September 2018 – Leading eco-tourism company and safari operator, Wilderness Safaris continues to celebrate 35 years of life-changing journeys with another Travel with Purpose journey, this one set to take place in Namibia’s Palmwag Concession in Damaraland from 16 to 21 June 2019. Hosted by award-winning conservationist Garth Owen-Smith, and various other experts from Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), this purposeful journey offers guests a unique behind-the-scenes experience of an extraordinary conservation coalition, including tracking Critically Endangered black rhino on foot. All funds raised from the itinerary will be directly channelled to SRT.
“We are looking forward to showcasing our long-standing partnership with SRT and our neighbouring conservancies, and highlighting the success of the coalition in order to ensure the conservation of Africa’s largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in north-west Namibia”, says Wilderness Safaris Namibia MD Alexandra Margull, host of the journey.
The journey, which will host a maximum of four guests to ensure absolute exclusivity, will be led by Garth Owen-Smith, as well as SRT CEO, Simson Uri-Khob, SRT Science Advisor, Jeff Muntifering, and Wilderness Safaris Private Guide, Gerhard Thirion. In addition to tracking black rhino across the parched, rock-strewn Palmwag landscape, accompanied by these renowned community and rhino conservation experts, guests will experience a unique behind-the-scenes overview of the impact of community-based conservation, witnessing first-hand how it has positively impacted the conservation of these black rhino and many other desert-adapted species.
For almost four decades, SRT has worked tirelessly to protect the desert-adapted black rhino of the Kunene and Erongo regions from a point of near-extinction – a remarkable conservation success story. Working closely with Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), local communities, ecotourism entities like Wilderness Safaris at Desert Rhino Camp, and NGOs, dedicated teams of trackers patrol the area daily to monitor these imperilled animals.
“The success of the partnership between Desert Rhino Camp, SRT and our local communities in the Palmwag Conservancy has ensured the sustainable development of a responsible ecotourism offering that continues to make a dramatic impact to the ongoing conservation of black rhino in the region. Beyond this Travel with Purpose itinerary, each Wilderness guest staying at Desert Rhino Camp is a conservationist, with a portion of their revenue going to SRT and its conservation operations. Our funding has allowed SRT to keep full teams of trackers in the field to monitor the rhinos and raise awareness of urgent conservation issues. We are proud to share the highlights of this joint venture with like-minded guests, and to continue promoting this extraordinary camp to play our part in the protection of the world’s last truly wild population of black rhino and Namibia’s natural resources”, concluded Alexandra.
For more details on this Travel with Purpose itinerary, click here. To watch a short video on this unique Conservation Coalition click here.
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