Through our special partnerships with Tusk Trust and Wildlife Conservation Society, we get you highly privileged access to the very top people and places. We’ll get you behind the scenes of the cutting edge science and to areas otherwise out of bounds.
By travelling with us you raise money for these organisations, as 10% of all sales go to Tusk Trust.
If you decide to travel with us to Namibia, the story for cheetah and rhino conservation is compelling. Financed by a few thousand rand from the sale of artwork and driven by the passion of one person, Save the Rhino Trust had humble beginnings. Over thirty years ago Blythe Loutit had the desire to put an end to the drastic decline of black rhino in the Kunene, then Damaraland and Kaokoland. Using her own Land Rover, rhino monitoring patrols began in 1982 and Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) was born.
Spending a few days in the very special Desert Rhino Camp, you’ll be treated to all the inside information at Save the Rhino Trust. You will watch the training of the fantastic sniffer dogs. Operating over a million hectares of Namibia that has no national park status, few fences and no entry or exit control measures in place, conserving the rhino is hard.
Meeting the leaders in conservation, key scientists and trackers, you will gain an extraordinarily privileged insight into rhino conservation.
Namibia is also home to the world’s largest remaining population of free-living cheetah. The AfriCat Foundation is based at Okonjima, midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. We will be greeted and briefed by the remarkable Donna Hanssen, founder of the AfriCat Foundation, who will kindly take us behind the scenes in the Carnivore Clinic and up-close to some of the animals in her care which are being trained to get back to the wild as part of the Cheetah Rehabilitation project. AfriCat also have 60 cheetah that are either too tame or too old to go back to the wild. Orphaned cheetah learn how to hunt through trial and error and then, over time, hone the necessary skills to ultimately become independent. Funding has helped fence 20,000 hectares for these cheetah.
The challenges to predator conservation in Africa are large indeed, for as human populations continue to grow the land left over for wildlife shrinks almost daily. Namibia is not immune from this phenomenon and the conflict between humans and wildlife requires continuous managing. The country is being highly creative in attempting, wherever possible, to give wildlife a value, and to ensure that the rural Namibian who bears the cost of predators taking his livestock will, at the same time, reap some benefits through tourism and the like.
For an environmentally minded traveller, that wants to get very close to animals (safely), to get behind the scenes, meet the leaders in conservation and get incredibly privileged access to areas which are otherwise out of bounds, this is the trip of a lifetime.
Do please make contact with us and we can discuss exactly what you’d like to do.