Ecotourism dedicated to sustainable tourism development in 9 different countries throughout southern and eastern Africa70 lodges2.5 million hectares (7 million acres)
4 C’sCONSERVATIONEnvironmental Management Systems How we Build & Manage Camps to lessen our carbon footprint
There are three key areas:Research and conservationCommunity empowerment and educationAnti-poaching and managementSince 2004 WWT have contributed:Over $1.5 millionTo 76 different conservation projects
Aims to educate the youth of these area, inspiring and helping them to appreciate & conserve their heritageA structured curriculum, conducted during week-long stays in our campsBy the end of 2011, we had hosted 20 000 kids-in-camp-nightsExample of a Children in the Wilderness hero In 2005 DanfordManda, a local child from the Chintheche region in Malawi.Already identified by his mentors as a leader,While attending the weekly follow-up meetings he learned more and more about conservation. increasing demand for wood, deforestation was a major challenge in his area. He wrote a proposal to Wilderness with the intention of receiving funding and support with regards to starting a tree nursery and woodlot project One-hectare piece of land by the local chief, this project was realised. Around 2 500 trees were planted on the land, bringing all the benefits of a mixed ecosystem with them. Danford is now working for Wilderness at Mvuu Camp in the Liwonde National Park and is a mentor in the Children in the Wilderness Programmes a
Exclusive & original1000 sq feet3 – 11 rooms2 staff per guest ratio6 guests in vehiclesOur Premier camps offer an exclusive and original experience in pristine wilderness areas. We promise relevance and balance, authenticity and education, as well as elegant and stylised accommodation. These camps combine luxury, superbly designed architecture with the warm comforts of home and personal service. Each Premier camp has its own style, as well as additional features such as salas for a soothing midday siesta or outdoor showers ‘under the stars’. Our rates are as all-inclusive as possible in our Premier camps with the core activities such as game drives, nature walks, boating, local drinks and all meals included in the price. For game drives, we use customised 4x4 vehicles that are spacious and comfortable, providing “window” seats for all guests. Our knowledgeable guides accompany guests on all activities for the duration of their stay in any one camp. Children between 6 and 12 are welcome on the basis that private activities and/or sole use of camps are booked and paid for.
Engaging and traditional650 sq feet6 – 12 rooms1 – 1.5 staff per guest7 guests in vehiclesOur Classic camps offer an engaging and traditional safari experience in prime wilderness areas. We promise comfort, sincerity and learning, in a relaxed atmosphere catering to the discerning globally caring traveller. The camps are generally tented, although a few are built from permanent structures, and offer superb facilities and accommodation. Our rates are as all-inclusive as possible while on safari in our Classic camps with the core activities such as game drives, nature walks, boating, local drinks and all meals being included in the nightly rate. For game drives, we use customised 4x4 vehicles that are spacious and comfortable, providing “window” seats for all guests. Our knowledgeable guides accompany guests on all activities for the duration of their stay in any one camp. Children between 6 and 12 are welcome on the basis that private activities and/or sole use of camps are booked and paid for.
fully serviced guided safaris that create a secluded sense of wild camping in Africa. These safaris utilise mostly private concessions and wildlife areas exclusive to Wilderness guests.Explorations guides are highly trained and noted for their passion and knowledge of their particular countries and lead each journey from start to finish, creating a seamless and detailed interpretive experience. A variety of travel modes
49 airciraftCessna 206Cessna 210Cessna 208B (Grand Caravan)PC 12Beech King B200Experience from the water ways of the delta – sweeping landscapes of NamibiaIn operation since 1991, and with an impeccable safety record, Wilderness Air offers scheduled transfers between Wilderness camps and the regional hubs, as well as a private charter service using a varied fleet of light aircraft. These aircraft are perfectly suited to operating in remote bush conditions and include the Cessna 206, the Cessna 210 and the Cessna 208B (Grand Caravan). As an alternative to scheduled commercial airliners, charters in larger and faster planes such as the Pilatus PC12, the Beech King Air B200 or the Citation Mustang are possible from Johannesburg to Maun and on some of the other longer routes. In the case of the Pilatus or the King Air, these aircraft and their crew can accompany guests throughout their safari on a private charter basis. The service offered by Wilderness Air is more than a simple connection, however, rather the aerial transfers between camps allow a totally different impression and appreciation of the country below. From the densely matted papyrus flanked waterways of the Okavango Delta and their secretive sitatunga inhabitants, to the bizarre, unexplained fairy circles of the Namib Desert and the dambos and closed canopy miombo woodlands of Zambia, all yield a new perspective when viewed from above.
Wilderness Explorations are an innovative range of fully serviced guided safaris that create a secluded sense of wild camping in Africa. These safaris utilise mostly private concessions and wildlife areas exclusive to Wilderness guests, enhancing the range and diversity of activities.
