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‘‘This is Real Travel, This is Expeditions for Change’’

JOURNEY TO NATURES EDGE

The Concept

These journeys are journeys with friends - experts in their fields - journeys of discovery, journeys of exploration for like-minds, to get back to what it was all about, what travel used to be, about slow travel, real travel, travel for knowledge, travel for education, travel for discovery. These journeys are not about luxury, about expectations or ‘sightings’ they are about turning the clocks back, taking stock of where we are, personally, individually, globally. These journeys are about Change, expeditions for change, where we support and explore specific projects on the ground, where funding goes directly to the root cause; these journeys are our Expeditions for Change.

The Aim

Over the next two years we aim to bring together creators, conservationists, partners and collaborators to tell a story through our Expeditions for Change. Collaboration is key; it’s something that is often overlooked, everyone normally ‘wants something’. In fact, as a company, we are often accused of not looking for the ‘commercials’ and maybe that is an error, we honestly do believe that if you do things for the right reasons, the rest takes care of itself. This belief is what this project hinges on, a gathering of like minds, friendly souls, to go out there and make a difference. The Journey to Nature’s Edge project starts with the climate crisis and our first Expedition for Change in Svalbard, in the frozen north, four of us. Photographers, creators, believers in trying to do something a little bit different. From there wildlife conservation in the wilds of Africa with African Parks Conservation, then rewilding in the heartland of Latin America, and finally human wildlife conflict in Asia. Through generosity of spirit we aim to open up the conversation and see where it takes us. Content is an easy word to evoke these days, but through collaboration with our partners, our sponsors, our contacts on the ground, these ‘fellows of their fields’, we hope to bring this work to the public eye, visually, audibly, written, with a direct impact into projects on the ground

The Circle Of Life By David Yarrow

The NWS Foundation


The NWS Foundation is founded on the principle of supporting grassroots projects throughout our natural world. Funds raised through sponsorship of the Journey to Nature’s Edge Project in specific will be injected into the individual Expeditions for Change and the projects that they support. Four key areas will be focused on including climate change, polar bears international and the Hearts in the Ice, wildlife conservation in collaboration with African Parks Conservation in Rwanda, rewilding in the wilds of Patagonia, and human wildlife conflict in Asia.

The Focus

Svalbard & the Arctic North - Climate

A focus on climate issues and the frozen north - Travelling 50kms north of Longyearbyen (one of the northern most settlements of the Arctic) on skidoo to the outpost of Isfjord Radio Station and then spending 4 nights aboard the small expedition ship Kinfish to push even further north. Funds and focus will be on two principal organisations, Polar Bears International and supporting the costs of polar bear den monitoring sites for research, and Hearts in the Ice, a conservation outfit focussed on driving action and promoting engagement in the climate change conversation.

Africa - Wildlife Conservation

A focus on wildlife conservation working with African Parks Conservation behind the scenes on wildlife tagging projects. Funds will go directly into the project facilitating its implementation on the ground with a direct impact into wildlife conservation.

Latin America - Patagonia – Rewilding

A focus on rewilding within Patagonia with funding going directly into projects on the ground to assist in the implementation and protection of the wilds of Patagonia.

Asia – Human Wildlife Conflict

A focus on human wildlife conflict issues in Asia. Principal focus will be on two areas - Seratu Aatai which concentrates on human-elephant conflict, and BORA which is dedicated to the prevention of extinction of wild animals in Malaysia and ecosystem restoration.

Gold By David Yarrow

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Svalbard & the Arctic North: The Journey

Throughout our journey our focus will be meeting and engaging with our contacts on the ground including Polar Bears International, and the Hearts in the Ice Initiative, in order to explore and understand the grassroots issues that this polar archipelago faces in the modern world. Our Arctic adventure starts in the small Norwegiantown of Longyearbyen. We will get on our snowmobiles and head out to the wilderness towards KappLine and Isfjord Radio. We’ll spend the day snowmobiling through the vast white landscape, making plenty of stops to take in the beautiful surroundings and have a chance to witness Arctic wildlife in the remote Svalbard wilderness. Arrive at Isfjord Radio, a remote boutique hotel and the last frontier accommodation before Greenland. These days are spent exploring the beautiful landscape of Spitsbergen. The guides will choose the route depending on the weather and snow conditions. There’s an opportunity to head toward Fritjovsbreen and Van Mijenfjorden glaciers, driving through wide valleys, past vast mountain ranges, over glaciers, taking in the remote wilderness and experience true Arctic silence once everyone’s turned off their snowmobiles. In the morning it’s time to jump onto your snowmobile and head back to Longyearbyen, where we will board our ship, Kinfish, late afternoon and head out into the fjords. We’ll spend the next three days exploring the Svalbard Archipelago, seeking out encounters with Arctic wildlife and experiencing the pristine icy wonderland with snow covering most of the land, and ice as far as the eye can see. We’ll visit iceberg-filled fjords framed by breath- taking mountains; sail past gigantic glaciers crashing into the icy seas and witness the beautiful sunsets that streak across the skies, lighting up the ice with glowing pinks and purples. We’ll also seek out colonies of walrus lounging on ice floes, watch for a glimpse of the white Arctic foxes as they hunt along the shores, take to the zodiacs to explore the ice and we may even sight a Polar bear as they emerge from their dens as Svalbard begins to come to life after a long winter.

Rwanda

Natural World Safaris in partnership with African Parks is pleased to offer a hands - on, truly extraordinary conservation safari.

The Aim

A focus on wildlife conservation working with African Parks Conservation behind the scenes on wildlife tagging projects. Funds will go directly into the project facilitating its implementation on the ground with a direct impact into wildlife conservation. During this adventure we will be darting and tagging various species found within Akagera National Park as well as rhino. The target species are white and black rhino, elephants, and lions. This will be subject to several factors to include animal movements, weather conditions and accessibility within the bush. Long days, and for certain animals like lions, evenings out in the bush should be expected.

Hands on

Catching wildlife in Akagera is challenging and requires careful coordination of an aerial darting team and a ground-based support team. During this unique safari, you will be part of the ground team. Once the animal has been darted and is down, and it is safe for the ground team, we will move in on foot and you will be able to get involved with monitoring the anaesthetic, pumping the legs, ensuring the wildlife stays cool, and asking questions. You will also be involved in the recording of key data, taking measurements, and collecting samples.

Explore the park

During your darting safari, there will also be down time to experience other activities in Akagera. You will be able to go on a night drive, explore the lakes with a boat ride, and track the white rhinos. You will also get a chance to learn more about the work African Parks does in Akagera with a behind the scenes tour and see some of the ongoing community work, if desired.

Kindly Note...

The safety of the teams working and the animals are always the priority. Though we aim to get participants involved as much as possible, the challenges of working in a landscape such as Akagera might limit participation in certain scenarios. Darting any animal can be very fast paced but can also require a lot of waiting as the aerial team locates the right individual

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African Parks is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that focusses on conservation in Africa by taking on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. Natural World Safaris are proud to continue as one of four founding industry partners with African Parks. Through bespoke travel opportunities as Journey to Nature’s Edge, African Parks are able to share what they do and allow philanthropic travellers to experience a behind-the-scenes view of the challenges of protected areas management. Together we are committed to advancing African Parks’ conservation work and engaging travellers in the NGO’s public-private-partnership model.

Latin America - Patagonia – Rewilding