As a specialist tour company focusing on wildlife and wilderness we support a number of wildlife charities and research organizations around the world and choose local operators who have a strong ethical approach to conservation and give back to the community. We believe in low-volume, high-quality tourism, small group sizes, small lodges and camps and small ships, to minimize the impact on the environment. Tourism is essential for the preservation of the wilderness areas in developing countries in Africa, South America and other parts of the world. If the wildlife reserves do not pay their way they will cease to exist. Also the presence of travellers in an area can sometimes help to deter poaching from taking place. However, the negative effects of tourism should be minimized as much as possible by a sensitive and responsible approach to travel.
Over the years African Wildlife Safaris and Natural Focus have made significant contributions to conservation societies and research projects in the destinations we visit, through our policy of giving clients the opportunity to contribute $10 (or more) per person, which we then match dollar for dollar. No administration fee is charged by AWS/NFS so 100% of client contributions go to the nominated conservation society or research project. We favour private or small group touring, and small hotels and ships, which have less impact on the environment. Many of our programs include a number of eco lodges which are involved in conservation, research, and community projects, so your money goes directly towards these worthwhile causes.