Many children growing up in remote communities near game reserves never have the opportunity to go on safari. Yet the surrounding communities are often vital to the success of the conservation efforts in those areas. Apart from conservation efforts, general education can be more difficult to obtain in these regions either due to poverty or due to lack of school facilities. Lack of electricity can make it difficult for students to study as they lose the light in the evening hours, making it difficult to read.


It is more common than you would think for a school near a safari property you may visit to be funded by tourism dollars. Educational opportunities increase awareness, broaden horizons, bring cultures together, build confidence, encourage friendships, and build leaders. Strong foundations lead to better job opportunities, instilling students and future employees with pride and allowing them to further benefit their communities by offering new skills and talents.


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

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

  • $175 will keep a child in primary school for one year
  • $500 will cover a child’s annual secondary school fees including boarding
  • $2,000 can pay for a Koyaki Guide School Scholarship
  • $5,300 can cover a scholarship for a Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute Diploma


Children in the Wilderness kid in costume


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 Twende Porini Project


Asilia’s Twende Porini program teaches children from local communities about protecting wildlife and conserving the area they call home. “Twende Porini” means “let’s go to the bush” in Swahili, and the program lives up to its name. Every year, children are brought to the Asilia camps for a five day program, giving them a first-hand and educational experience in the bush.