Responsible Tourism

We believe that Responsible Tourism can help to halt the decline of wildlife species which is causing such concern these days.

By choosing the right safari, visitors can support conservation which helps to pay for preserving wildlife habitat and generates incomes for local communities!

Your choice can really make a difference...

There has been much in the international media lately about recent declines in wildlife populations worldwide, especially in Africa. For example, the latest census on Africa's elephants shows that nearly a third of all the elephants in Africa were killed in the last 7 years.

Numbers of many of the world's most endangered species continue to fall and in spite of desperate efforts being made to avoid this, the total extinction of highly threatened animals such as rhinos becomes more and more likely.

A recent article published by Joseph Ogutu (University of Hohenheim) describes what happens when an area of wildlife rangeland goes through major changes in ownership and land use. His study looks at the impact of land fragmentation in the Athi-Kaputiei eco-system which lies to the south of Nairobi. Read the full article in our latest blog.

Kenya's Conservancies: supporting wildlife and local people

However, there is some good news as there are positive developments in Kenya which are now improving the situation for wildlife there. Conservationists are now recognising the recent successes and future importance of Kenya's wildlife conservancies which are being set up on lands beyond the existing parks and reserves.

The development of wildlife conservancies has expanded the area of protected habitat for wildlife which has increased populations of wild animals as well as bio-diversity within the conservancy lands.

Also, since the land is leased from local communities and new jobs are created, conservancies bring direct economic benefits to developing areas, increasing standards of living and future prospects for the local people.

Some fascinating research into wildlife movements and behaviour (using GPS tracking) has proved that wildlife feels safe within the boundaries of the conservancies. Elephants, lions and cheetahs are among the many varied species that are taking advantage of the peaceful, exclusive areas of wilderness beyond the busy National Parks and Reserves.

Gamewatchers Safaris was one of the pioneers in working with local communities to establish conservancies and it is gratifying to see that the "conservancy concept" is now recognised as one of the ways in which wildlife can be protected in Kenya.