For a far-flung African safari that balances sustainability with one-of-a-kind wildlife-viewing and genuine culture encounters, head off on our 58-day Ultimate African Overlander, the overland tour starting in Nairobi and ending in Cape Town.
There are plenty of opportunities to venture into the African wilds on foot, gorilla trekking providing vital funding for the conservation of endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Walking safaris in the country’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (optional) also help to minimise everyone’s impact on the environment.
And remember, even if you’re not volunteering, each visit to the continent’s parks and reserves listed on the itinerary will also indirectly benefit initiatives helping to combat poaching: the rangers in Namibia’s Etosha National Park reducing rhino poaching by 35% in 2016.
As with all of our tours, the trip is closely intertwined with the lives of the African people. You’ll have the chance to engage with remote communities on the optional Livingstonia hike in Malawi, and to help locals renovate and paint schools in Jinja Uganda: SoftPower improving quality of life through education. We also work with Ghanzi Trail Blazers in Botswana, the organisation giving visitors a genuine glimpse of the fast disappearing, ancient San Bushman culture.
At the end of the tour add on volunteering opportunities area available in Cape Town through our partners, GVI (Global Vision International), their programmes incorporating educational visits to Cape Town’s townships.
As we work closely with Greenpop, an urban reforestation project, you can even offset your carbon emissions through tree-planting. More recently we provided camping equipment and transport for the organisation’s ReForest Fest weekends – over 700 people planting 5,500 trees at the event – and we are currently promoting Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action.