Grootberg Primary School is a small, rural school in the Erwee Village, located in the Khoadi Hoas Conservancy. The Conservation Travel Foundation has supported the school with funds donated by Ultimate Safaris guests who have visited it, since 2012. These contributions include:
Bursary Scheme : CTF have engaged with a number of private donors to sponsor an annual bursary for a child from this area with high academic ability to attend a school in Windhoek. One scholar is currently supported, and other potential candidates are under consideration
Blanket and mattresses : A number of children stay in the school hostel during term, and the school needs a regular supply of a mattresses and blankets. The Foundation regularly assists by arranging for the delivery of large numbers of mattresses and blankets annually - again funded by Ultimate Safaris guests.
Citrus plantation : Ten years ago CTF sponsored a citrus plantation at the school as there was sufficient water for the orchard to be viable. The fresh fruit and vegetables provide vital supplements for the children.
Computer Centre : CTF donated a state-of-the-art computer centre to the school in 2010. Rural primary school scholars need exposure to computers and computer technology before advancing to secondary school. Grootberg Primary School provided the classroom to house the Computer Centre, and the Conservation Travel Foundation provided the computer equipment and technical support for the installation. Since August 2012 the school has had a qualified US Peace Corps volunteer teaching basic computer skills.
Crockery and cutlery : There is a constant need for crockery and cutlery at the school boarding facility. The Government rural education authorities provide limited support to the Hostel, so the Foundation regularly provides crockery and cutlery, and similar items, also purchased with donations from Ultimate Safaris guests who have visited the school.
Volunteer Program : The Conservation Travel Foundation set up a volunteer program; built volunteer accommodation, and focused volunteer activity on teaching English language, computer skills, and extramural activities, especially team sports. The volunteer program is not subsidised, and volunteers need to cover many of their own living costs, and make a pre-set financial contribution to the school. The Foundation does not take any payment for their own part in the programme. Should you be interested in volunteering at the Grootberg Primary School, please express your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.