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.
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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.