Africa’s magnificent giraffe are an iconic symbol of the continent’s astounding wildlife, yet little is actually known about these gentle giants, and that has put them in peril. WildernessTravel is stepping up to help save the giraffe from extinction with a new world-exclusive one-departure conservation safari in 2017 that provides not thrilling safari experiences, but lets travelers play a part in saving this gentle giant from extinction by working with a researcher who is studying the giraffe.
On the 13-day Namibia: Giraffe Conservation and Safari, limited to just six people, participants will step into the heart of conservation in the country, traveling to a remote mobile camp to work with field biologists at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which operates the continent’s first ever long-term monitoring of the giraffe. Led by Dr. Julian Fennessy, Africa’s pre-eminent authority on giraffe conservation, travelers will each help put GPS radio collars on two giraffes after they are tranquilized.
On the giraffe conservation safari, not only will participants to get learn about efforts to save the giraffe, but they will also enjoy traditional safari experiences, including tracking cheetah on foot at AfriCat, the world’s largest big cat rehabilitation project, and searching for leopard on the great salt pans of Etosha National Park, a World Heritage site. Travelers will also meet with field staff at the Save the Rhino Trust, to which WildernessTravel has contributed a full mobile camp, adding to the front lines of the defense to stop poachers. Safari-goers also get to interact with the semi-nomadic Himba people, as well as track the endangered black rhino and follow the desert-adapted elephant.
In addition, a separate tax deductible fee is added to the cost of the trip, 100 percent of which goes directly to support giraffe conservation efforts in the country. Namibia: Giraffe Conservation and Safari departs July 7, 2017 and is priced at $6895 per person double occupancy.