African Portfolio works with safari camps and lodges that provide our clients with the highest level of wilderness experience possible. By definition these camps and lodges incorporate a sustainable conservation model for the surrounding reserve and the community.
At African Portfolio, we provide our clients with practical travel guidelines that also underscore the importance of low-impact travel. We stress that the countries they are visiting are not merely ‘photo opportunities’ but living cultures of both people and animals. We advise our clients to be mindful of their status as guests while visiting these countries. As a matter of course, and a matter of principle, we encourage our clients to gain an understanding of the people who live in Africa as well as the wildlife, for it is through mutual interaction, that genuine caring and learning is fostered. Our clients’ extraordinary feedback continually reinforces this policy, and many of our clients stay in touch with guides that they met in Africa while on one of our tours.
Our clients frequently become personally involved by making financial contributions to schools or other community projects operated by the camps at which they are staying. We remind them that by traveling to these countries, clients are supporting the tourism industry which is the mainstay of much of the economy and directly impacts many small communities; in some cases, opportunities exist for guests to become involved in community projects.
We keep abreast of our in-country operators by personally visiting them on an annual basis. Safari camps are constantly evolving and staying current on the camp experience allows us to provide our clients with up-to-the-minute firsthand knowledge of these camps. It also allows us to recommend the best combination of camps for each client, which we feel is one of our trademark strengths.
The safari guides we work with are extremely well-trained and knowledgeable, and the conservation and social perspectives they share with our clients are as valuable as the wildlife experience. Without exception, our clients return from Africa with their expectations surpassed; in most cases, people find that their experience was far more educational than they had expected, and that the depth of their learning far more significant than any other trip. This is the kind of experience we know is waiting for them. Our commitment is not just to the wildlife of Africa, but also to her people.