Our goal is to work only with operators who are committed to protecting pristine wilderness areas and to share the benefits of tourism with adjacent communities. Through sharing these wild areas with guests from all over the world, we will help ensure the future of Africa’s wildlife heritage.
Charles began his career learning from the most successful conservationists in the world with the Rhodesia National Parks and Wildlife Management Department. He spent 13 years of his life as a game warden living in the bush amongst the wildlife that he loved and worked to protect. For the past 41 years he has focused on utilizing revenues from the safari industry to protect Africa’s wildlife and it’s supporting habitats. He was a pioneer in promoting the engagement of local village people. Charles strongly believes that their involvement is the bedrock on which conservation should be based and that empowering local communities through education and financial incentives creates true, sustainable conservation.
We recognize our responsibility to support only those operators that protect the natural environment that shelters Africa’s wildlife and preserves the way of life of the people who call those areas home. Our intention is to maximize the benefits that tourism brings to each area. The lodges and camps we work with in Africa all understand that, in the long term, their continued existence depends on interacting with their environment in a responsible way. They all work to protect their local areas, taking care of flora, fauna and landscapes, but also work with local communities, schools, healthcare facilities and community projects. Providing such concrete help to local residents is essential to maintaining the community support vital to protecting Africa’s natural heritage.
These camps and lodges go about their community projects quietly. If you’d like to know more, just ask your lodge manager or owner during the course of your visit: they will always be delighted to talk through what they do and often show you around the schools and clinics they have personally established. We would call it charitable work: they often see it simply as their responsibility to use the revenue from tourism to give something back to their local communities.