The Botswana Wilderness Adventure project exists to increase awareness of the decline of native wildlife in Botswana, to highlight the importance of conservation for these animals and to create lasting job opportunities for the local population. The organisation works to protect the wildlife and natural habitats by monitoring the entire ecosystem on the reserve area, in order to aid conservation and research efforts.
Through local involvement, animal-rescue programmes and many contributions to field research, the project promotes sustainability and enhances biodiversity in Botswana. The aim is to raise awareness for local people and international charities on the sustenance of the country's natural ecosystems, which will ensure a brighter future for all and will ultimately reduce human - animal conflict.
The project's work with local government and officials allows visitors to experience and help support southern African enviornments in a way that other tourism does not.
There is a common misconception that volunteering abroad must be a good thing and will positively benefit not just the volunteer but the host community and those involved. Unfortunately this is not always the case. The increased demand for volunteer placements in developing countries has been met by an influx of new projects and volunteer-sending organisations created purely to meet this demand. The result may cause devastating effects to local culture and result in the exploitation of both the volunteer and the host community.
This project strives to adhere to the strict Responsible Travel policy, and has been developed so that it addresses actual local needs and has the community’s needs at its heart. Understanding and respecting the host community is paramount to the success of any project as long term commitment, support and adoption of sound environment, economic and social practices. This project employs as many local people possible, making it sustainable socially as well as environmentally.
Reviews of Botswana wildlife volunteering vacation
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2013 by Phil Jackson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Daily close interaction with lions and wild dogs. Close contact with knowledgable and passionate conservationists.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
The company I booked with (The Great Projects) were very helpful when spoken to directly. However,they did not give the name of the project (Modisa in Botswana). As such,much of the information they gave to me was inaccurate and caused problems at the start of the trip. Had there been an emergency or had I had a strong view on what I wanted from the trip, I could have been very disappointed. Speaking to project leaders in Botswana,not giving the project name may be deliberate to maintain exclusivity. Whilst I understand this from a business point of view, it means the project is being mis-sold. Spending weeks or months in the Kalahari Desert on a project that does not match the one advertised by The Great Projects could be a very bad experience, especially for younger travelers (I was told anecdotal stories of British volunteers crying for several days due to not being given the full project details.)
Overall it was a fantastic experience for me and I cannot fault The Great Projects staff individually, but they need to change the information they give and how they sell the project.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes,the work feels an important part of the project's efforts to improve conservation in Botswana.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?