for guests to get in on the philanthropy. So, in Kenya, you could find yourself adopting an elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
or, in Tanzania, visiting with disabled artisans who create beautiful objects from recycled materials.
... Get muddy.
A key strategy for protecting Serengeti elephants is knowing where they are. GPS collars help conservationists track elephant movements and steer these potential crop raiders away from life-threatening conflict with farmers and back to sanctuary lands. On a Singita
collaring conservation safari, guests offer real assistance during the collaring process: cooling the tranquilized animals with water, monitoring their vital signs, and taking measurements. Making a difference has never been so thrilling.
... Open your eyes.
Bespoke tour operator Micato Safaris
channels its vision for long-term change in the Mukuru slum outside Nairobi. There, its nonprofit AmericaShare
provides education for children, business creation for women, and support for those affected by HIV/AIDS. At the end of Micato’s East Africa safaris, guests are invited to visit these projects, where their burgeoning understanding and sensitivity to the culture and customs make for a life-altering takeaway.
... Bolster a refuge.
an exquisite 16-room ecolodge and wilderness reserve below South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains, carefully stewards its jaw-dropping resources, including more than 130 ancient rock-art sites dating back 10,000 years and endangered populations of Cape mountain zebra, Cape clawless otter, and Clanwilliam yellowfish.
... Catch air for good reason.
Pedal a mountain bike along ancient elephant trails, over red rock escarpments, and among camel thorn trees in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa during the annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli
. Since 2005, proceeds from the four-day tour have gone to Wilderness Safaris
’ nonprofit partner, Children in the Wilderness
, which facilitates conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa.
... Support women.
From the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta to the mighty Zambezi River, Abercrombie & Kent
captures the grandeur of southern Africa during a ten-day Botswana safari, even as it works to sustain local ecosystems, aid area communities, and advance the health of local women. In March, an A&K-supported maternity ward opened in Nakatindi Village, near Victoria Falls, to provide maternal care in a community devastated by HIV/AIDS and greatly reduce the risk of pregnant mothers transmitting the virus to their babies.