3 Ways to Give Back on Safari

February 29, 2020

Going on safari to one of Africa’s wilderness destinations awakens you to its natural beauty and wildlife; being able to contribute meaningfully to local communities and wildlife conservation efforts at the same time awakens you to the importance of giving back.

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Mechanics from Duuma Wajane Bike Shop near Tarangire National Park © Sanctuary Retreats

As travellers are becoming more aware of the tangible, positive impact they can make in the places they visit on holiday, planning a responsible safari that incorporates ways of supporting communities and conservation is being requested more and more. There are ways of giving back that are genuinely sustainable and empowering so that when you leave, your contribution continues to make a meaningful difference.

This list offers just three easy ways you can give back to the people and animals that live where you choose to go on safari :

Give back by volunteering

If time is money, then including a day (or more) into your holiday to volunteer is one of the most beneficial and easiest ways you can give back while on safari.

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Students at Enkereri Primary School near Maasai Mara National Park © Sanctuary Retreats

Community projects may simply need more hands to help or particular skills to get them off the ground, which is where you can come in and offer the support that is needed. Whether it is building classrooms, digging garden beds or assisting children with their schoolwork, you will come away not only having donated your time but most likely with a handful of new friendships and having learnt from the people you worked with.

Give back by funding

By virtue of going on safari in Africa, you will be paying park entrance fees and thus already contributing to various projects particularly related to environmental protection and wildlife conservation.

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Members of Rhinos Without Borders assisting with rhino relocations © Great Plains Conservation

With various species listed as highly endangered – and some nearing extinction – giving back through financial means helps conservationists, veterinarians and other wildlife experts protect those animals that need it most. Funds equips anti-poaching task teams with the latest technology to track down poachers and non-profit environmental organisations to restore and manage Africa’s critical wilderness areas.

Give back by supporting

Unemployment and poverty are high throughout much of Africa. Despite local community members being employed in safari camps and lodges, it is not always sufficient to support the larger extended family that may rely solely on this income.

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Women from Maasai communities create and sell traditional beadwork to guests at Sanctuary Olonana © Sanctuary Retreats

You can give back to and ease the financial burden of those families by tipping the camp and park staff generously. Another easy way of giving back and empowering communities, particularly those more marginalised groups within them, which is by supporting the citizen economy. Buying locally-made artwork, crafts and other items to take back home with you provides families with a sustainable income.

There are many more ways to give back while on safari. Contact us about creating a safari that is unforgettable both for you and for those that live in the place you visit.


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