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Sustainability
and Responsible Travel

Giving back with “Ubuntu for Change”

At Safari365, we believe that giving back to the communities in which we operate, while also promoting wildlife conservation, are essential parts of responsible and sustainable travel.

We are committed to this cause and, for that reason, started the “Ubuntu for Change” initiative in 2016.

Ubuntu, a Xhosa word meaning “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity,” is the cornerstone of this cause.

Our aim remains to support a variety of charitable causes, including education, health, and social welfare programmes, as well as conservation and wildlife protection initiatives. We work closely with our local partners to identify organisations that are making a positive impact in the communities and places we visit, and we make donations and contributions to support their work.

Seedballs Kenya

Seedballs Kenya innovates in reforesting degraded African areas with their low-cost, efficient seedballs. These easily dispersed seedballs contain indigenous seeds from the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), unaltered and natural, aiding reforestation in hard-to-reach regions.

 

This method, which nurtures stronger roots and trees, focuses on rehabilitating lands heavily affected by human activities, enabling the natural reintroduction of native tree species.

 

This initiative is the brainchild of Teddy Kinyanjui, a Kenyan native deeply involved in conservation and forest regeneration across Kenya, and a joint collaboration with Elsen Karstad, a Canadian national and long-term Kenyan resident. Karstad’s passion for ecology, combined with his expertise in engineering and sales, played a pivotal role in creating Seedballs. Since its inception in 2016, Seedballs Kenya has distributed over 37,950,000 seedballs and counting.

Eco-Children

Eco Children, a non-profit organisation initiated by Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, focuses on hands-on environmental education and enhancing school development.

Operating in the northeastern provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in South Africa, the organisation combats significant social and environmental challenges in these areas. Their mission is to cultivate environmental awareness and uplift educational environments, aiming to boost the environmental understanding of local youth. This effort is key to advancing conservation and bolstering economic development in South Africa.

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Uplifting Communities with GCU

In 2023, our focus was on the development of youth in impoverished communities. Therefore, we partnered with Great Commission United to help transform the lives of youth in both urban and rural areas.

Initiated by its founder, Mario van Niekerk, this NPO is uplifting youth in the Heideveld community. The organisation runs in-school and after-school programmes, encompassing literacy and education, sports education, youth employment and empowerment, community development, and feeding schemes. These collectively contribute to the development of the 8 schools they support, and in turn, benefit the community as a whole.

Feeding the Less Fortunate with Ladles of Love

At Safari365, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate. In 2022, we were proud to donate 1,200 meals to Ladles of Love, a Cape Town-based organisation dedicated to feeding the hungry and providing healthy food through a network of non-profit organisations.

Founded by Danny, Ladles of Love began as a small soup kitchen serving soup to the homeless once a week on St. Georges Mall. Today, the organisation serves hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and families from depots throughout the Western Cape and Gauteng regions.

We are honoured to have supported the efforts of Ladles of Love and their mission of creating a better world for all. Our donation is just one small step in our ongoing commitment to giving back to the community and making a positive impact in the lives of those in need.

Helping Africa’s Wildlife With The Tourism Conservation Fund

We are committed to promoting conservation and protecting South Africa’s wildlife and biodiversity. That’s why we are proud to support the Tourism Conservation Fund, a non-profit organisation established by the Peace Parks Foundation and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association in 2018.

The Fund aims to build a more inclusive wildlife economy by investing in communities adjacent to conservation areas, many of which have been historically excluded from economic development. By creating sustainable businesses and jobs rooted in the wildlife-tourism economy, the Tourism Conservation Fund works to preserve South Africa’s wildlife and promote biodiversity.

As a tour operator, we understand that responsible travel and conservation go hand in hand and are very pleased to support this initiative.

Keeping The Homeless Warm WIth Street Sleeper

We’re proud to announce that we donated 500 vinyl sleeping bags to Street Sleeper, an organisation dedicated to providing support for the homeless community.

Street Sleeper was founded to assist homeless communities. The innovative concept of creating a sturdy and sustainably sourced urban survival sleeping bag, designed to last a long time, withstand the elements, and double as a daytime pack that homeless people could use to carry their belongings, inspired us to support this initiative.

Street Sleeper’s mission is to provide practical, sustainable, and dignified solutions to homelessness, and we are proud to support their efforts. We hope that our donation will make a difference in the lives of the homeless community, and we encourage others to support the cause as well.