We support the following charities in Africa. In addition, we think that since we do promote these various charities, our clients may be interested in either visiting them, if they are staying close-by, or in staying in one of our community lodges, whereby the proceeds all go back into the community, be they Maasai, Samburu or Turkana, therefore sustaining that community, and offering it integrity and pride, as well as a source of income.
This is particularly popular with our families, whose children are given an insight to the local children of the area, therefore making the holiday far more educational.
Excellent Development is a not-for-profit organisation that works with local partners to support communities to build sand dams, providing clean water for life and the opportunity to develop their livelihoods.
Since 2002, we have helped nearly 900,000 people to have year-round safe water close to home at an average cost of £13 per person.
The building of sand dams will enable millions of the world’s poorest people to transform their own
lives. Excellent Development has already built or enabled nearly 1,000 sand dams in 8 countries.
The Lion Recovery Fund Namibia
A revered predator that once roamed across much of Africa has fallen victim to complex threats that are dramatically increasing as human population growth and development rise across the continent.
Lion populations have declined by half in just a quarter century. Their loss signals the loss of the wild in Africa. But, lions can return.
Learn why lions are in trouble and what we can do to help them recover.
AGOHELMA Orphanage Ethiopia
AGOHELMA Orphanage in Ethiopia takes a holistic and direct approach to fulfilling the needs of vulnerable and orphaned children, not only giving them care as orphans but then supporting them through their formative years, in loco parentis, to equip them with skills, knowledge, awareness and assertiveness so to provide them with a foundation for life within modern society.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Kenya
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
Best known for their work to protect elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. But they do much more than this.
Mara Elephant Project Kenya
Elephants are in crisis. MEP aspires to expand its area of operation, deepen its partnerships and increase its level of community engagement. Please join us, and help support the Mara Elephant Project.
Mara Elephant Project’s mission is to protect elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. They accomplish this mission by utilizing anti-poaching patrols and rapid response ranger units, collaring, monitoring and collecting data on elephants, and using innovative techniques and technologies to mitigate human-elephant conflict.
The Ol Lentille Trust Kenya
The Ol Lentille Trust supports conservation, education, healthcare and enterprise development in an area of Laikipia North and Isiolo Districts, Kenya. The charity is based at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille on Kijabe Group Ranch, within a Maasai community. It funds community healthcare programmes and supports local schools, through community-based conservation programmes and a leading edge model of eco-tourism and enterprise.
Green Safaris Conservation Foundation Zambia & Malawi
As those interested in tourism already know, one of the corner stones of tourism is Conservation. With this in mind, Green Safaris' philosophy has been to develop lodges particularly in areas that really need tourism to assist in their preservation as well as developing and operating their lodges in the most sustainable way.
For that purpose, they have setup the Green Safaris Conservation Foundation, which is dedicated entirely too supporting conservation projects and community development in the areas where they are active. The foundation supports several projects in Zambia and Malawi.
Uthando South Africa
Uthando (meaning love in Xhosa) is a unique non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited organisation which aims to raise funds for life changing community development projects in South Africa.
Despite its breath-taking natural beauty and diverse cultures, South Africa has many acute social challenges – millions of its citizens live in extreme poverty and face daily struggles to survive, let alone flourish. Motivated by love, compassion and respect for our common humanity, Uthando seeks to form part of the solution to meet these challenges.
Loldia School Fund Kenya
The Loldia School Fund was set up as a registered charity in order to support and improve educational facilities and sponsorship for both pupils and teachers.
From the young to the much older, Loldia has a nursery, primary and secondary school and the fund also runs educational programs and remedial classes for adults who have either never received any education or had to take a break in their youth.
Loldia Primary School is situated on the edge of Kenya’s historic Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Naivasha. The pupils’ families mainly live in the village of Kasarani, adjacent to the school and serving expanding horticultural farms. Living conditions in the village are very poor, housing is overcrowded and community facilities are scarce.
Bumi Hills Foundation Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is losing its wildlife at an alarming rate, and we need your help.
In 2009, the Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU) was formed to combat the issues of diminishing wildlife and environmental degradation due to heavy poaching, Illegal fishing and unmitigated human strain on the land and water. In March 2016 the Bumi Hills Foundation Trust was founded, incorporating BHAPU, to help achieve long term sustainable conservation in our region in Northern Zimbabwe.
The African Bush Camps Foundation
The African Bush Camps Foundation is a registered not-for-profit organisation that began operating in 2006 with the vision of creating opportunities that empower rural communities located in vulnerable wildlife areas.
The Foundation’s mission is to partner with these communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation through programs focusing on education, conservation, community infrastructure and community empowerment.
The Big Life Foundation
Big Life was co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill.
Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers—with more than 40 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 vehicles, tracker dogs, and aerial surveillance—protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.
Project Luangwa, Zambia
Ensuring the people of the Luangwa Valley gain the full benefit of tourism by investing in education. Project Luangwa is a charitable organisation formed by the Safari Operators of South Luangwa as a part of their commitment to responsible tourism.
Their aim is to create an effective, coordinated approach to helping local communities improve their long term economic prospects whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife.
Matusadona Anti-Poaching Project (MAPP)
The Matusadona Anti-Poaching Project (MAPP) is a joint initiative with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA), conservation organisations and tour operators, aimed at protecting fish and wildlife resources in and around the Matusadona National Park.
The Project's objective is to provide logistical support to ZPWMA in their efforts to contain illegal poaching activities.
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