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Wilderness Safaris Botswana – Pioneering Sustainable Ecotourism Since 1983By Sibahle Mncwango, Wilderness Safaris
A pioneering ecotourism company proudly founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris is dedicated to the conservation of the breathtaking biodiversity of the Okavango Delta, Linyanti Wildlife Reserve and Central Kalahari Game Reserve, while empowering local communities at the same time. Beyond the countless life-changing experiences it offers guests, Wilderness Safaris continues to have a significant and meaningful positive impact on the local and national economy.
Here are a few facts on how Wilderness Safaris Botswana positively impacts the country, its people and its wildlife:
- Owns and manages 21 world-renowned safari camps, which help to conserve 622 300 hectares of remote wilderness areas and 20 Vulnerable and Endangered species.
- Since the company started rolling out its investment into 100% solar camps in 2012, approximately 2 105 736 litres of diesel, which would have been used in the generation of power, has been saved.
- Wilderness Safaris Botswana directly supports a number of communities through high-end ecotourism.
- Since 2016, it has contributed USD2 767 000 in lease fees to communities and USD1 151 000 in park fees, permits licenses and levies paid to government.
- Supports ongoing conservation projects in close partnership with its non-profit partner, Wilderness Wildlife Trust. Over USD2.6 million has been spent on conservation projects since 2014.
- USD50 000 spent on a rhino darting operation that took place in June 2019 with Department of Wildlife and National Parks and Rhino Conservation Botswana.
- Over 33.6 hours spent on Anti-poaching Surveillance Flights in the past year across the Linyanti, Vumbura and Mombo concessions, contributing USD19 304.
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