Each itinerary has been carefully created with the changing seasons, game movements and guest experience in mind. All Explorations itineraries have set departure dates, and operate with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 confirmed guests per safari. Personally crafted Explorations are available on flexible dates and tailored itineraries for private groups or families (4-8 guests).
Discoverer Explorations are a deluxe range of mobile safaris
We have developed an innovative Meru-style canvas tent for the Discoverer trails camps. This design, with its hexagonal shape, walk-in structure and en-suite separate toilet and shower areas, allows for a sense of space, matchless views and privacy. The interiors of the tents have been redesigned to create a sense of stepping back in time, with flowing linen of pure cottons and essential "old style" finishes.Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the evening camp ambience. Fresh, sumptuous meals are usually prepared around a fire by safari staff, and the dining area is under stars (although a canopy dining tent is always erected), creating that matchless 'camping wilderness' experience. A small reference library is also provided.Discoverer camps are designed to bring the guest closer to nature; they are specially outfitted to ensure the camping feel with a clear emphasis on necessary and stylish comfortable interiors. This warm, inviting atmosphere, with its lantern-lit meals and cheerful campfire, is complemented by the comfort and added luxury of the permanent lodges visited.
For the Adventurer Explorations, we utilise a spacious walk-in "maxi" dome tent. The comfortable interior has canvas bedrolls, crisp cotton sheets and duvets set out on GI stretchers, complemented with old-fashioned tin finishes, recreating a sense of simple style under canvas. The en-suite bathroom comprising toilet and bucket shower, guest amenities and hand-wash basin, is at the rear of the tent via a zipped doorway. Inviting dining areas offer an atmosphere of understated, serviced camping. These camps are erected prior to our guests' arrival. This, coupled with the wildlife-rich areas visited and the easy mobility of the camps, allow us to explore the most remote areas of the subcontinent. Adventurer camping features lively campfires, camps lit by hurricane lanterns and a range of exciting and diverse activities, creating a pure wilderness camping experience with a warm atmosphere and camaraderie. High standards in mobile safaris are to be found on Adventurer Explorations, as comfort and experience are redefined.
These Explorations are about reconnecting with nature and embracing the elements away from the luxury of vehicles, on foot or on mountain bikes, whether on the rocky plains of the Kaokoveld, in a canoe on the waters of the Zambezi, or on foot on the fine alluvial sands of Pafuri and Selinda.Walking on safari has always been regarded as the finest way to really get a feel for the African wilderness. The walking trail experience allows guests to get their feet on the ground and really feel, smell and touch Africa. We will walk for several hours a day, but it is done at a moderate pace and can be enjoyed by most guests, with plenty of time for quality game viewing and birding on foot.
With an area of almost 600 000 square kilometres, Botswana is virtually the same size as France or Texas. Botswana is one of Africa's success stories. Prior to independence in 1966, it was one of the world's poorest countries. When we started to work in Botswana in the 1970s, very few people who lived outside Botswana had even heard of the Okavango. It was undiscovered, only visited by a few hardy adventurers. But South Africa's first democratic elections began a change in the area. Within Botswana, there were big changes, too. Diamonds were discovered in the Kalahari shortly after independence and this kick-started the economy. Sir SeretseKhama was the country's first post-independence president. He was a wonderful leader and one of the most pragmatic and far-thinking presidents any country could ever hope for. Seretse laid the foundations that Botswana needed to propel itself forward, without compromising democracy; the result is a booming economy in a stable country. On the wildlife front, Seretse's son, Ian, is one of the country's unsung conservation heroes (and currently its president). When he became head of the military, he positioned his troops to secure Botswana's borders from poachers. The game concentrations within the country multiplied overnight. Many people owe their jobs and careers to his actions.
The country abandoned mass tourism and focused on high quality / low volume tourism as the best way to create a sustainable industry that would employ a large percentage of its people, while still preserving the environment. Today wildlife and tourism employs about 45% of all the people who live in northern Botswana.
Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddles two great deserts: the Namib (after which it is named) is the oldest desert on the planet, and its sea of red sand lies along the Atlantic coastline, while in the eastern interior lies the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighbouring countries.
Over the years, there have been a number of cultural influences thathave all added to the unique atmosphere of Namibia. At varioustimes Germany, Great Britain and South Africa have all governedthe territory, but it was with the eventual independence of Namibiain 1990 that the country was able to develop its multiculturalcharacter and reinvent itself. There is a distinctive Namibiancharacter that freely blends African styles with European influenceson architecture, food, customs and art.
