Madikwe Game reserve
North west of Johannesburg, this reserve is a real partnership between local communities, the parks board and private investors, such as Jaci's Camp, which we highly recommend. The result is higher employment in this poor area, a revitalised environment, and increased wildlife. We work in cooperation with local communities as far as possible. We offer fairly-traded revenue and use locally owned and run services such as hotels. Because of this you should find that your hosts are welcoming and open in their invitations to show you their region and cultures. We try to ensure that the local people are happy to receive tourists in their home region, and are informed of the possible impact. We will avoid traveling to any areas where we know tourism is not welcome.
To organise our trips we use local conservationists or operators who have a strong environmental background. We vet the operating policy of everyone we work with. This company were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip - excluding flights - remains in the destination.
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.