Safaris in Africa are today more than a chance to have thrilling encounters with wildlife and enjoy the natural sceneries in various location, but a stepping stone to positively impacting the globe. It is no secret that as the world has become more technology-oriented and industrialization become the norm, more human activities have resulted in the disruption of the natural eco-system. The result has been the necessity of proactive measures for the sustainability of natural areas which continue to give wildlife, the freedom to live undisturbed. This is a call which cannot be left in the hands of a few people and requires collective effort with adventure seekers having the chance to be part of this remarkable movement.
The rise of eco-tourism in Africa and eco-friendly safaris has made it possible for everyone to be part of the endeavors to conserve the environment and sustain the well-being of the local communities. Apart from taking into account conservation measures and the local communities, education is also the main component of these special tour packages. East Africa has not been left behind in these great initiatives and is a pace-setter when it comes to the good practices of conservancy measures and protection of endangered wildlife.
There are several factors that must be taken into account for anyone that wants to fully embrace eco travel as it is more than a set of principles but a system of operations. The first factor that must be taken into account when looking for a safari company that adheres to these measures is their efforts towards conservation. This must be reflected in their efforts to use sustainable energy in their camps in a bid to limit the use of fossil fuels, reducing general waste such as restricting the use of plastics and recycling water used in the camps.
Leading companies that value eco-tourism will also have in place measures to promote valuable education and have a touch with the local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict. These efforts are never in vain as it results in innovation and collaboration with the locals, which transforms the entire scenario. In East Africa, there are several places one could visit as part of their eco travel, but the following are the leading spots by all evaluations;
- Ol Pejeta Conservancy
This is home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos after the passing of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, in 2018. It is, therefore, a once in a lifetime opportunity to have an encounter with this rare species of rhinos which are not found in any other location globally. The conservancy is not all about the northern white rhinos but is home to many other vulnerable species.
- Matemwe and Mnarani Turtle Conservation Center
Human activities are not limited to the land, and in the sea, it has resulted in interference of several creatures, especially the vulnerable turtles. Matemwe and Mnarani Turtle Conservation Center have taken the initiative of protecting these sea creatures through collaboration with the local fishermen. Injured turtles and those that are trapped in fishermen nets are taken to these centers where they are taken care of by professionals.