THE ISSUE

Most of the locations where we operate are incredibly remote. Simply from a geographical perspective, this means that the opportunities for locals are limited. Villages in remote areas also experience higher rates of human-wildlife conflict such as a lion hunting livestock or an elephant trampling crops. When communities see wildlife as a threat, they are more likely to hunt wild animals and become more willing to assist poachers who may pass through the village. There is often need for improvements to living conditions such as access to clean water, adequate nutrition, and education systems.

THE SOLUTION

Remote camps and lodges are a vital lifeline for many local communities. Our favorite properties employ local and train and promote from within wherever possible. In Africa, an average of seven people are dependent on one salaried family member so every employed person has a significant ripple effect. The community becomes committed to the success of the camp which is tied to a healthy ecosystem, supporting a thriving wildlife population. Outlooks change and anti-poaching efforts are established. Many properties also work with local leaders to create solutions related to water, education, nutrition, or other community needs.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

One of the greatest ways you can have an impact is simply by traveling and being aware of where your money goes and what it supports. Check out this luxurious itinerary focused on supporting community empowerment efforts:

CORNERSTONE OF AFRICA: CULTURES & COMMUNITIES

Duration: 10 days
Destinations: Tanzania, Kenya
Price: From $14,500 per person sharing

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You can also donate to this cause directly with either a one-time or monthly donation.

Here are a few examples of costs associated with supporting community empowerment efforts:

  • $175 will keep a child in primary school for 1 year
  • $500 will pay for a corral to protect livestock from predators
  • $2,500 will provide a tertiary educational scholarship for a student studying in the areas of Conservation and/or Environment

WHO WE SUPPORT

Children in the Wilderness kid in costume

CHILDREN IN THE WILDERNESS

Supported by Wilderness Safaris, this nonprofit organization operates across seven countries to educate children who live in villages around Africa’s conservation areas. They are preparing the next generation of leaders to continue the mission of sustainable conservation.

ASILIA GIVING

Asilia Giving is reducing the human-wildlife conflict near Tanzania’s Tarangire and Ruaha National Parks by working with community members to build environmentally friendly corrals they call “Living Walls.” By planting a circle of trees which serve as the supports for chain-link fencing, they are creating impenetrable walls that have had a 99% success rate in keeping predators away from livestock.