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6 Transformative Community Experiences for a Positive Impact Safari Journey

Matthys van Aswegen

Author: Matthys van Aswegen - 30 January 2024

Last Update: 6 December 2023

Part of the African Safari Collection

Longtime supporter of sustainable and ethical tourism, Discover Africa has recently added six new transformative community experiences to its list of positive impact safaris. These tours are deeply connected with initiatives that conserve wildlife and wilderness areas, as well as directly uplift the communities linked to these ecosystems.

If you’re looking for a deeply rewarding community interaction safari, keep reading.

1. Safari and Community Development – Cape Town & Johannesburg

This 9-day positive impact safari combines exhilarating game viewing, bush walks, and community excursions in the malaria-free Marakele National Park, with community development activities and sightseeing in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

You’ll meet with our partner Uthando, an NGO connected to a vast network of community upliftment projects and get to visit the initiatives that you find most inspiring, from education and music to early childhood development and urban agriculture.

2. Camping with the Maasai on the Oltyiani Trail – Kenya

Follow in the literal footsteps of your local Loita Maasai guide as you immerse yourself in the culture, tradition, and bushlore of this enigmatic tribe. Your 7-day journey takes you through the spectacular “Forest of the Lost Child” and the Loita Hills, before a few days in a low-impact tented camp on the border of the magnificent Masai Mara.

Your adventure will lead you to Oltyiani, the highest peak in the Loita with incredible views of the Rift Valley. Game viewing is superb and the sense of cultural immersion supreme.

3. Ranger Experience Safari – Botswana

This 7-day safari features stops in two of Botswana’s most captivating regions. Begin your adventure at the sprawling Makgadikgadi Salt Pans where you can look forward to Bushman walks, horse-riding, and traditional game drives, before moving on to the Khwai Private Reserve in the northern Okavango Delta.

Elephant walking infront of Little Sable Camp, Botswana | Photo credit: Little Sable Camp
Elephant walking infront of Little Sable Camp, Botswana | Photo credit: Little Sable Camp

Here, you’ll get to engage in an authentic pre-dawn predator identification and ranger tracking experience, as well as visit the Khwai Village Outreach program, which facilitates school feeding programs, care for the elderly, and ranger training assistance, all supported by a donation built into your tour fee.

4. Safari and Women Empowerment – Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Embark on a 10-day odyssey that takes you through three countries on an Impact Safari with our partners, African Bush Camps and the ABC Foundation.

Travel through Botswana’s Linyanti area, Zambia’s Victoria Falls region, and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park where, between game drives, you’ll get to visit and support women empowerment and women-run projects.

These include the training, tuition, and licensing of female guides, a community clinic, and fashion, basket weaving, and jewelry making initiatives. A portion of your booking goes directly to these projects and empowers local women making a difference.

5. Conservation Safari – Namibia

This 12-day self-drive safari will take you to four destinations renowned for their wildlife viewing and conservation efforts. Explore Etosha National Park, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei on an unforgettable adventure, visiting vital educational and research projects along the way.

Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp in Namibia | Photo credit: Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp in Namibia | Photo credit: Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp

These initiatives are critical to maintaining Namibia’s biodiversity and understanding the country’s unique ecosystems. Track leopards and rhinos, spot wildlife at a floodlit waterhole, and explore ancient rock engravings – every activity you engage in helps contribute to Namibia’s environment.

Suite at Camp Kipwe, Namibia | Photo credit: Camp Kipwe
Suite at Camp Kipwe, Namibia | Photo credit: Camp Kipwe

Positive impact safaris are a great way to explore the wilderness of Africa while giving back to the land and its people. The future of the continent’s landscapes, wildlife, and communities depend on sustainable and responsible tourism, and your choice of safari can make a big difference.

6. Interact with Researchers in Ruaha – Tanzania

Tanzania’s Ruaha is very special and one of the best parks for safari enthusiasts that have travelled to Serengeti before and looking for something different. This is also a great safari choice for families with older kids who want to know more about conservation and scientific research.

Walking safari at Jabali Ridge, Tanzania | Photo credit: Jabali Ridge
Walking safari at Jabali Ridge, Tanzania | Photo credit: Jabali Ridge

This 6 day safari includes interaction with the Douglas Bell Eco Research Station in the Usangu Wetland, where you’ll engage with researchers and learn about conservation efforts. Activities include setting camera traps, identifying predators, tracking lions with telemetry, and contributing to global research.

Aerial view of the pool area at Jabali Ridge, Tanzania | Photo credit: Jabali Ridge
Aerial view of the pool area at Jabali Ridge, Tanzania | Photo credit: Jabali Ridge

Enjoy game viewing, boat trips, and walks in the area, followed by a luxurious 2-night stay at Jabali Ridge, offering stunning views of the Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment.

Speak to a safari expert at Discover Africa today about planning your luxury, tailormade, transformative safari and get ready for a truly rewarding holiday experience.

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