//Huab Under Canvas | Conservation Travel Foundation
//Huab Under Canvas//Huab Conservancy
Ultimate Safaris was approached in 2016 to consider investing in the //Huab Conservancy which, on account of its remote location, had been overlooked for tourism development. After investigation, Ultimate Safaris entered into a Joint Venture with the //Huab Conservancy, which also brought support from the Conservation Travel Foundation for their conservation and community development aspirations. A 12 bed seasonal tented camp (April to November), opened in 2016 in the core rhino area of the Conservancy. Safari activities focus on rhino tracking with one of the Rhino Ranger teams, and with a 90% success rate in finding the animals, it is recognised as the area with the most effective tracking of black rhino in Namibia. The area is also home to other desert-adapted wildlife, such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, oryx, giraffe and elephant.
The Camp and its activities have brought considerable economic benefits to the //Huab community and to the Conservancies wildlife conservation efforts. //Huab Under Canvas pays a nightly fee per guest; a monthly land rental fee, and a Guest conservation levy to the Conservancy, all of which amounts to over 20% of the gross camp revenue. - a figure unprecedented in Namibian Communal Conservancy tourism Joint Ventures. The Camp also employs, trains and develops the skills of local Conservancy members who make up the Camp staff.
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 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.