Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustain the well-being of local people, and deepen understanding of natural and cultural heritage.
We specialise in wildlife-focused trips, harnessing the power of ecotourism to generate funds for on-the-ground conservation. Get inspiration by browsing our dedicated travel sites: Real Africa, Real Asia and Real Americas.
Partnerships to Protect the Wild
With a name like Explorers Against Extinction, and patrons including Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Levison Wood, it will come as no surprise to learn that a passion for travel and adventure runs deep.
We strongly believe that the benefits of responsible travel – high quality, low density travel which supports the protection of wildlife, wild spaces and local communities – outweighs the environmental impact of travelling to and from a destination.
Your holiday pounds and dollars have the power to transform livelihoods through employment opportunities, and to attract investment which in turn improves essential services including water supply, infrastructure, clinics and schools.
How It Works
Browse holiday destinations and ideas at our dedicated travel sites: Real Africa, Real Asia and Real Americas.
Send us your enquiry. We put you in touch directly with our trusted travel network. Should you decide to book we receive a small referral commission in return (at no additional cost to you). This supports the running of Explorers Against Extinction. In time, we hope the network will grow and be able to directly support our projects too.
In return, you’ll receive complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club providing a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do and in some destinations we can offer an optional project visit.
Sustainable eco-tourism – high quality, low density travel which supports the protection of wildlife, wild spaces and local communities – ensures the benefits of your trip outweigh the environmental impact of getting there and back. Our network offers:
*Expert first-hand knowledge from small specialist operators;
*Comprehensive bonding for complete peace of mind and financial security;
*Local guides and camps/lodges who employ largely local staff ;
*Properties which reduce their environmental impact through use of renewables and recycling/responsible waste disposal;
*Sustainable activities focusing on the natural world, and experiences in line with responsible wildlife tourism.
SANParks generates 80% of its operating budget from ecotourism.
An elephant is worth 76 times more alive, in ecotourism revenues over its lifetime, then killed for the value of its ivory.
Wildlife tourism contributes five times more than the illegal wildlife trade to global GDP.
Images: Zambezi Expeditions in Mana Pools (African Bush Camps), Zimbabwe; Big Life Foundation K9 Unit Chyulu Hills, Kenya; Rainforest, Borneo