"Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow." Aldo Leupold
All who have walked with us will know that we are conservationists at heart. Conservation is fundamental in our purpose and we believe that we have a responsibility to make a difference.
As a business, in the macro-context, we bring real value to the areas in we work in. Why are we comfortable stating this?
15% of African wilderness has been lost in the last 20 years. The money we bring in though paying the access fees to walk in these areas assists both the reserves and the surrounding communities. Without the surrounding communities seeing value coming from these incredible habitats, they have no reason to conserve them.
We are future focused and we want the generations after us to enjoy what we have. We believe in treading lightly on earth and low-eco footprint safaris. We not only live the wilderness philosophy of Leave-No-Trace, it is also written into our standard operating practices.
On many levels both the carbon and eco-footprint of a professionally managed walk is negligible against that of a game drive.
All of our walking experiences put feet and eyes on the ground. We walk in areas that vehicles do not go, and our observations, and presence, helps conservation efforts.
Through decades of walking in these places we have saved the lives of hundreds of animals, through our taking out thousands of snares.
Our connecting people to the beautiful and remote areas we operate in, touches our client’s hearts in a deep way. This subsequently influences their understanding of why it is import of preserve wilderness.
In 2015 Lutz Otto, our founding director, was awarded the "Order of the Bateleur" for his dedicated volunteer work within the conservation field. He was humbled to receive the award alongside conservation legends. The challenges created by our growing human population, habitat/ wilderness encroachment and fragmentation concern him. A member of the Game Rangers Association of Africa, he is the founder of an Honorary Ranger Initiative within the Greater Kruger National Park and has volunteered across numerous conservation projects. He served for six years on the executive committee of the Field Guides Association Of Southern Africa who focus on raising the standards of the guiding industry.
“No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” David Attenborough
"I knew that in wilderness, we had resources that were vital to the well-being of the people of the world. These are the fountains that we return to for our nourishment" Dr. Ian Player
"When we see nature as a community to which we belong, rather than belonging to us, we may begin to use it with love and respect"
"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught" Baba Dioum
"Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints." Chief Seattle
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