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AardvarkAlice posted a topic in Lodge, camp and operator newsWin an incredible £8,000 five night safari for two to Botswana. All money raised will support rhinos, for Save the Rhino & Wilderness Wildlife Trust.Rhinos could face extinction within 10 years. A £20 raffle ticket will help raise money to relocate rhinos to safety as part of the cross border rhino translocation project. Enter charity safari raffle Donated by Aardvark Safaris and its partners in Botswana, all proceeds go directly to two charities. All money raised will support rhino conservation, being split between the Wilderness Wildlife Trust for the largest ever cross border translocation of critically endangered rhino from areas with a high risk of poaching to the safe haven of Botswana and Save the Rhino International to help their work. The winner will enjoy a 5-day luxury safari for two that explores game-packed destinations in Botswana helping to protect endangered species, including elephant, rhino and big cats. About Save the Rhino International Save the Rhino International works to conserve genetically viable populations of critically endangered rhinoceros species in the wild. We do this by fundraising for and making grants to rhino- and community-based conservation projects in Africa and Asia. UK Charity Registration No. 1035072 About Wilderness Wildlife Trust The Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project is a true success story: Collaborative conservation efforts between Wilderness Safaris, Wilderness Wilderness Trust, Botswana’s Department of Wildlife (DWNP) and the Botswana Government have realised a dream with the successful reintroduction of black and white rhino into the wilds of the Okavango Delta. Enter rhino charity raffle to win a safari
Children in the Wilderness (CITW) has partnered with professional soccer player, Gordon Gilbert to launch Soccer in the Wilderness – an inspirational programme combining the fun of sport with education to raise environmental awareness in local communities in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Gordon has played professionally for Kaizer Chiefs, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Moroka Swallows, to name a few, and is a wildlife enthusiast committed to making a difference. From 5 to 9 November 2013, the inaugural Soccer in the Wilderness clinics took place at Sinde Football Club, Twabuka Middle School and with Wilderness Safaris’ staff at Toka Leya Camp in Zambia and Jabulani Primary School in Zimbabwe.
PersonalPangea posted a topic in Lodge, camp and operator newsGreat Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp wins the coveted Relais & Châteaux Environment Trophy 2014 for its deep commitment to sustainable operations. This coming in its first year of membership of the association. Collecting the trophy from sponsor, Mme. Giraudi of Orlane Paris, were founders and creators of Zarafa Camp and Great Plains Conservation, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. “In the creation of Zarafa Camp, Dereck has respected and preserved the natural state of an immense wildlife reservoir in the depths of Botswana. The property is completely self–sustaining thanks to 170 solar panels, recycled woods, a biogas plant and extensive and innovative grey water recycling. It is definitely a daily challenge but a great success story!” says Relais & Châteaux. “Great Plains Conservation has taken special measures to comply with environmental protection, concrete engagement in the field of sustainable development and positive relationships with clients.” Chosen from Relais & Châteaux’s entire hotel line–up of 465 properties in 50 countries, Zarafa Camp was a standout winner for the Environment Trophy. Described as follows by Relais & Châteaux: “Zarafa [Camp] is in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana, and is a very low environmental impact camp with unique luxury facilities. With just four huge 110 square metre tents, the Relais & Châteaux board was captivated the minute they walked in. Sustainable building materials and ecological operations combine with authentic period furniture to create a discerning safari ambience and refinement, set in a private Reserve with thousands of elephants, buffalo and hippo, with prides of lions, leopards and rare wild dogs. This paradise is second–to–none. Guests can choose from day and night game drives, catch–and–release fly fishing, use of the pontoon boat, canoeing and walking safaris.” On receiving the award Dereck Joubert said “This is a great honour. Relais and Châteaux is well known for excellence in fine cuisine and the art of fine hosting, but with 7 billion people in the world we also need to be paying attention to the art of fine living...carefully, sustainably. Zarafa is an example of that environmentally sustainability. This award from Relais shows also that the association does take sustainability and the environment seriously.” Dereck added later "'Green’ or ‘environmental’ is often associated with home made or somehow lesser, not ultimate luxury. The Zarafa experience defies that and getting this award from the most prestigious and recognized brands in the luxury accommodation market in the world shows that you can be both, high end and sustainable.” “Great Plains Conservation wants to further the conversation among all the master chefs and hotel owners about menu choices; what fish and meats are okay to serve, no matter how delicious, and that population status of those species, and region are as important to discerning customers today.” As Great Plains Conservation and Relais & Châteaux move forward together, each will continue to harmonise environmentally friendly experiences with the finest hospitality. Great Plains Conservation stewards over one million acres of extraordinary conservation land in Kenya and Botswana, and its Relais & Châteaux properties embody the heart and soul of its destinations. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information. Best regards, Alex Walters Great Plains Conservation Mobile +44 75544 31638 Skype personal.pangea, Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.greatplainsconservation.com
Roxanne posted a topic in Safaritalk DebatesI've recently seen that Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is going to be hosting a cycle race in Oct/Nov this year. See more about it on Namibia Wildlife Resorts' website http://ow.ly/d4wZE . I've also heard rumours that a similar cycle race is on the cards at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. I'd be interested to know other members' point of view about whether or not this a good idea. Presumably, it's a good idea from a marketing perspective otherwise management wouldn't be doing it. But what about from an environmental and conservation perspective? Am I being too rigid in thinking that national parks are there for primarily conservation reasons? What effect would such a race have on nesting birds, on plant ecosystems, on animals? How long will it take for the cycle tracks made by such an event to disappear? What will the environmental cost be of greater traffic in the park not only the cyclists, but the vehicles of organisers, family/friends/supporters, supplier trucks, etc? Please share your thoughts. And of course if there are any conservationists or environmental gurus out there who think my concerns are rubbish, I'd be thrilled to be put right on this issue.