Ultimate Safaris impacts conservation – the truth, all by itself.

Ultimate Safaris, through its Conservation Travel Foundation (CTF), donated a total of 8.5 million Namibian dollars to various projects in Namibia in 2023. This, according to the company’s latest audited financial statements, includes around N$1.8 million for the supply of solar energy within the Tsiseb Communal Conservancy, N$1 million for the construction of weather-proof kraals (in addition to the approximately N$1.3 million spent by the CTF on predator-proof kraals in 2021), and more than N$3.5 million donated to aid the efforts of conservation organizations such as Desert Lion Conservation Trust, AfriCat, TOSCO Lion Rangers and Communal Conservancy Rhino Rangers.

Save the Rhino Trust’s coordinated Rhino Rangers program also benefited directly through the Pack for Conservation initiative led by Ultimate Safaris, which, in partnership with Namibian camping and outdoor activity provider Cymot, allows anyone from visitors to the country to interested people both inside and outside Namibia. , to purchase exclusive Rhino Ranger gear online through a secure platform and have it delivered directly to Rangers on the ground. Founded in 2006 by Tristan Cowley, later also co-founder of Ultimate Safaris, Conservation Travel Foundation’s goal has been to partner with Conservation Travel to achieve tangible, positive impacts on ecosystem conservation and the socio-economic development of rural communities. in Namibia. Cowley, now CEO of Ultimate Safaris, explained: “As a safari operator, we wanted to enrich the lives of the communities and improve the areas we visit, as well as the guests who travel with us. The Conservation Travel Foundation has allowed us to achieve this in the most transparent way.”

From humble beginnings where only a few hundred dollars were raised annually, the CTF has, in the last three years alone, been able to provide support worth over N$24 million. The foundation has also developed long-term relationships with conservation partners such as the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the Rare and Endangered Species Trust, the Lion Recovery Fund, the Pangolin Conservation and Research Foundation and the Namibia Chamber of Environment, as well as numerous and Namibians. international financial partners.

“With the support of Ultimate Safaris, through the Conservation Travel Foundation, we have been able to enrich the lives of the school children,” said Grootberg Primary School Assistant Principal Tommy Haxabeb.

Flip Stander of the Desert Lion Project said the effort and support provided by the CTF “will substantially assist in the conservation of desert lions”, and Jeff Muntefering of Save the Rhino Trust, thanked the CTF for its support in times of need, adding that The support received from the foundation “would greatly contribute to the success of the Rhino Ranger program.”

In a bid to ensure that all money raised by the CTF goes to the projects it supports, Ultimate Safaris provides free administrative and logistical support to the foundation.