Booking a safari with AAC is more than just game viewing; there is purpose to making a difference! We are very involved in many African communities, giving back to conservation projects, and supporting guides at grass roots level. As tourists to Africa often feel a strong connection to the people and places they visit, we aim to act as a “connector” to a project, helping people to find each other to make a positive difference in education, conservation and cultural exchange.
We know these projects are small efforts, but they can make a big impact one project-one person at a time. Our tours incorporate visiting these projects, and your donation associated with taking the trip, helps support the communities and conservation projects. These are meaningful exchanges with the local people, participating with a purpose to donate time, skills and donations to leave a lasting impression.
We have several Responsible VolunTourism initiatives where you can stay in camps that are supporting local conservation efforts including Ndarakwai in Tanzania, Vundu and Amalinda in Zimbabwe, Kiwanjani Eco-Lodge in Kenya, Desert Rhino in Namibia, and Mashatu in Botswana. During your stay you may give your time to help with monitoring elephant, wild dog, rhino or lion for data collection. There are so many other properties that we can include on a tour starting with those that are listed on our website on About Us/Supporting Africa. For clarification, VolunTourism implies that there is a tourism element combined with a traditional trip. A volunteer trip is where volunteer work is the focal point, not tourism activities.
At the community level we assist students’ education as it is our hope they will be able to go onto a career in the wildlife, conservation or tourism field. This is mainly assisting with sponsorship of school children in areas near National Parks including Matobo Hills and Mother Africa, Hwange, Tsavo and Tarangire. Also in towns like Arusha and Victoria Falls, and the city of Cape Town.
As a commitment to sustainable photographic tourism, we are major supporters of Wilderness Safaris portfolio of camps in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Beyond the outstanding safari experience they deliver, we know that for every bed night we book with them, a portion of the price goes towards all the projects within their Wilderness Wildlife Trust.
This Republic of the Congo adventure is about viewing the Western Lowland Gorilla as well as other lowland rainforest mammals. Of the three primary national parks, Odzala-Kokoua and Nouabale-Ndoki in the north and Conkouati-Douli in the south along the coast, you will stay in two camps located in the heart of Odzala. The parks provide shelter for dozens of primate and duiker species, as well as large forest mega fauna such as the Western Lowland Gorillas, forest elephant, forest buffalo, lowland bongo, leopard and spotted hyena. Departures in 2013 - Thursday once a week. Starting Jul 25 through Dec 19
We have been supporting the Children in the Wilderness Community project for over 8 years where you are based outside Hwange National Park at Ziga School, Zimbabwe. Your time is spent assisting in the classroom teaching English, enhancing the computer curriculum, and helping with school projects like building education & health facilities in and around the local community. A perfect place to spend a few days volunteering with family and friends. The goal is to work with education in the community projects,that work hand in hand to preserve this unprotected area of Hwange as a vital wildlife eco-system. This is for the long term goal of aiding sustainable eco-tourism.
Spend eight days in Mana Pools participating with the Bushlife Conservancy who directly make a difference with local conservation and anti-poaching teams in the park. Donating your days, you will participate in tracking rare wild dog and record elephant sightings. Supporting their ongoing work with the Painted Dog Research Progam, you will contribute to raising awareness of a fascinating ecosystem and see firsthand for yourself the importance of conservation.
On our Mother Africa Voluntourism trip to Zimbabwe, you will spend 8 days on this project which arises from the truly magnificent ecological surroundings. The community project will be spent helping out in the villages, schools and orphanage near Matobo Hills, Bulawayo. Zimbabwe is also a country rich in wildlife and a further few days will be spent in the conservation field of Hwange National Park.
Experience 8 days at Ndarakwai where you can actively participate in voluntourism projects like assisting teachers with reading and writing skills in the classrooms, building projects at Masai schools, assisting in anti-poaching support, weeding out invasive non-indigenous plants and environmental related activities with elephant. Ndarakwai is located in the foothills of Kilimanjaro.