The Importance Of Sustainable Tourism
An African Safari is a unique adventure that should be experienced by everyone at least once in their lives. In order for that to be possible for future generations it is very important that we practice sustainable tourism.
Sustainable tourism takes into consideration the economic, cultural and environmental impact that tourism activities have on the present and future generations. One of the key benefits of sustainable tourism is the focus on protecting the environment and natural resources. The earth has many ecosystems that are not renewable which means that we should avoid damaging them. Sustainable tourism also means that tourists are able to experience life like a local while creating amazing memories and experiences.
The Land and Life Foundation
The Land and Life Foundation is committed to protecting wildlife and ensuring that communities living in the vicinity of wildlife areas genuinely benefit from tourism. Some of their programs include:
Wildlife Warrior Program that aims to take its top conservation scholars to tertiary level of education.
Nature conservation program that aims to help protect elephants.
Medical support program that aims to address the core priorities of healthcare in Laikipia and Maasai Mara.
School support program that aims to support schools near key conservation areas in Kenya and Tanzania.
Kyaninga Forest Foundation
The Kyaninga Forest Foundation was set up to provide a focal point for the restoration and management of degraded and destroyed forest in the area around Kyaninga Lodge. The foundation aims for reforestation as trees are a great prominence in Ugandan society and the family home as firewood or charcoal. Meetings are held with local landowners to raise awareness about the fragility of the ecosystem.
Kyaninga Forest Foundation has also been active in other areas too, contributing to the construction of an arboretum on a neighbouring tea estate and participating in pioneering research on the extremely rare Elgon Olive, resulting in the
successful cultivation of over 2000 trees.
Wilderness Safaris is a responsible luxury ecotourism company that exists to protect pristine wilderness areas and the flora and fauna that they support. Their goal is to share these wild areas with guests from all over the world, while at the same time helping to ensure the future protection of Africa’s spectacular wildlife heritage and sharing the benefits of tourism with local communities.
Wilderness Safaris employs approximately 2 800 staff members across the seven countries, 85 per cent of whom are from neighboring communities.
Wilderness Safaris is a part of the Wilderness organization, a group of responsible ecotourism companies and conservation and community development vehicles that together endeavor to use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.
Gondwana Care Trust
The main core focus for the Gondwana Care Trust is sustainable impact. Beyond sustainable impact, the goal of the Gondwana Care Trust is to create independence and empower organizations to be self-sufficient. Various projects across Namibia are supported, beyond Gondwana's own projects (MealForTwo and the Back-to-School Christmas Bags)
All trustees serve free of charge. This is to ensure that as much funding can be dedicated to projects without being limited by operational and administrative costs. Furthermore, annual independently audited financials and bank statements are available for review.