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Active conservation safaris - an engaging way to go on safari

Active conservation safaris - an engaging way to go on safari

Safari – originally a Swahili word simply meaning ‘journey’, it’s taken on a whole new range of meanings in the last 50 years.  But have you ever considered an active conservation safari?

Several private game reserves across South Africa have recently begun offering some very innovative ways to take the concept of ‘safari’ to another level.

Take for example Gondwana, a small private reserve on the Garden Route in the Western Cape. It now offers an Eco Camp of either three or five day.  Over the course, where you’re staying in an entirely separate camp, deep in the bush, you learn the skills of conservation: this could be anything from driving a 4x4, tagging an elephant, tracking a wild dog or removing alien water-sapping vegetation.  You’ll also learn how to forage from the bushveld and the making and setting a potjie or braai.

The conservation activities are not merely for the sake of it: data collected is actively used in the management of Gondwana.  The camp is super comfortable (although not it must be said luxurious) with permanent tents on wooden platforms in a secret valley deep in the reserve.  There are private bathrooms and the camp is fully catered.  The same staff that teach the conservation skills and collate the data which you as a guest collect also host you at the camp: so it’s intimate and personal with many travellers forming lifelong bonds with the rangers they work with.

Prices start at R9 250 per person sharing for three night package, all inclusive (£495 - €559 - $645)


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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.


Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.

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