Encompass Africa contributes to efforts in Africa designed to save critically endangered species, protect communities and much more. We tailor our African safari holiday experiences with conservation at the core to ensure you experience the best and have as little impact on the natural surroundings as humanly possible.
Your holiday with Encompass Africa directly contributes towards the land and wildlife conservation efforts in Africa.
So tread lightly, leave nothing but footprints in the beautiful African safari landscapes and smile knowing you’ve helped to make a difference and potentially save much under threat ecosystems and endangered species not to mention community heritage.
If you want to design your holiday around particular endangered species, landscapes and unique African safari experiences, get in touch today! We’ll have our safari briefing to find out your criteria and tailor the ultimate itinerary that fits like a glove. No mini buses, no mega phones… it’s all about immersive, personalised travel to get you close to the action where all the senses are stimulated and your sense of self heightened like never before!
Here are just some of the projects we work closely with and you can contribute to at any time even if you don’t go on a tailormade African safari holiday.
We have partnered with industry colleagues around the world to create a portal for people to visit, learn about the smaller projects in Africa that are genuinely making a difference to wildlife conservation efforts of varying kinds. Click on the title above to go to the website, or here.
Travel For Impact Click to visit the Website
This is an exciting, independent social enterprise aimed at linking the travel industry with local community projects in Northern Botswana. By travelling to Botswana with Encompass Africa, we donate $1 per person per night and this money directly benefits local communities and wildlife conservation efforts. Another way we can make a difference to lives of others in Africa.
Uthando (Love) South Africa Click to visit the Website
When in Cape Town, why not incorporate a visit to the great work of Uthando? This award winning, unique and innovative non profit and fair trade certified company was created to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in Cape Town and further afield now in South Africa.
Tours are authentic, non-invasive, respectful and above all, beneficial to the communities that you visit and to your sense of purpose and soul as another human being more fortunate than those living in the townships of South Africa.
Encompass Africa is committed to charitable work and we are delighted to continue our support of Uthando.
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Click to visit the Website
This orphanage is one of the product outcomes created by the hard work of David and Daphne Sheldrick who have dedicated their lives to the protection and preservation of Africa’s wilderness and its denizens, in particular the elephants and black rhino.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the parent company and at the heart of its work is the internationally acclaimed Orphan’s project, there to ensure the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they are continually threatened by mother nature and human beings.
This is one of our all time favourites and our guests love it too. I think our guests have adopted over 20 elephants in the last year or two and financially contributed to the safety and well being of these majestic creatures.
If you are visiting Kenya on an African safari holiday with Encompass Africa, we can incorporate time in Nairobi to visit the Orphanage project for yourself. There are public viewings at 11am for an hour where you and others witness the juvenile orphaned elephants being fed. If you foster an orphan in advance like many of our guests have done in the past, you are able to enjoy a more private viewing at 5pm and get the chance to see the elephants settling in for the night ahead.
Rhinos without borders Click to visit the Website
Rhinos without Borders has brought together some of Africa’s finest safari companies including Great Plains Conservation and And Beyond not to mention endless government ministries and travel specialists like ourselves. The effort has been to raise enough funds to translocate 100 rhino, black and white from high risk areas in South Africa to the comparatively safe natural environments of Botswana. Encompass Africa has been fortunate to work closely and witness phase one of the program when in February this year, the first group of rhino were successfully relocated.
You can get involved by financially contributing to the cause or, if you are interested, express interest in being one of a hand picked few that witnesses the next planned translocation. It’s a luxury safari holiday with the ultimate objective – saving one of Africa’s endangered species. A place cannot be guaranteed and dates and locations are not disclosed until the very last minute, so it is essential that you are committed to the cause and totally flexible with travel.
Walking For Lions Click to visit the Website
With so much time, money and the spotlight shining on the plight of rhino, Africa’s lions are forgotten. Did you know in the last two decades, the lion population has shrunk by 75%? There are predictions that our unborn grandchildren will not get to see lions in the wild. This non profit organisation was created to assist wild lions in areas where they need it most. It is about protection and survival of lion, learning of their plight and sharing it with the world. The slogan – is catchy, Don’t Talk, Just walk.
Endangered Wildlife Trust Click to visit the Website
This trust works with a broad spectrum of African wildlife with almost no overheads, it is truly phenomenal. They have six strategic imperatives that we wanted to share with you here. For more go to their website. But this will give you an idea of their work, focus and commitment.
1. Identify human-induced threats and the affected species in order to halt or reverse species decline.
2. Ensure that the viability of threatened habitats and ecosystems is maintained.
3. Develop innovative, economically viable alternatives to address harmful impacts to the benefit of people and biodiversity.
4. Increase awareness and mainstream environmental considerations into the daily lives of people and decision makers.
5. Explore and develop opportunities for mentorship and capacity building within the conservation sector.
6. Provide a leadership role in ensuring efficient and adequate implementation, compliance and enforcement of conservation legislation.
Breaking the Brand Click to visit the Website
Would you believe this organisation is completely run by volunteers. It is also Asian based and focuses its efforts on trying to dispel myths about the benefits of African wildlife body parts (specifically rhino horn, ivory, lion parts and pangolin products) in a bid to save lives of animals.
We have been watching their efforts and spreading their good work amongst our guests hoping to help raise valuable funds.
Pack for a Purpose Click to visit the Website
We are proud to promote Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows you, the traveller the opportunity to make a big impact on the lives of various communities located in the vicinity of your safari destinations. It’s about using available space in your luggage to provide supplies to communities. Just a kilo or two can make the world of difference – it’s small space, little effort and big impact.
So check out the many causes and spread the word of their great work. Even better, donate some money or the ultimate – go on safari and make a difference through your travels on an African safari.