Why Choose A Sustainable Safari?Posted By : admin | October 22, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
Choosing a sustainable safari is a choice that can really help revolutionize the life of many and support an entire ecosystem. The properties we chose for safaris are not only some of the most visually stunning in Kenya and Tanzania but have approached the whole environment they are in holistically and therefore create an environment of conservation for the communities and wildlife.
An important characteristic is that small, low impact eco lodges support large areas. At Campi Ya Kanzi you will pass through a range of ecosystems in one day from the low lying savanna up to the magical cloud forests that top the cloud forests. Named as the ‘Best Eco Lodge in Africa’ in July 2013 by the Financial Times, it is because of their unwavering commitment to this environment. The amazing Maasai guides will talk you through every aspect, animal and plant on your safari all with a twinkle in their eye and a sense of fun. The Maasai have the most incredible sense of humour. Campi Ya Kanzi and Edward Norton, Actor and Advocate founded the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) – www.maasaiwilderness.org . Through their work there are 7000 children enrolled in school, medical facilities, conservation and Ranger Programs and a research center. The $100 a day you donate from your safari and stay goes to help all of this as well as employment within the local community and maintaining sustainable tourism to this incredible area.
Our featured lodges – Klein’s, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and Ngorogoro Crater Lodge are also just as dedicated in Tanzania. These are dream locations all under the And Beyond Africa company. Klein’s runs the biggest ranger training camp outside of South Africa within the camp. Totally dedicated to giving you fascinating guided safaris and leading the fight against poaching of elephants and rhino and other species in the area, these are the most admirable people being supported by your choice to travel to their properties. And Beyond Africa also set up The Africa Foundation (www.africafoundation.org) that actively supports education and healthcare as well as community projects, training and providing jobs. They also have an elephant tracking programme as well as other large game such as lions. They educate local communities on their environment, take school children on safaris to teach them and provide clean drinking water throughout the villages. This is in place through all the areas their camps lie in spread throughout the whole of Southern Africa.
A last important aspect is that the land surrounding all our featured properties lie on allow the local tribes to continue to dwell and farm and continue their way of life. There has been a lot of land conflict in these areas leading to the marginalization of the local tribes. Choosing one of these sustainable properties means that a way of life that has existed for millennia is preserved. It is a wonderful experience to take a trip to the villages, clinics and schools and meet the exquisite people of these areas. Also to stock up on some fabulous beadwork and have a dance, although trying to keep up with Maasai jumping is practically impossible.
Choosing a sustainable safari will not only be an unforgettable experience. It will ensure that the environment and people benefit directly for generations to come.