Responsible tourism is about finding a balance between minimising our impact on the environment, both physical and social, yet not losing the ability to open minds and educate through new experiences.
At Discover the World, responsible tourism is very important to us. We are working with World Animal Protection to develop a set of animal welfare guidelines. We have adopted a cheetah at the AfriCat Foundation and we are continually on the lookout for new conservation projects to support such as Ozondjou Trails in Damaraland. Read below for more information and about how you can help support the people and wildlife of Namibia too if you wish.
World Animal Protection
We are currently working with World Animal Protection to develop a set of animal welfare guidelines. We support their elephant-friendly tourism pledge and have committed not to sell, offer or promote venues or activities that include elephant rides and shows.
World Animal Protection have been protecting animals for more than 50 years and have a strong legacy of campaigning for lasting change and a history of global action. If you would like to support their work to end animal cruelty, click here.
The AfriCat Foundation
The AfriCat Foundation is a non profit organisation, founded in the early 90s and their main mission is the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. They have four main functions; education, research, working with the community on techniques to better protect wildlife and rehabilitating animals. AfriCat has saved more than 1000 predators since its inception and over 80 percent of them have been released back into the wild. AfriCat is most well known for cheetahs, but they also work with leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs. Those animals that can be released back into the wild or are currently being rehabilitated are looked after in the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre and those who have been released live on the 200 square kilometre Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Discover the World are proud to support the AfriCat Foundation and sponsor a cheetah there called Dune. Click here to read Dune’s story.
The AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain their various programmes. If you would like to support AfriCat yourself, click here for more details. You can donate money or adopt an animal.
Ozondjou Trails Elephant Conservation
New from 2016 is this unique opportunity to experience a taste of the life of an elephant conservationist as you track Namibia’s desert adapted elephants with the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) team. Ozondjou is the Herero word for elephants and this iconic animal is the focus of this new camp which is located close to the base camp of the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA). Your stay here will not only benefit EHRA financially, but a portion of the turnover goes to local farmers who are essential partners in the conservation of these desert giants. Click here for more information.
Supporting local projects
If you would like to take some supplies to Africa with you to help local communities, see below for a website we would recommend that can advise you what to take and make sure it goes to a good home.
Pack for a purpose is an initiative which co-ordinates travellers bringing supplies with local projects that have a need, such as a school needing notepads, pencils and so on or health clinics who need medical supplies. You can leave the supplies with a company, often a hotel and they will distribute it for you. Click here for a list of all the projects you can help support in Namibia. Several of them are hotels that we recommend including Doro Nawas and Damaraland Camp.