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Philanthropy Plus


Responsible tourism through Philanthropy Plus

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The Explorations Company have launched a charitable foundation, called Philanthropy Plus, whereby our clients, by way of a donation, can then visit the regions we support and see the direct impact their contribution has made. For us, this really is the most rewarding of all travel experiences.

What are its aims?

This is for committed philanthropists that want to witness their investments at work in real-life situations. Donor travel is deeply moving, can upset idealism but ultimately brings people closer to the issues and communities that they care about. It also deepens sustainable investment and strengthens the connection between travellers and community organizations.

Why have The Explorations Company set it up?

Nicola Shepherd, founder of TEC started her company 30 years ago with the overwhelming desire to put back funds into initially Africa and then to other third world continents in which the company operates.

Although born in India, she was raised in Africa and these two continents have long held a great passion and interest for her and by being a conduit, she can direct meaningful assistance to the preservation of wildlife on these continents for future generations to enjoy.

How does it work?

The Explorations Company will have already exercised the due diligence required at a handful of properties and regions which we know well and have been supporting on a business level for the last 30 years. We have strong relationships with these places and have seen their philanthropic projects first hand. Based on our client’s interests – whether they be humanitarian or conservation led, or both (as they are inextricably linked), we then will make a recommendation of which projects we deem to be the best fit for our clients and their natural philanthropic ethos.

 We will arrange visits to these places for our clients, accompanying them should they so wish, in order for them to obtain a clear understanding of each project, their goals and requirements. This could be in a stand-alone visit or we find the best solution is often during a family holiday whereby the entire family becomes engaged and excited at the prospect of making a difference. This often will then become the bench mark for further visits. On occasion, our clients will want to start up their own charity or foundation, in which case, we will again execute due diligence, advise them of the regions which will best meet their needs and arrange this for them.

 For clients wanting a shorter term engagement, we can arrange for visits to various organisations in Asia and Africa, in whichever field they are interested in. We can also arrange for them to be part of conservation work, such as translocation of mega fauna species such as the black rhino or elephant to areas of safety or to repopulate areas where wildlife has become extinct, or be part of a collaring, of lion, elephant, tiger, cheetah or inserting a micro-chip into a rhino’s horn.

 The importance of this conservation work can be read here: collaring’s, rhino darting etc. We can also arrange for a day with the researchers and scientists, so one can learn more about the daily challenges they face, their success stories and obtain a truly deep understanding of these beautiful creatures whom we are desperately trying to save. This information is not available by a guide on a game drive, which is why these experiences are so much more rewarding, and of course, one is donating directly to the organisations for which they are working.

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