World Travel Award nominations for African Encounter

World Travel Awards

We are delighted to have been nominated in 2 categories in this year’s World Travel Awards! WTA, hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “ the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s” acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

African Encounter has been nominated in the following categories

2012 Africa’s Leading Conservation Company

2012 Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company

African Encounter is a network of responsible tourism organisations and we’d like to briefly share with you the top achievements of these units in 2012, showing our commitment to conservation and community development and encouraging responsible travel across Southern & East Africa:

ACTS (African Christian Tours & Safaris): facilitates over 3,000 Christian volunteers annually in the form of providing logistics for mission teams and supporting ministries by offering individual volunteer placements

African Impact: to date in 2012 have hosted 1,572 volunteers across 67 programmes in 13 African countries, offering approximately 209,828 hours of service to community and conservation efforts

ALERT: signed a memorandum of understanding with government of Republic of Burundi to jointly manage 5 protected areas within the country. Part of the agreement includes the reintroduction of lions to the country

Antelope Park: the home to African Impact and ALERT (and indeed African Encounter), our responsible tourism ethos continues through these organisations, including the creation of jobs within the local community. Through our volunteer eco-tourists we continue to make important strides in conservation and community development including the building of a classroom block at a local Gweru school. Antelope Park is also home to Ngamo, our hugely successful stage 2 lion release site

Brackenhurst Conference Centre: has reforested over 20 acres of its property, and is in the process of doubling this amount. This project is protecting the Tigoni River watershed, preserving hundreds of species of trees and other flora thus increasing the number of resident bird species from 40 – 160

Cricket Tours Africa: arranged all logistics for Zimbabwe cricket tour by the Kenyan National Team and look forward to welcoming gap year travellers who will gain certification in aspects of cricket training while making a meaningful impact through sports to local kids in the communities they visit during their time in Africa

Educational Tours Africa: committed to supporting sustainable community initiatives through service learning opportunities available to travellers

Encounter Mara: Encounter Mara is committed to paying for one full day of a student’s tuition at the Koiyaki Guiding School for every guest that stays with us. This pledge enables local Maasai to be trained as professional guides and thus far we have been able to sponsor an entire year’s tuition for one student. Further, for every night a guest stays at Encounter Mara, one indigenous tree is planted in a managed forest in Limuru. To date, in conjunction with the Plants for Life initiative we have planted a total of 1029 trees, helping to re-forest the highlands area outside Nairobi

Lion Encounter: every guest who joins us on a lion walk is educated about the current challenges facing Africa’s lions, ensuring awareness and essential funds needed to develop the lion rehabilitation & release into the wild programme are secured. That’s a lot of education, not to mention our active conservation education lessons with local school kids near our bases in Livingstone and Victoria Falls! Already in 2012 our volunteers have helped to clear over 350 snares in the parks we work in, and in Livingstone, we partnered with South African-based NGO, Greenpop, to plant over 800 trees in 3 weeks in a reforestation campaign

The Happy Africa Foundation: through funds generated by our generous donors, the Foundation has this year built: a classroom block at a school in Zambia; a crèche in St. Lucia, South Africa; and building is underway of a paediatric ward in Kenya, with fundraising well underway for the construction of a mini hospital in Zambia next year. We also continue to support improvements in education, health and community development, providing educational support, materials and toys, and sponsoring children, so they can go to school.

The Team House: facilitates and provides logistics for teams visiting Cape Town to work on community development initiatives in partnership with local faith-based NGO¹s

We are honoured to have been nominated for these awards and would really love to go all the way to win the award! As our valued Agents/Guests/Volunteer Eco-tourists we’re appealing for your assistance…

Please spare a few minutes and VOTE FOR US, we’d really be grateful and we’ll be sure to let you know when we bring that award home!


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