Namibia wildlife vacation, rare desert mammals
£4395 excluding flights
Description of Namibia wildlife vacation, rare desert mammals
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetIn Namibia we (as with everywhere we go) we carefully choose accommodation, suppliers and transportation that either minimise their effect on the environment or that help to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability.
Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, hotels and campsites that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. We try and make sure that all the accommodation that we use is are ecologically responsible and use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps etc. We also make sure that all the food consumed is produced locally.
We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers and scientists are conducting as possible.
By bringing people here with a professional zoologist/naturalist as well as professional local guides we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories.
By staying in many community-run concessions we are helping to contribute towards their ongoing anti-poaching efforts. These concessions often have much higher success rates in eradicating poaching than conventional methods. We also visit Okonjima on this itinerary which is run by the Africat Foundation and is a key component in the cheetah and leopard conservation in Namibia and elsewhere in Africa. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of some of the animals that live here are little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.
PeopleAs with any of our tours throughout Africa or elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and drivers. They have a much better local knowledge and also helps to bring in revenue sources to the local community.
All of the lodges, hotels and campsites that we stay in make sure that all our resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced. We also try and make sure that all the local guides that we hire and who work for the lodges, camps and guesthouses that we visit are from the local area.
We particularly make use of the many community led and owned concessions in the rural areas of Damaraland and Kaokoland in Namibia. These concessions give back to the local people and allow them to take full ownership of their traditional lands and also reap the benefits of tourism. In many cases the wildlife numbers are coming back strong too. He is a local scientist and we contribute to his ongoing conservation.
We think that by employing local guides we have encouraging a future generation to follow this career. Many of the accommodations that we use are involved in community based projects and schools in particular.
Many of the projects that are funded by people staying here are geared towards helping children in townships get better education and enhance their career opportunities in the future. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.