CONSERVATION

ESCAPE SAFARI CO.

CONSERVATION

 

Safari and eco-tourism have seen a broad shift towards low-impact development, environmentally-friendly and conscious safari travel. At Escape Safari Co. we feel it is our responsibility to uphold this notion and only travel to lodges where the ecological footprint is kept to a bare minimum. This means that we strive to interact ethically with local communities in order to have a positive impact on local economies and wildlife.

 

Escape Safari Co. will continue to maintain a high ethical stance and support conservation efforts and community initiatives. We are committed to ensuring that our guests enjoy the most wonderful safari experiences, with complete belief that they are also contributing to wildlife preservation and building communities. We are selling more than just a holiday. We’re selling a lifestyle choice built on the values we stand by.​

TRACKER ACADEMY

 

Escape Safari Co. supports the Tracker Academy by sponsoring a student each year on their yearlong intensive tracker training programme. The Tracker Academy is a training division of the SA College for Tourism based in Graaff-Reinet, which is chaired by Mrs Gaynor Rupert and operates under the auspices of Peace Parks Foundation. 

 

The Tracker Academy trains unemployed rural people in traditional skills of wildlife tracking for employment in the ecotourism, anti-poaching, and wildlife monitoring sectors of the conservation industry. The Academy trains 24 tracker students per annum at its three training sites: Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape Karoo, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in the Northern Cape and Londolozi Game Reserve in the Sabie Sands, Mpumalanga.

 

The Tracker Academy is the only formally accredited tracker training school in South Africa, enjoying both accreditations by the SETA (Sector Education Training Authority) as well as endorsement by FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa). Since 2010, Tracker Academy has trained 150 professional trackers of which 94% are currently employed in the conservation industry - an exceptional deployment success rate!

 

The Academy has also assisted ecotourism projects internationally, in Brazil, Malawi, Botswana, and Rwanda, with its tracker graduates habituating leopards and jaguars in those countries.

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