African Travel, Inc. (ATI), a luxury safari company, is launching 95 new 'MAKE TRAVEL MATTER' experiences in 2024 across Africa. These trips are part of ATI's commitment to sustainable tourism and will support wildlife and community projects. Two standout experiences are the Vultures Breeding Program in South Africa's Shamwari Reserve and the Cheetah Conservation effort in Namibia.
African Travel, Inc. Introduces New Wildlife Conservation Tours in Africa for 2024
African Travel, Inc. (ATI) has recently announced that it will include 95 'MAKE TRAVEL MATTER' experiences in its 2024 travel packages across Africa. This move aims to make sure that tourists visiting Africa have a positive impact on the wildlife and local communities. These experiences are designed to support the United Nations' sustainability development goals.
Sherwin Banda, the President of ATI, expressed excitement about exceeding their 2025 goal by offering these experiences a year early. According to Travel Pulse, these trips are not just about seeing Africa's natural beauty but also about contributing to wildlife conservation and supporting local communities. ATI's collaboration with the TreadRight Foundation enhances their efforts in wildlife protection.
One of the key experiences is the Vultures Breeding Program at the Shamwari Reserve in South Africa. Here, tourists can visit the Shamwari Private Game Reserve, known for its successful conservation initiatives. This program, which started on January 23, 2024, in partnership with Vulpro, aims to protect African vultures facing a serious decline in numbers.
Another highlight is the Cheetah Conservation in Namibia, part of a 10-day luxury train journey. Guests will travel on the Rovos Rail, enjoying beautiful landscapes and viewing wildlife, including stopping at the Cheetah Conservation Fund's Research and Education Centre. This organization works to save cheetahs and their ecosystems, addressing the dramatic decrease in their population.
These experiences by ATI not only offer a unique way to explore Africa but also allow travelers to contribute positively to the continent's wildlife conservation and community development.
Africa Sees More Tourists, Fights Crime Concerns with New Measures
Africa is welcoming more international visitors this year, with a notable increase in tourists from the United States. South Africa, in particular, has seen about 7.6 million foreign visitors from January to November. Skift revealed that it is still 17% lower than the 10.2 million who visited in 2019, but the numbers are growing. The U.S. alone sent 370,500 travelers, marking a 42% jump from last year.
South Africa's government is taking big steps to ensure these tourists stay safe. They plan to have 2,300 tourism monitors in places like parks and popular attractions. These monitors will work alongside regular police to protect visitors.
Travel from other African countries is the biggest reason for the increase in tourism. 5.8 million African travelers visited South Africa, 76% more than last year. However, visits from Asia are still low.
Despite these positive trends, there are worries about crime. To address this, Cape Town and Johannesburg are boosting their security efforts. They are adding more safety staff and creating special programs to help tourists stay safe.
South Africa also uses famous people like comedian Trevor Noah in their ads to attract more visitors. Plus, they have a new safety app for tourists, linking them to help if needed. All these efforts show how Africa is working hard to grow its tourism and keep visitors safe.
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