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Two great companies met at Indaba to talk about new camps, luxury safari holiday experiences and operating as responsible ecotourism and conservation companies.
Both us and our partners at Wilderness believe in protecting the pristine wilderness areas of Africa, and including the local communities in this process.
Equally important, is sharing the African experience with our guests in a responsible manner that sees sustainability developments prosper in wildlife, wilderness and communities.
Wilderness boasts a number of exciting travel divisions: Wilderness Safaris, Wilderness Adventures, Wilderness Explorations, Wilderness Air and the newly launched Wilderness Collection.
Wilderness operates a portfolio of some 70 lodges, camps and safaris in nine African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Republic of Congo and the Seychelles.
Wilderness Collection is a carefully selected portfolio of progressive and innovative programmes in iconic African destinations and will build on the success enjoyed by North Island, Seychelles and Abu Camp, Botswana over the past decade.
Two exceptional new destinations that will join the Collection and open early in 2012 are Segera on the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya and Odzala in the virgin rainforest of Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
All of the locations share a philosophy of building environmental, social and financial equity and of raising global awareness around sustainability. This shared commitment to these inextricably linked goals results in synergies that would perhaps not be as effectively achieved without the umbrella of the Wilderness Collection.
In addition to this common philosophy, each location is dedicated to unashamed, but sustainable, luxury and exceptional guest experiences. From the refined elegance of North Island, to the sophistication and elephant ambassadors of Abu Camp, the rainforest discovery and lowland gorilla encounters of Odzala and the cultural journey and modern conservation concept of Segera, the Wilderness Collection is firmly rooted in striving to provide truly inimitable experiences for our guests.
Each of the destinations included in the Wilderness Collection has a foundation based on Wilderness’ core principals, “the 4Cs” – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – and seeks to demonstrate that you can do well by doing good.
North Island shows that it is possible to reverse the negative impacts of our species and rehabilitate entire ecosystems. Similarly, the premise on which Abu Camp and its elephant ambassadors is based is that of elephant conservation and vast transfrontier conservation areas. Segera, in turn, aims to create a self-sustaining, responsible model that preserves a part of Kenya’s natural heritage, benefits the local population, enhances responsible tourism and promotes sustainable land use and awareness of conservation issues. Odzala’s vision is to use responsible lowland gorilla-orientated tourism as a catalyst to spread the rainforest conservation message both locally and globally. All of these programmes are undertaken in a way that ensures the sustainability philosophy is integral
to the guest experience.
Pictured below: From left: Peter Allison, Wilderness Safaris, Jonathon and Danica Wilson, Encompass Africa, Cate Procter, Wilderness Safaris.
If you want to find out more about Wilderness experiences, contact Encompass Africa today on 1300 988 378.