In return, we open up a range of services to our Activists to help them support Africa through their travel and philanthropy. These include a host of special travel, consultancy, and fund management opportunities, and are supported by the wider skillset and knowhow of the Africa House Group, to which Journeys by Design, Wild Philanthropy, and our local eco-business development vehicle Tekula Capital all belong. As far as we are aware, there is currently no service that offers this level of differentiated benefits, which are designed specifically for travellers dedicated to affecting social and environmental change.
Special Access Opportunities
A cornerstone benefit to joining the Activist programme is complementary access to our full portfolio of RARE special access travel opportunities, to our philanthropic advisory services, and to our conservation fund management services.
The RARE adventure
Activist travel opportunities are not available through standard channels. Authentic and original travel experiences, they’re largely off-google, far away from the madding crowd, and are extremely difficult to replicate. Compiled over years of searching, our portfolio of over 50 RARE experiences is carefully guarded. By their nature either broadly or completely off-google, we do not publish them on our site or elsewhere in order to preserve the uniqueness and value of the knowledge and the experience. As a taster, however, examples of that travel could include:
The rock art of Ennedi
For those interested in the origins of man’s capacity for imagining our place in the world, a trip in search of undiscovered rock art in the Ennedi Desert of northern Chad is hosted by Trust for African Rock Art’s David Coulson, and includes time with the African Parks team in Zakouma National Park.
Miles off with the Mursi
The anthropologist Will Hurd hosts walking safaris in Ethiopia’s Mursi Mountains, where travellers explore community conservation opportunities with the Ethiopian Investment Bureau, and go in search of the last giraffe on Tama Plains Reserve.
Gorillas in the west
For those especially interested in primate conservation, journeying into Central Africa’s Dzangha-Sangha and Nouabale-Ndoki National Parks with hosts the Congo Conservation Company represents rare access to work done with and for the western lowland gorilla.
For an example of a RARE itinerary, please see Off the Map, which sees Will Jones guide the Financial Times’s Catherine Fairweather and photographer Don McCullin to stay with the nomadic Rashaida on Eritrea’s Red Sea Coast.