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Wilderness Safaris Celebrates 30 Years of Changing LivesBy Wilderness Safaris
May 2013 marked Wilderness Safaris’ 30th anniversary as Africa’s leading ecotourism and conservation company. From humble beginnings, the company has grown considerably over the last 30 years, both in size and in its ability to positively impact Africa.
Wilderness Safaris registered as a Botswana company in 1983, offering mobile safaris to like-minded guests who were passionate about nature. It was the first safari outfitter to recognise the need for its financial benefits to flow back to the country and its people. This ground-breaking philosophy set Wilderness Safaris apart and developed its course for the next three decades.
Wilderness Safaris’ first two tented camps opened in the Okavango Delta in 1985. The 1990s brought renewed global focus on southern Africa as a luxury travel destination, and the company began to broaden its ecotourism footprint to neighbouring countries.
Today, Wilderness Safaris owns more than 60 camps in 9 African countries, all committed to its 4Cs philosophy (Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture). The extent of the organisation now enables it to provide funding and support to more than 50 conservation projects each year. Partnering with 19 different rural communities has impacted positively on 25 000 to 30 000 community members, while 500 rural children are hosted in safari camps each year as part of the Children in the Wilderness programme.
Wilderness Safaris would like to thank all those who have made this incredible 30-year journey possible. Together, they can continue to positively impact Africa, its wildlife, people and guests through responsible and visionary ecotourism.