As a proud and longstanding partner of Virtuoso, Wilderness Safaris remains dedicated to its on-site status for both Botswana and Namibia. This is particularly exciting for the company as it looks forward for expansion in Botswana – with the imminent opening of Qorokwe Camp in December 2017 and the new Mombo reopening at the end of February 2018 – as well as Serra Cafema Camp reopening in Namibia mid-2018.
The new Serra Cafema Camp will celebrate the local Himba culture; Qorokwe means “the place where the buffalo broke through the bush into the water” and offers a spectacular and highly productive mix of fertile Okavango habitats; the new Mombo and Little Mombo camps will remain committed to operating with as light an eco-footprint as possible
“Wilderness Safaris has been a committed partner of Virtuoso for many years and would like to reassure all our valued partners that we remain dedicated to our on-site status for both Botswana and Namibia. Although we have not renewed our on-site status for South Africa, we still offer full DMC services in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe”, said Craig Glatthaar, Wilderness Safaris Business Unit Manager.
Wilderness Safaris’ growth in Africa now sees the company operating in eight countries, not only in southern Africa but also in Rwanda with the recent exciting opening of Bisate Lodge near Volcanoes National Park in June this year. Wilderness Safaris now operates and markets lodges and ground-handling services in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“As we near our 35th birthday, we are also extremely proud to remain committed to our core vision and purpose: being dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife by creating life-changing journeys and inspiring positive action. We are constantly looking for ways to build further sustainable conservation economies in Africa and could not do this without the support of our partners. We are therefore looking forward to continue working closely with Virtuoso to ensure that we can collectively make the most impactful and sustainable difference to this incredible continent”, Glatthaar added.
In FY2017, the Wilderness Group spent P10 million directly on biodiversity conservation and participated in 52 active research and conservation projects across seven countries in partnership with the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. Together with Children in the Wilderness (CITW), 2 706 children were supported in Eco-Clubs and 427 children were hosted on 17 annual CITW camps. The company also continued to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, further investing in solar energy with 11 Wilderness Safaris camps now operating 100% on solar power.