Every journey to Africa with Guided Safaris is deeply-rooted with conservation at heart.
The safaris we offer create phenomenal wilderness experiences that support a great diversity of environmental hotspots in the African continent. The journeys offered in our portfolio are beautiful, planet-friendly experiences, designed for the exclusive enjoyment of only a handful of guests. By embarking on one of our journeys, YOU participate in and support the continued success and economic viability in the preservation of these fragile wilderness regions for generations to come.
Our Signature luxury safari camps are small and intimate, often with an average of just 7-12 rooms each, in large, expansive wilderness areas, allowing conscious and continued sustainable operating of a small part of the carbon cycle. Majority of our portfolio is located within authentic Private Game Reserves and privately-leased or community-operated concessions to maintain an organic and crowd-free ‘True Africa’ experience. When we speak of luxury on safari, we emphasize on bold exclusivity: We offer Private Safaris and do not operate in groups of ANY size – both to allow travelers to develop their own intrepid sense of place, as well as to maintain an environmentally-sensitive approach to our low-impact in these fragile and beautiful regions. Over-crowding from mass tourism is hereby kept at bay from our exclusive locations to ascertain wildlife’s migratory and hunt for food processes carry on unobtrused in these pristine regions.
Not only does the revenue from eco-tourism support these conservation initiatives, but just by coming to see these places, putting value on the experience and sharing this beauty with others, it inherently makes a world of difference.
NO TROPHY HUNTS
Guided Safaris® focus within the luxury ecotourism industry is upon Photography Safaris. We believe hunting activity adversely affects game viewing in the regions where it is practised thereby resulting in much harder to find game and often leads to skittish behavior in local wildlife that prohibits the natural spectacle of peaceful observation of an animal in its habitat. Guided Safaris DOES NOT operate any Hunting Safari programs, nor work with or support any outfitters who do. We also firmly discourage any visits to animal orphanages in South Africa that offer Lion and cub interactions as most of these outfits are known to be associated with canned hunting practices.
THE BIG CATS INITIATIVE
A purpling dusk spreads over the Chyulu Hills slowly revealing a million-star-sequined canopy. At the emerald foothills of Kilimanjaro, the dull roar of black-maned lions carries on the wind as the Maasai set up lanterns around the raised wooden platforms of Ol Donyo Lodge.
It is here on Mbirikani ranch, an integral outskirt of the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem, that a model for balanced human-wildlife co-existence brings its message to light: A World Heritage for all Mankind.
275,000 acres set aside for the protection of Kenya’s big game; Lions, Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopards — and more. Balancing conservation and community with commerce for a low-impact tourism audience, the Great Plains Foundation aims to save these vast tracts of lands with support from its real custodians; The Maasai community, joint-owners of this vast and ravishing wilderness. The lands that these tribespeople behold have been reshaped, long threatened by poaching and population growth. The support from tourism is imperative to helping sustain Africa’s wildlife heritage and provide a shielded haven for the endangered animals that inhabit here.
“All of our work — filming, photography, research, tourism and the Big Cats Initiative — fits into a single lifelong goal, to make a difference for conservation,” say National Geographic documentary makers and founders of the Great Plains Foundation, Beverly & Dereck Jourbert.
Filming African wildlife in Southern Africa since the 1980s, the Jouberts have turned from chroniclers of the conservation message to actual conservationists with a nourishing management plan given the stark change in Africa’s precious wildlife terrain over the last 30 years with more and more tracts of land becoming endangered habitats. The Big Cats Initiative is the Great Plains emergency action plan.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Guided Safaris® guests visit beyond the fourth-wall perspective; not as tourists and passersby but as benefactors and real stakeholders in a humanitarian effort; A front-row, hands-on seat is offered on this important on-ground project watching daily stories unfold and contributions raised in the emergency funding required from each visit supporting the work at hand. Your journey here links to the destiny of these prized regions, helping directly fund not only the protection of these majestic animals but also sponsoring the rural communities at the actual forefront of the anti-poaching war.
For information on how you can donate to the immediate causes on ground, please get in touch with us. In addition to acting as donor, we can help arrange a private behind-the-scenes safari.