We are living in unprecedented times. At the heart of Natural Selection are our people: our guests, our staff, our travel trade partners and the communities that we have partnered with throughout our journey. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by COVID-19 (the coronavirus).
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We understand how difficult the current situation is with the ever-changing scenario around us. Please reach out to the travel agent or tour operator who booked your safari to discuss your options. If you can we urge you to rebook rather than cancel. We have introduced flexible postponement options in the hope you will travel with us in the not too distant future.
Responsible tourism is recognised globally as a vital contributor and mechanism for poverty alleviation, job creation, socio-economic growth and environmental protection. In Africa, this couldn’t be truer. At Natural Selection we take this responsibility seriously. Our purpose as a business is to be a force for good in the protection of natural habitats and the people who live sustainably beside them.
We recognize that our operations are vital to the livelihoods in the areas in which we operate, and the abrupt decline in tourism revenue, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has the potential for far reaching impacts on communities. In Botswana and Namibia, 8.9% and 15.7% of the population respectively are employed by the tourism sector. Within and alongside wildlife areas, tourism is often the only employer from villages throughout Botswana and Namibia. One employed person typically supports between five and seven other people. So, if you are in a position to postpone rather than cancel we urge you to do so.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, global travel bans and the temporary closure of many safari camps across the region, this is a time to be mindful of the vulnerability of communities living alongside wildlife areas. Over the last three years, 1.5% of every guest’s stay in our camps has gone towards community and conservation projects. Combined with the direct contributions that our camps make to local community outreach, this amounts to nearly USD 1 million, which we will continue to direct towards these initiatives.
For the first time, we are seeking public contributions for a COVID-19 Village Support program. This program will be transporting food parcels to remote villages to improve nourishment of communities in the face of this unprecedented viral threat. US$ 75 will feed a family of 6 for 1 month. If you are in a position to donate, you can do so here.
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From our family to yours we urge you to keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you to the great outdoors and the wild world of Natural Selection when the time is right.
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