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New Private Safari Experience Helps Fund Elephant Conservation Initiative in Africa

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Going on safari is a bucket list trip. But Wilderness Safaris is making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience by letting a select few guests be hands-on with elephant conservation.

In honor of the spring 2021 opening of DumaTau and Little DumaTau, the luxury company and their private travel concierge, Ukama, created a new private travel itinerary. Four guests will spend time with the elephant researcher and take a helicopter ride to visit the Eco-Exist research base. You will meet the local Kgosi (chief) and help install a water hand-pump in the community. Plus, the trip proceeds go towards Wilderness Safaris’ elephant collaring initiatives and borehole development in Botswana.

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Together Eco-Exist and Wilderness Safaris plans to collar 10 elephants in 2021 to learn about their movement patterns. This insight will help identify potential elephant hot spots to reduce human-wildlife conflict and ultimately allow free movement of elephants between Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Angola.

“The entire value generated by this trip will be used to cover the costs of the collaring operation—veterinarians, helicopter time, capture drugs, etc.—as well as the installation of a borehole pump in a nearby community that will reduce their need to travel long distances for water,” Kim Nixon, Wilderness Safaris Botswana MD, told Departures in a statement.”Guests will also have the opportunity to assist with research and tracking of the newly collared elephants.”

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Of course, you’ll get the luxury safari experience, too. The six-night trip includes stays at the ultra-luxe Vumbura Plains and the new DumaTau and Little DumaTau in Linyanti.

The unique offering is only available to four guests and starts at $25,000. But all the proceeds go directly back to Wilderness Wildlife Trust to support the initiative, and you get to be a part of making a significant environmental impact.

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