Sustainable Safaris and Ecotourism in Africa – Leaving a Legacy
Sustainable Safaris are an exciting new alternative for group / corporate getaways or for illustrious individuals to leave behind a legacy. By utilizing the powerful resource that companies bring to events in a more focused way, Hayward’s Grand Safari Events and Expeditions now offer corporations a sustainable safari that leaves behind a sustainable village – a real legacy that the company can incorporate into their social welfare programs at limited extra cost: Sustainable Safaris.
Conservation and Ecotourism are very important to us. As a result, all of our expeditions are:
- Small, intimate camps, with low densities of tourist vehicles, an emphasis on good nature guiding, large pristine wilderness areas and excellent wildlife;
- We work together with local communities to protect our wilderness areas and support rural livelihoods.
If one redirects the huge amount of finance companies are willing to spend on budgets to access “exotic” overnight destinations, and then add this budget to the money spent on prank-filled activities and no-point entertainment to spice the event up for the bored delegates, one has the makings and the budget available to kick start a remote village’s economy and still provide the participants with an authentic wildlife camp experience.
Ever since our launch in 1999, Hayward’s Grand Safari Events and Expeditions have been guiding our clients into the unique arena of Sustainable Safaris.
How Does a Sustainable Safari Work?
Once the client has quantified their event activity budget, we select a region for the safari event that takes into account the client’s budget and time restraints for their planned event. A base for the Hayward’s tented camp is identified nearby the selected village for the event. We then commence a delicate collaboration with the village/regional elders to propose a selection of vital projects that will create the ongoing finance needed to mobilize their micro economy.
A recent client of ours put aside their activities/entertainment budget, which was over a million rand, to rather bring life back into the educational facilities of the village outside Pilanesberg. Over and above the income they generated for the game park whilst encamped with us, they took time to ensure that their two hundred delegates would be getting involved in the lives of the villagers. It’s an outstanding way to involve the delegates and utilize their vast know-how, as by the time they arrive at their Hayward’s safari encamped on the outskirts of the village (normally in a game reserve or at our Safari Sanctuary in the heart of Dinokeng), the project is at a stage where their input becomes vital. It’s a flurry of activity as the teams go about completing the various projects necessary – from bricklaying to food gardens to fish farming, training centers and libraries. Everyone comes away a winner, making this the ultimate safari experience and in fact, brings us full circle back to the first safaris hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, where the cross Africa journey by robust beast and enquiring man was about bringing trade and interaction between tribes and stimulating the economy wherever they went.
Hayward’s certainly have the credibility and the capability of producing outstanding safari events – events that are not only historic but highly privileged for the participants, and which leave behind rare economic viability. What better activity for your next event or travel incentive than a project that revitalizes self respect and a legacy of hope and achievement for thousands of rural villagers?
Now that’s what we call a home grown product of dynamic potential!
Contact us to plan your Hayward’s Sustainable Safari®.