Art Safari endeavours to follow eco-tourism guidelines in its choice of lodges and its operations.
Economy & Employment – Every night you stay in Africa you contribute to the income of at least 25 African people, even before you have bought any souvenirs directly from the makers. Everyday you spend in the country you help the economy and stability of the tourism industry, one of the largest employment sectors.
Artist in Residence – We sometimes invite a local artist to accompany a group at various times throughout the safari. This is always a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and stories.
Fund raising for Malawian Orphans – The Art Safari Sketchbooks Volumes I & II, published by Urban Fox are books of words and sketches by people who have been inspired on their Art Safari in Africa – Malawi, Zambia and Kenya. Each book contains diary extracts, poems, thoughts and quotations as well as black and white drawings straight from some very well-travelled sketchbooks. This is a fund-raising book for an orphan day centre in Malawi, set up by a guide called Danger. So far we have to built a classroom & day centre, with kitchen and ablutions as well as supporting the existing programme which feeds and provides care for children left without parents in the Ulongwe area near Liwonde National Park. Art Safari Sketchbook Vol II Published by Urban Fox £12.75 ISBN 1-905522-15-0 available from Art Safari shop All profits from the book go to Danger’s orphan project in Liwonde, Malawi
Sports Academy, Namibia – One of our guides in Namibia, Orlando Haraseb, once captained the national football team. Not content with inspiring safari guests to keep fit, he had the idea of starting a Sports Academy in his home area of Damaraland. Art Safari has supported the project since its inception, and is proud to be associated with it. The Orlando Haraseb Sports Academy has the only full size football field in Damaraland. It also has two netball pitches. The sports field is used regularly for track events and the whole community comes together for 3 day tournaments, apparently attracting crowds of up to a thousand people. Here at Art Safari we hold a fund-raising event every year and listen out for any spare sports kit. We have several guests who collect sports wear for us to take out. We have been able to provide a complete strip for four teams, along with boots, footballs and a very smart trophy!
School equipment in Cambodia – We were delighted when we left a donation with our partners in Phnom Penh, who brilliantly transformed money into a huge delivery of books, toys, treats, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sports equipment and biscuits to a school in Kampong province.
Wildlife & conservation work supported by Art Safari and guests over the years includes:
Save the Albatross – Mary-Anne and Art Safari guests to the Antarctic have donated paintings for sale in order to raise money to support their work.
Rhino Conservation J&B Trust – in Liwonde National Park, Malawi