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