February 2017 – Wilderness Safaris has been named as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa, by US-based business magazine, Fast Company. Ranked in fourth place, Wilderness was the only tourism company to make the African Top 10 list, and was recognised for its use of luxury travel to fuel conservation.
“We are proud to be recognised amongst the world’s leading companies, from Amazon to Google and Apple, and to have been listed due to our ongoing commitment to building sustainable conservation economies in Africa. For nearly 35 years, we have been dedicated to pioneering authentic and sustainable ecotourism in some of Africa’s most pristine and remote wilderness areas, ensuring that all of our operations are underpinned by our 4Cs sustainability ethos (Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation)”, said Wilderness Safaris CEO, Keith Vincent.
“From mega-moves of mega-fauna, to moving to renewable and sustainable energy at many of our safari camps and reaching thousands of children and educating them on the importance of conservation through our non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness, we have further entrenched our philosophy that high-end responsible tourism can make a huge difference to Africa, its wildlife and its people”, he added.
This year was the 10th edition of the Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Companies ranking, which is chosen by the publication’s editors and reporters who sift through thousands of enterprises each year, searching for those that tap “both heartstring and purse strings and use the engine of commerce to make a difference in the world”.
Looking ahead into 2017 and beyond, Wilderness Safaris remains committed to its core ethos and has a number of exciting initiatives underway. This includes the opening of its first camp in Rwanda, Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, situated next to Volcanoes National Park. With just six forest villas, the camp will serve as a luxurious base for gorilla conservation experiences and explorations of the region. The project includes a major reforestation programme, which has already seen some 10 000 indigenous trees planted to date, in partnership with the locally-elected Tuzamurane Cooperative, comprising approximately 300 members from the Bisate Community.
“This incredible opportunity to use our model of responsible ecotourism to contribute to positive conservation and community empowerment in such a unique and exciting Rwanda environment is exactly why we do what we do,” added Vincent.
The full list of the Most Innovative Companies for 2017 will be published in the March issue of Fast Company and can be viewed online here.