I’m interested in conservation and giving back, what are my options?

By Catherine Soares de Melo  |  Last updated at 12 July 2019, 07:37
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A question we’re often asked by our travelers, is how they can give back in terms of engaging in community projects, or even volunteering at various rehabilitation centers. It’s pretty wonderful when travelling to Africa, to feel as if you are leaving having made a small difference towards a greater cause, in addition to having witnessed an abundance of beauty and wildlife. For those that are interested, here are a few ways to get involved….

How can I combine my safari with a conservation focused experience?

Head to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

If you’re making your way to the Bwindi Impenetrable National park for a gorilla trekking experience in Uganda, its likely you’ll be staying on the outskirts of the Buhoma village, serving as perfect access to the park headquarters, where your trekking begins. Here there is heartwarming residence where it is possible to learn the art of local cooking, gardening and sewing from the ladies who make an assortment of beautiful gowns and other linens using local Kanga fabrics. The center is also a safe house for abused women, and a place where volunteers can either participate in an experience and donate as they would like, or spend a night or two in a handful of authentic rooms- all proceeds going back to the women who use the safe house as a temporary home.

Spend time in the Ol Pejeta conservancy

For a chance to visit the two last remaining northern white rhinos on the planet, head to the Laikipia district in Kenya, particularly the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Learn all about these two magnificent animals, their history and how they came to live in Ol Pejeta. There is also the nearby Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a refuge for orphaned and abused chimps that visitors can visit and learn about.

Head to the Samburu Reserve

On the shaded leafy banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in the Samburu, you will find a very special tented camp called Elephant Watch Camp. Learn about how Saba Douglas Hamilton and her family work closely with an amazing charity, Save the Elephants, where guests can learn intricate plans and daily tasks that focus on the long-term survival of Africa’s elephant population.

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Catherine Soares de Melo

Catherine Soares de Melo

Born in Cape Town, Catherine, our Senior Safari Specialist, has spent a lifetime exploring Africa.
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