Zambia is a vast country, friendly and peaceful, that offers superb wildlife and cultural encounters. Landlocked in south-central Africa, it is one of theregion’s least travelled and most rewarding wilderness destinations. Situated mainly on a vast plateau 3 000m above sea level, the country boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers as well as Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe. Most of the country enjoys a mild, pleasant climate with the river valleys hotter and more humid and the north, in the region of Lake Tanganyika (one of Zambia’s ten large lakes), tropical. While Lusaka is the country’s capital, Livingstone, just 10km from the Falls, is the well-known ‘adventure capital’, offering adrenalin-packed activities on and around the Falls and the Zambezi River. When it comes to wildlife, Zambia offers impressive diversity as well as large concentrations and numbers, and some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent. It was in Zambia that the concept of walking safaris originated as the best way of enjoying the rich flora and fauna of the country’s 19 national parks. Birdlife is particularly prolific, attracting birders from all over the world.
At 22 500km2, Kafue National Park is one of the largest in Africa. The million-hectare northern sectoris the perfect location for our camps: remote, wild and diverse with vast tracts of pristine wilderness.The north-west is dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus-dominated wetland that gives way tothe vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains, seasonally-inundated grassland dotted with isolated tree islands.
Tree climbing lions
The 9 050km2 South Luangwa National Park is found in the low-lying productive Luangwa Valley. OurLuamfwa Concession, pristine and secluded, is situated in the remote and undeveloped southern sectorof the Park. The Park is sustained by the Luangwa River, an impressive watercourse that supports highdensities of game along its banks. Over time, the river’s course has carved a multitude of channelsthat, in winter, form lagoons and oxbow lakes, which serve as magnets for game activity. The Luangwais flanked by mopane woodland, scrub, savannah and low hills.
Over 60 large mammal species are found: herds of elephant and buffalo frequently dominate access to water at the oxbow lakes, whilepuku, impala, waterbuck, warthog and kudu are prolific. Unique subspecies of wildebeest (Cookson’s)and giraffe (Thornicroft’s) occur only in the Luangwa Valley.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – “theSmoke that Thunders”. Adventure Capital.
Two major rivers form the northern and southern boundaries of Zimbabwe: the great Zambezi River cuts along its northern frontier, while the languid Limpopo forms the southern border with South Africa. In between, the country has a variety of habitats, from the granite hills of the Matopos to the majestic mountains, lush forests and beautiful rivers of the Eastern Highlands. As such, there is much to attract the traveller, from wildlife viewing and adrenalin adventures to encountering the history of the Zimbabwean people going back thousands of years. It is in the unspoilt and peaceful northern parks that we concentrate our safari operations. The Zambezi has an exceptional variety of spectacular scenery as well as one of the world’s natural wonders: the Victoria Falls. Downriver, our concession lies in Mana Pools National Park, located on the floodplains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and offering superb wildlife viewing. Along the Botswana border the easternmost tongues of the Kalahari sands creep into the country and mix with the teak forests of the interior, so that desert-adapted animals share the same habitat with woodland species. Hwange National Park is home to some of southern Africa’s last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds. Wilderness’ Makalolo and Linkwasha concessions within Hwange are truly wild areas which offer Zimbabwe’s best summer game viewing.
Unique water based environment unlike the Okavango Delta
Unique water based environment unlike the Okavango Delta
iSimangaliso Wetland Park – Rocktail Bay. Rocktail Bay is situated in Maputaland on KwaZulu-Natal’s north-eastern seaboard, a diverse region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas. It lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites which spans a range of ecological zones. Situated offshore is the Maputaland Marine Reserve which offers an additional sanctuary with extraordinary diving and snorkelling encounters with prolific marine life, spectacular coral landscape, and dolphins and whales. Few sections of the South African coastline are as unspoilt and secluded, and the area is known for its superb, pristine dive spots as well as the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles that come to lay their eggs and hatch on the beaches.The land is a low-lying coastal plain, lined with ancient coastal dunes that are considered to be amongst the tallest vegetated dunes in the world and are swathed in lush green forest with a variety of animals, birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to the bushveld. Common reedbuck frequent the marshes and grasslands, red duiker live in the forest areas, hippo are found in freshwater lakes and whales and dolphins are often seen offshore. Birding is outstanding, with a number of typical coastal forest species – Green Twinspot, Green Malkoha, Grey Waxbill, Purplecrested and Livingstone’s Turacos.
From a scuba diving perspective, Rocktail Bay is unique. Not only is the diving conducted within a Reserve and World Heritage Site along unspoiled reefs, but divers have the luxury of knowing that they alone have access to these sites and are the only underwater visitors along this stretch of the coastline.
Every summer, hundreds of Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles complete their breeding cycle and emerge from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs on this stretch of coastline - incredibly most returning to the exact beach on which they themselves hatched!
