Entity: Non-profit Foundation
Registeredat: The Office of the Master of the High Court, Namibia
Governedby a Board of Trustees
TristanCowley (Ultimate Safaris)
Tristan comes from a conservation background, being a qualified natural resource manager and having published numerous popular articles and scientific papers inlearned journals. He has conducted intensive research in the ornithological field as well as the small mammal field, being the first scientist to ever doan in-depth study of Namibia's only endemic carnivore, the black mongoose.Tristan is a highly qualified safari guide and focusses on select naturalistgroups. Tristan has also served as the chairman of TASA (Tour and SafariAssociation of Namibia) and vice-chairman of NATH (Namibian Academy forTourism and Hospitality), as well as on the executive of FENATA(Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations). He also acts as a lecturer forNATH and serves on the natural resource management advisory committee of the Universityof Technology in Namibia. Knowing no other careers, it goes without saying that Tristan's passion is for the natural world and it protection.
Martin Webb-Bowen (Ultimate Safaris)
Martin originates from the UK and began his time in Africa during the early eighties. He came to Namibia in 1993 and set up a safari operation called Sandy Acre Safaris. The company concentrated on providing private guided safaris forvisitors from the UK, but this spread into other source markets such as the USA,Switzerland, France and Spain. It also became established as a film services support company, specifically as a contractor for the BBC (this being one ofMartin’s prime roles at Ultimate Safaris). Martin has been on the TASA(Tour and Safari Association of Namibia) board since 1995 and has also acted asChief Executive Officer and later Chairman of the umbrella body FENATA(Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations). His intimate knowledge ofNamibia and Africa as a whole is instrumental in the Foundation’s conservation philosophy.
David grewup in Wankie (Hwange), north-west Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), where the wildlife of Wankie National Park and on the Zambezi River was a part of everyday life.After attaining a degree in Agriculture Economics and a Masters in Wildlife ecology, I worked as an Ecologist with both the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Department of National Parks. He has been involved with conservation, rural development and safari tourism all his life. Since leaving Zimbabwe NationalParks in 1988, he has worked as a consultant in wildlife management, protected area planning and rural development and in the safari tourism industry throughout southern Africa. He has been fortunate to play a role in planningand establishing private and community Conservancies and Game Reserves throughout Southern Africa, as well as in developing tourism lodges and safari operations in those areas. For almost 12 years he, in addition to his businessactivities, managed the Sindisa Foundation, a United Kingdom registered charity supporting wildlife conservation and rural development in southern Africa. Therole of the Sindisa Foundation in Namibia has now been passed on to the Conservation Travel Foundation. He continues to participate, however, as a Trustee and Advisor, his experience and knowledge is a great asset to the Foundation.