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Wildlife conservation is at the heart of what we do. Through our charitable trust and its keynote campaign Explorers against Extinction we work to safeguard iconic species and their habitats - you can find out more on our Conservation pages.
Many of our clients ask about visiting projects we've supported through the campaign. Here we highlight just some of our optional conservation safari modules and experiences which aim to give you a behind-the-scenes insight to modern day Africa.
A note of caution: much of the work we do with Explorers against Extinction involves raising awareness about threats to iconic species, and this includes exploitation. Travel is a vital aspect of conservation but it must be responsible. We ask that you help us by avoiding 'red flag' activities - riding elephants, petting big cats on leads, purchasing trinkets made from coral or shell are all to be avoided. There are many excellent conservation and rehabilitation projects working to get animals back to the wild - please do ask us if in doubt.
Kenya is one of the best destinations in Africa for a conservation experience. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant nursery in Nairobi is very accessible for all ages. They offer the public mudhole visit at 11am, although we tend to prefer the more intimate 5pm Foster Parent visit and can arrange this for our clients. There is also an elephant sanctuary further north - Reteti. Also in this area, a visit to the Save the Elephants research centre in Samburu is absolutely fascinating while for those staying in Laikipia we would recommend going out with the anti-poaching dog squad or visiting the northern white rhino enclosure. You can track black rhino in Kenya at Sera, and learn about the rhino's conservation at a number of different conservancies including Lewa/Borana and Solio.
Many of the private conservancies we work with offer fascinating excursions to schools, mobile clinics and other community projects they support.
Further afield it is possible to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Trust in Hwange Zimbabwe or to join a 'pump run'. At Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba there are rhino monitoring projects with walking safaris possible for over 16s. Mana Pools offers further options - you can stay at wild dog expert Nick Murray's camp for instance. In Botswana our partner Rhino Conservation Botswana has rhino monitoring staff at various camps/lodges across the Delta and subject to availability they offer short talks on the rhinos return to the Okavango. There are many options depending what you are doing and your specific interests so please do ask us for advice.
In addition to Explorers against Extinction fund-raising and donating all the profit from our on-line 'Real World' store, Real Africa and Real Asia also donate £25 on behalf of every person travelling to the Real World Conservation Trust (registered UK charity No 1177505) so you travel in the knowledge that you are contributing to conservation.
Experience gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and spend an hour with a gorilla family. You'll also visit Lake Mburo and see a host of African wildlife.
Superb safari to Botswana combining three diverse areas: Makgadikgadi Pans, Savute and the Okavango and supporting the work of Rhino Conservation Botswana
Enjoy a private safari in the wonderful Ol Pejeta Private Conservancy with its rhino and chimp sanctuaries before heading on to the world famous Masai Mara
A fabulously luxurious safari starting in Zimbabwe's finest national parks; Matusadona and Hwange before you head off for a few days at the world famous Victoria Falls
A fabulous three centre safari staying at small exclusive properties and incorporating wildlife conservation experiences.
An exciting safari adventure perfect for families. This trips offer spectacular game viewing as well as the chance to meet elephants, giraffe and rhino up close.
Combine wonderful African Bush Camps in Botswana's Moremi and Linyanti areas with time on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.
A luxury safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe taking you to some of the best game viewing areas in Southern Africa
Safari in Malawi's three key wildlife reserves, Majete, Liwonde and Nkhotakota, each transformed by the management of African Parks.
A very special 5 night safari to Samburu's wonderful Elephant Watch Camp, location of BBC2 series This Wild Life with Saba Douglas-Hamilton
Perfect for those with young families this safari and beach holiday offers spectacular game viewing, the chance to meet elephants, rhino and giraffe up close and plenty of time to enjoy the beach at the end
A fly in safari in Ol Pejeta Private Game Reserve and the Masai Mara including visiting various conservation projects including two different rhino sanctuaries and an anti-poaching dog unit
A classic fly-in safari combining Samburu with the Masai Mara, staying in luxury Saruni safari lodges in important conservation areas
This superb southern Africa explorer visits premier destinations in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe including Hwange, Chobe, Moremi and Victoria Falls.
Trek to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda before going on safari to Kenya's Masai Mara
This comprehensive wildlife and primates safari takes you to a range of habitats where you will get the chance to encounter a host of wildlife and enjoy exquisite scenery.
A fabulous tour staying in handpicked luxury accommodation and visiting Cape Town, the Winelands, the Garden Route and a malaria free private game reserve
This superb Safari Collection holiday includes stays at Giraffe Manor, Solio and Sala's Camp in the Masai Mara.
You visit two different areas within the Mana Pools National Park before heading to Hwange National Park. You end the safari holiday with a couple of days in Victoria Falls
Get a real insight into elephant behaviour with a stay at Samburu's Elephant Watch Camp, followed by a safari in the Mara.
This is an exciting fly in safari to Saruni lodges in Kenya's Kalama & Sera Conservancies where you can track endangered black rhino on foot before visiting the Masai Mara.
This is a fantastic luxury fly-in safari in Kenya combining two Serian camps in the Masai Mara with a small stylish beach lodge overlooking the white sands of the coast.