The project is deemed the longest ongoing scientific study of turtles in the world! The results from this study show that our turtle population is one of very few in the world that is on the increase.
At two million hectares and over 300km long from north to south, the Kruger National Park is a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species, over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles, amphibians and insects. In the extreme northernmost sector between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers lies the Makuleke Concession, with Mozambique and Zimbabwe to the east and north. Although this 24 000ha area comprises only fractionally more than 1% of the total area of the Kruger, 75% of all species in this region occur here, making it one of the Park’s biodiversity hotspots and a true contrast to the rest of Kruger.
Scenically, the area is stunning, with mountains, gorges, forests of fever trees, squat baobabs, mopane woodland, and open savannah grassland. This range of habitat is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo, predators such as leopard and lion, the highest density of nyala in Kruger, and species difficult to find further south, such as eland, Sharpe’s grysbok and yellow-spotted rock dassie. The area is known as a birding Mecca with some species found nowhere else in South Africa, such as Böhm’s Spinetail, Racket-tailed Roller and Threebanded Courser.
Congo's democratic progress was derailed in 1997 when Lissouba and Sassou started to fight over power. As presidential elections scheduled for July 1997 approached, tensions between the Lissouba and Sassou camps mounted. On June 5, President Lissouba's government forces surrounded Sassou's compound in Brazzaville and Sassou ordered members of his private militia (known as "Cobras") to resist. Thus began a four-month conflict that destroyed or damaged much of Brazzaville and caused tens of thousands of civilian deaths. In early October, the Angolan socialist regime began an invasion of Congo to install Sassou to power. In mid-October, the Lissouba government fell. Soon thereafter, Sassou declared himself President.The last rebel group signed a cease-fire accord with the government in March 2003.Equator cuts through it.
WHY CONGOIt lies in the heart of the Congo basin and, aside from a host of forest biodiversity, holds by far the majority of the world population of Western Lowland Gorillas, with density in Odzala-Kokoua being the highest recorded. Given the pressure of the developed countries on developing countries’ resources, Congo faces the challenge of conserving its natural resources; ecotourism presents the best option of an alternative source of revenue. Wilderness has the ability to use its ecotourism model to contribute to the conservation of critical elements of central African biodiversity threatened by the extraction of resources such as timber, rubber, oil, diamonds, gold, and iron ore. We believe that our model can contribute positively towards social upliftment for impoverished communities in the areas that surround the park. We believe that over the years, as our guests have discovered more and more of southern Africa’s savannahs and deserts, they have grown more curious and appreciative of Africa’s other biodiversity. We feel that they would value the opportunity to encounter one of our closest relatives on foot in its most natural habitat. The country and its scenery are spectacular and Odzala-Kokoua is an unspoiled haven for wildlife.
Our area of operation is focused in the south of Odzala-Kokoua in the M’boko area. This area is bounded by the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers – important waterways to negotiate the forest blocks – and plays host to several important bais – the productive forest clearings on which wildlife viewing is focused. As well as providing access to the primary forest blocks, rivers and bais, the M’boko area is also graced by a large tract of savannah which plays host to additional biodiversity and allows a variety of forest and traditional safari activities. The Odzala experience makes use of two camps: Lango Camp, on the edge of the savannah and with access to the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers, and Ngaga Camp in the heart of a marantaceae forest.
Wednesday – D ay 07: Br azzaville• Wake up for breakfast before leaving for M’boko airstrip (a drive of 3 hours) for thecharter flight back to Brazzaville.• Land in Brazzaville in the afternoon
The ana trees that characterise the floodplain shed their protein-rich pods during this time, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant. Wildlife viewing is excellent, with large concentrations of buffalo and elephant along the river’s edges, while predators such as lion, wild dog and leopard are often sighted.
The Congo Project Odzala-Kokoua National ParkThe Odzala-Kokoua National Park is located in the Congo Basin, theworlds second largest tropical forest, after the Amazon, and one of the largest remaining tropical wilderness areas.
The Republic of Congo• Forest biodiversity• Ecotourism as an alternative• Wilderness Safaris tried and tested ecotourism model• Social upliftment of impoverished communities• New and unusual part of Africa’s biodiversity
Savanna and River SafariHabituated Gorilla Tracking Safari
•Lango camp6 tents (12 beds) in the Mbokoarea. (Savanna, river, and daySaline/Bai excursions)•Ngaga camp6 tents (12 beds) in the Ndzehiarea. (habituated gorillaexperience accompanied byresearchers)
Selling Tips Consider type of experience: • Culture vs wildlife. • Type of wildlife experience. • Physicality in the experience. •Consider your clients travel experience, specifically in Africa.Focus on a region to satisfy your clients requirements. Thereafter determine the variation in habitats for the region. Finally determine camp requirements. Our Journeys Change Lives