Conservation Safaris in Africa

Travel with purpose and be part of the solution

Be a part of the solution

Looking for conservation safaris in Africa? Be it wildlife protection or community development, there’s a mind-boggling amount of impactful initiatives across the African continent worth supporting. The question is, where to begin?

If you’d like to help make a positive difference during your next safari, we work with a range of successful lodges, parks, and projects executing on what they promise to bring about real change. While most welcome donations, others offer a behind-the-scenes opportunity to observe research teams at work.

If you’re ready to travel with purpose, read on for our top conservation projects you can help us support during your next trip to Africa.

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari Reserve stands as the largest privately-protected reserve in the country. Located beneath the Korannaberg mountains, this semi-arid region is brimming with rare and unique flora and fauna (aardvark and pangolin!).

Stay as a guest at Tswalu Motse Lodge, and you’ll have a hands-on opportunity to learn about ongoing research projects that inform every decision taken to preserve the park’s fascinating ecosystem. The on-site guides know this reserve like the back of their hand and will give you a true insider’s perspective on Tswalu’s low-impact approach to ecotourism.

Safari surprise: There are no other lodges on the property, so it literally feels as if you have the entire southern Kalahari to yourself.

Conservation highlight: Tswalu offers one of the most holistic conservation safaris in Africa. We highly recommend spending time in the field with some of the scientists from the Dedeben Research Centre.

Marataba National Park, South Africa

A safari stay at Marataba National Park hits the sweet spot between conservation, adventure, and relaxation. Based in South Africa’s Limpopo Province in a privately-owned section of the Marakele National Park, it stands as one of the country’s most innovative conservation models.

Ongoing initiatives include habitat restoration and maintenance, research, and data collection. All species of particular concern (such as black and white rhino) are also actively monitored and managed. 

Safari surprise: Well-informed discussions with expert guides, daily game drives, and boat trips are all part of the Marataba experience. Yes, please!

Conservation highlight: Take part in veld condition surveys and a dedicated rhino monitoring experience, including DNA collection and notching. 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

From a working cattle ranch to an inspirational conservation success story, Kenya’s famed Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a must if you’re on the hunt for reputable conservation safaris in Africa.

Not only is it home to the last surviving Northern white rhinos, but it’s also the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa. 

Ol Pejeta boasts a cutting-edge wildlife security system with a specialized K-9 unit, motion sensor cameras along its solar-powered electric fence, and a dedicated Rhino Protection Unit. A fine example of Kenyan conservation in action if you ask us…

Safari surprise: Witness all Big Five members, along with a chance sighting of African wild dogs with the crisp snowy peaks of Mt. Kenya as your backdrop.

Conservation highlight: Learn about the anti-poaching efforts of the Ol Pejeta’s K9 unit and witness chimpanzees rescued from the black market at The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

The Serengeti Lion Project, Tanzania

The Serengeti Lion Project should ring a bell for veteran safari-goers. Initiated by George Schaller in 1966, the initiative has become one of the longest studies ever conducted on a land mammal. 

Over the years, various initiatives have expanded from the data collected, including the Kope Lion Project, which monitors recent prides currently roaming across the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Initiated in 2011, it comprises local experts, international scientists, and former lion hunters who actively protect the remaining lions and endeavor to reduce human-wildlife conflicts.

Safari highlight: Witness the annual Great Migration where millions of wildebeest and zebra thunder across the savanna, with skulking predators hot on their trail.

Conservation highlight: Take part in a field talk by the current field biologists at the Lion House in Seronera (Central Serengeti).

The Mara Predator Conservation Programme, Kenya

Right now, Kenya’s lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and African wild dogs face more threats than ever before, from a loss of habitat to an ecosystem under pressure and life-threatening conflict with humans.

Mara Predator Conservation Programme is the flagship initiative by Kenya Wildlife Trust with the aim of preserving these precious predators. Partner Camps for this initiative include Naboisho Camp, Encounter Mara, Topi, Mara & Acacia Houses, and Rekero Camp.

Safari highlight: Explore the Mara on foot, embark on specialized night drives and keep your eyes peeled for bird sightings – there’s a grand total of 266 species here.

Conservation highlight: The Masai Mara tops the list when it comes to conservation safaris in Africa. Ask our team about the various ways to show your support.

Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia

The Cheetah Conservation Fund’s holistic conservation strategy is the key to success in saving the cheetah and its ecosystem in Namibia. It works to develop best practices, directly addressing the concerns for wildlife populations and the human communities that share the landscape.

The program’s ground-breaking Livestock Guarding Dog (LGD) program has proven to reduce livestock losses to predators, with local farmers less inclined to trap or shoot cheetahs. 

Safari highlight: A stay at Cheetah View Lodge for a front-row seat to this world-class conservation facility. Not to mention, picturesque views over the Waterberg Plateau.

Conservation highlight: See first-hand how local farmers and cheetah can co-exist at their model farm based at the official research center based in Otjiwarongo, Namibia.

Hoanib Valley Camp, Namibia

Longing to return to Namibia? Let us book you a stay at the elegant Hoanib Valley Camp, which oversees a joint partnership between the local communities and the resident Giraffe Conservation Project (GCP). 

During a stay here, you’ll not only learn about the protection of this stately animal but have the chance to track rhinos and game drive alongside herds of desert-adapted elephants. What also tops the agenda is visiting the Himba and Herero people who call this harsh environment home.

Safari highlight: Don’t forget the camera. The remote and rugged Kaokoland is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and a vast expanse of desert scattered with unique wildlife.

Conservation highlight: Tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course, desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private suite to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings.

The bottom line…

It’s no secret that Covid-19 has accelerated the transition toward responsible travel. When it comes to sustainable safaris travel in the future, it cannot be about returning to the old ways. It has to be about making healthier choices to preserve Africa’s wildlife and making places better for local people to live.

If you’re ready to be part of the solution on your next trip to the continent, our team is looking forward to planning even more conservation safaris in Africa this year. Drop us a direct email: safaris@africatvl.com or give us a call: 303 473 0950

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Karen Cockburn - Namibia
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