New Year. New horizons. Here's to responsible travel in 2018.
As we go into 2018 we welcome significant change - China's ban on all trade in ivory, announced last year, came into effect on New Year's Eve. The historic ban raises considerable hope for a slow down in the tide of elephant poaching. Fantastic news.
Through our partnerships with Save the Elephants and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust we too contribute to change. On behalf of all clients travelling with Real Africa we make a donation to the Trust Fund and continue to raise money via special events, campaigns and via the sale of merchandise sold in aid of our partners. Funds donated to DSWT in 2017 by The Real Africa Trusts' Explorers against Extinction campaign is enough to fund several elephant rescues for example.
Both Save the Elephants and DSWT have each received around $20,000 from the Trust. The money is used where it is most needed - community outreach, rangers, supplies, anti poaching squads, equipment.
There is good news too for black and white rhino in Africa who continue to breed and thrive in several key areas - Laikipia in Kenya, The Save Valley in Zimbabwe and the Moremi in Botswana. The Real Africa Trust is proud to have funded anti-poaching dogs for each of these three key areas. In 2016 Vaala was trained and deployed by our partner Animals saving Animals to Save Valley, while Ol Pejeta in Laikipia will receive a new tracking Spaniel and the Moremi Game Reserve will reveive two rhino protection dogs in 2018 - each one trained and equipped ready for action, funded with your generous support by our Explorers against Extinction campaign.
The rhinos return to the Okavango Delta in Botswana has been well documented in particular, and guests can once again search out all the BIg Five on a safari to this wonderful country. Sara's been talking to Paul Johnson from A Luxury Travel Blog about why Botswana should be on your bucket list in 2018.
You can read the article here.
To explore sample holidays and learn more about Botswana please visit our dedicated section on Botswana.
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