The Conservation Travel Foundation is dedicated to assist with protection and conservation in the wild areas of Namibia and rural development to improve the quality of life of the communities who live in and around them. The Trustees of the Foundation have great experience in these matters and they endorse the concept of responsible and sustainable tourism that promotes and supports both conservation and development.
In addition to providing Conservation Travel Foundation with administrative and logistical services, Ultimate Safaris raises an additional 2.5% of its commercial revenue for conservation efforts. All these funds are channeled through the Conservation Travel Foundation into projects ranging from assistance for rhino and predator conservation, to the improvement of school infrastructure in remote rural areas. These projects have set a local benchmark for ethical, socially responsible, and transparent impact investment. The result is that the Conservation Travel Foundation has become one of the most effective travel-funded, non-profit organisations in Namibia.
All participants in any safari with, or arranged by, Ultimate Safaris can contribute to the efforts of the Namibian people to achieve sustainable economic development, while conserving their natural habitats and wildlife. This can only be achieved through meaningful partnerships between the rural people whose homes are in some of the world’s most beautiful natural locations, Government institutions, private enterprise, and NGOs. Ensuring that the benefits of sound and pragmatic land-use management, including those from safari tourism, are adequately shared is both ethical and just, and this will ensure that these places can be conserved for the future benefit of all. For more information, visit www.ultimatesafaris.na.
To support rural community socio-economic development and conservation initiatives that conserve the ecological integrity of landscapes, protect biodiversity, support cultural heritage, and contribute to the social and economic well-being of those communities.
The strategy of the Foundation is to focus its support on a small number of critical projects so that limited funds achieve maximum impact. This strategy demands that non-specific donations are pooled, and used on projects targeted to maximise impact on the declared objectives. Large scale change can be achieved with the amplification of small scale contributions.
Responsible tourism can be a positive and powerful force for environmental conservation and rural development, especially when there is effective collaboration and cooperation between the public, private, NGO, rural communal and tourism sectors. The relationship between the Conservation Travel Foundation, Ultimate Safaris, the //Huab and Doro !Nawas Conservancies, and their NGO, Government and tourism operator partners, has proved particularly effective in achieving their joint objectives. Ultimate Safaris also provides CTF with an efficient vehicle to assist with project implementation and monitoring.
Safari travelers are encouraged to participate fully in conservation and rural development projects and, therefore, to embrace environmentally responsible travel. This integration of travelers with local communities and ecological conservation programmes promotes Conservation Travel as an essential instrument of sustainable rural development.
Namibia boasts the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told in Africa and all guests travelling with Ultimate Safaris are already making a positive impact as they embark on their life enriching journey, just by visiting Namibia.
The Damaraland Leopard Project was launched in early 2020 and it began as a co-ordinated camera trap study of leopard activity in the area. As a result of the work done by the Conservation Travel Foundation, and the support provided by our partners at Wildlife Protection Solutions, it has now become a full-scale research project.
YOUNG DEFENDERS program embraces the ever-growing desire of families to allow their children a true wilderness experience, while at the same time allowing them to learn about conservation and to be a part of those efforts.
Namibia has faced extremely arid conditions in the North West for several years, and this drought situation has inevitably increased competition for resources and added to the pressure of human lion conflict in the area.
The Conservation Travel Foundation works closely with Save the Rhino Trust to conserve Namibia’s desert-adapted black rhino. A major threat to rhino is poaching, and the Rhino Ranger programme was designed specifically to increase patrols and monitoring of Namibia’s rhino.
In March, 2019, the Lion Recovery Fund formed a new initiative - the Lionscape Coalition. This allows Africa’s top tourism operators to take a lead in supporting on-the-ground conservation work and to encourage their visitors to support efforts to secure the future of wild lions.
In an effort to place a pragmatic value on wildlife, both ecological and economic, the Wildlife Credits Initiative was formed by a number of local and international NGOs, with support from the Conservation Travel Foundation.
Tourism is a primary economic enterprise option for the Conservancies to exploit, and while leases for the establishment of small, high-end lodges and camps are a key element within that option, so is the provision of facilities for self-drive and lower paying tourists - such as rustic campsites.
In 2018 Ultimate Safaris entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with the Doro !Nawas Conservancy to develop a 12 bed camp within the Conservancy, under a similar agreement to that with the //Huab Conservancy.
Ultimate Safaris operates two safari ventures on the private Namib Tsaris Conservancy, namely The Nest @ Sossus and Camp Sossus. The conservation levies paid to the Conservancy help repay the costs of the rehabilitation of the land after years of inappropriate stock farming.
Little Bugs (www.litle-bugs.org) is a free Early Childhood Development Centre and lower primary school, set up by the Namib Sky Foundation, located near Sossusvlei and the Namib Tsaris Conservancy in south-central Namibia.
The Conservation Travel Foundation provided funds for SRT to construct a Rhino Anti-Poaching Unit Camp in the area of prime rhino habitat, to help counter the threat of rhino poaching in the Kunene Region.
The Conservation Travel Foundation also supports SRT with regular contributions that are not assigned to any particular project, but which allow SRT to allocate the funds to meet unspecified operational requirements that arise, or are not covered by other ring-fenced funds.
EST is a Namibian Non-Profit Organisation that focuses its conservation efforts on six critically endangered species - namely, the African wild dog, the pangolin, the dwarf python, the spotted rubber frog, and the Cape Griffon vulture.
When Justine Gaingos, a longtime staff member of Ultimate Safaris, retired, The Conservation Travel Foundation donated her the machinery and house modifications to establish a laundry service in the suburb of Katutura.