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October 4 2015 – Craig Packer likes sticking his shaggy academic head into dangerous places. He’s had death threats, confronted megalomaniac politicians, been run out of countries and mugged. But the man who has spent 30 years trying to study and save lions came close to real fear last month. John Vidal Read more.


Wilderness, South Africa

Categories: Africa, Community, Cultural Heritage, Management, Operations, People and Places, Planet, Southern
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Wilderness – a company which has long been recognised for its pioneering conservation through tourism work – has further matured its successful sustainable tourism business model by becoming listed on the Africa Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Using the “4Cs”, they integrate and monitor Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce across all sectors of the company.





Gugu gathers turtle data










NamibRand Safaris (PTY LTD): Wolwedans Collections – Namibia

Categories: Africa, Energy, Land, Management, Operations, Planet, West
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NamibRand operates Wolwedans Collections – four low-impact, solar-powered safari camps in the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. The reserve, established two decades ago on degraded former livestock farms, today serves as a model of biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability.





dunecamp tent 05.1


Cheli & Peacock, Kenya

Categories: Africa, East, Fauna, Human Capital Development, Land, People and Places, Planet
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Since 1985, Cheli & Peacock Ltd has been developing environmentally-friendly safaris and eco-camps in Kenya, with a focus on lesser-visited areas of significant biodiversity that have faced poaching and lack of resources. With 70% of Kenya’s wildlife roaming outside of protected areas, they work with local communities to support wildlife conservation by providing economic benefits through bed-night levies, leasing agreements, and education initiatives.


Elsa's Kopje - Meru National Park - Rhino Sanctuary

Elsa's Kopje - Ura Gate Primary School Book Project

Joy's Camp - Bush Walk

Joy's Camp - Game Drive

Kitich Camp - Mathew's Mountain Range - Forest Walk

Kitich Camp - Mathews Range - Breakfast on the veranda

Tortilis Camp - Amboseli -Organic Vegetable Garden

Elephant Pepper Camp - Honeymoon Tent


The Bushcamp Company, Zambia

Categories: Africa, Community, Fauna, Human Capital Development, People and Places, Planet, Southern
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Established in 1999, The Bushcamp Company operates six tented camps and the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. By implementing a per guest per night conservation fee, it works closely with local community and conservation organisations to develop projects that help conserve wildlife resources, support education, and generate a sustainable source of income for the local people who live around the park.



Adventure travel and wildlife safari specialist &Beyond operates 32 lodges in six countries (five one the African continent, and in India). Over the past 21 years, its holistic business model based on “caring for the land, its wildlife, and its people” has played an integral role in making long-term contributions to conservation where they operate. Focusing their core efforts on sustainable tourism, including habitat restoration and management, wildlife conservation, and empowering local communities, each &Beyond initiative is carefully planned to suit the area where they operate.



Grootbos Nature Reserve

Categories: Africa, Community, Fauna, Management, Operations, People and Places, Planet, Southern
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South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Yet despite covering just 0.5 % of Africa, the region is home to nearly 20 % of the continent’s flora. The luxury lodge Grootbos manages 2,500 hectares in this region, with 785 indigenous plant species recorded on the reserve, of which 117 are species of conservation concern and seven endemic to Grootbos. Meanwhile it has designed its stewardship of the land to also bring uplift to impoverished communities that live nearby. 95% of its staff comes from these communities. Its Growing the Future project provides skills development in organic agriculture, sustainable animal husbandry and beekeeping. And its GreenBox planting system enables 200 households to produce their own food.

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The traditional skill of tracking is an indigenous art form which the Tracker Academy has revived. A need was recognised not just in South Africa, but across its borders too and so the Academy was born out of The Peace Parks Foundation , an organisation set up to enable cross border conservation. They recruit from rural communities, offer full bursaries and have a 97% employment rate for graduates. Each a source of pride for principal trainer Renias Mhlongo: “We had a dream to find people who are not educated, bring them into the bush and teach them about nature and tracking.” Not only has this dream come true, but the vision to become cross border custodians of wildlife has too.

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Great Plains Conservation

Categories: Africa, Attractions, Climate, East, Fauna, Flora, Management, Operations, Planet, Private Sector
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Great Plains Conservation is clear about its remit: The natural resources of Botswana and Kenya belong to their people. Consequently, it strives to secure landscapes large enough to protect both resident and wildlife populations. It selects areas under threat and acquires the rights to convert them to protected areas with economic benefits, and now operates on half a million acres.

Its environmental practices include transparent environmental audits, zero impact camps and fuel free activities, such as safaris by canoe or horseback. And with projects like its joint Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, or the recent significant role they played in banning all hunting in Botswana, Great Plains Conservation is, indeed, proving itself to be a great leader.

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Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

Categories: Academia, Africa, Cultural Heritage, Europe, Human Capital Development, Human Rights, Intercultural Dialogue, North, People and Places, West
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High level training is the main tool for embedding sustainable tourism in any destination. It is also the remit of this partnership between Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), initiated in 2008. They have a shared mission statement for “Success through Learning”, with Gambian students benefiting from a curriculum created by Central, and UK students undertaking sustainable tourism master classes in The Gambia every year.

Subjects include sustainability, poverty reduction, human rights and social justice which, considering the lack of training in Gambia until then, has had quite an impact. Consequently, ITTOG’s 411 graduates are seguing smoothly into employment, thanks to its growing reputation for excellent, sustainable tourism training.

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