March 3

Combining Luxury and Impact on Safari

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March 3, 2023

Indulgence is a must on any vacay, don't you think? After all, we've earned the right to treat ourselves every once in a while. But how do you include luxury and impact in that long-awaited African holiday to make it that much more satisfying? Now, what if we told you that you could change the world just by enjoying yourself? Well, in Africa, you can… We've hand-picked some of our favourite luxury and impact safaris for you to add to your itinerary.

Sundowner drinks on safari

Combine luxury and impact experiences on your holiday in Africa, Image Credit: Singita

Travelling with Rhino Africa

At Rhino Africa, we're all about shaking things up, doing good and making a difference – whether it's for Africa's wildlife, landscapes or communities. But don't worry, we're no boring bunch – we're all about living it up in luxury too! 

So, when you travel with us, expect to be wowed by lavish locations and extravagant experiences that make a real impact on the world. Here are just some of the ways you can enrich your safari in Africa (without even trying).

Making a difference while enjoying your luxury holiday in Africa, Image Credit: Londolozi

Safari at Londolozi

Londolozi Luxury

There's no question that a safari at Londolozi Private Game Reserve leaves a lasting impression. Set in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park, a stay at any of the Londolozi camps promises adventurous Big 5 encounters, lazy leisure and wellness, and tantalising fine dining.

Main viewing deck at Londolozi Granite Suites

A luxury safari lodge for the discerning traveller who appreciates the finer details, Image Credit: Londolozi

Londolozi Impact 

Live it up in leopard-laden lands while giving back to the community! Your Londolozi safari can be a wild ride for more than just yourself. By supporting rural education and healthcare whilst also safeguarding the haven rhinos and other iconic species call home, you're helping to elevate the entire wildlife and human ecosystem.

Local farm and farmer

Londolozi provides seed capital to empower small businesses, individual entrepreneurs and more, Image Credit: Londolozi

Thornybush Safari 

Thornybush Luxury

At Thornybush Game Reserve, safari adventures and luxury lodgings are the norm, making it one of the top spots in Southern Africa. But that's not all! This reserve is also known for its unique community and conservation efforts, making it a one-of-a-kind destination for your African escapades.

Main deck area with riverbed views

Combining naturally sustainable architecture and luxurious, cutting-edge design, Image Credit: Thornybush

Thornybush Impact

Experience the ultimate blend of luxury and impact by visiting the Nourish Eco Village and the SEDIWA (Sustainable Enterprise Development in Wildlife Areas) Hub.

Together with Thornybush, these organisations are forging a powerful alliance for community and conservation. Here you can witness the transformation of local children and adults, empowered through valuable training, hands-on learning tools, innovative entrepreneurship and self-sustainability programs.

Nourish village

Boasting a variety of community-based and conservation projects, Image Credit: Thornybush

Safari at Singita

Singita Luxury

Singita's many lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Rwanda are like a luxury wonderland of spa treatments and gym shenanigans, shimmering swimming pools, boutique stores and galleries that are a feast for the eyes, and wine boutiques that'll make you swoon. But don't let all the fun and games distract you from the fact that Singita is also a sanctuary for wildlife and conservation efforts. 

Main viewing area at Singita

Offering guests a lavish and personalised safari experience, Image Credit: Singita

Singita Impact

Singita is a trailblazer in the wild world of safeguarding biodiversity through out-of-the-box wildlife management techniques and an unwavering commitment to sustainability.

They're on a mission to bring species back from the brink of extinction, protect vital ecosystems, and empower local communities. And, let's not forget, their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is like a breath of fresh air, paving the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.

Anti poaching dog and handler

Visit the canine unit and participate in an actual tracking exercise with a dog and handler, Image Credit: Singita

Safari at Phinda

Phinda Luxury

Phinda Private Game Reserve is often described as "Seven Worlds of Wonder" because it contains seven distinct habitats. The luxury reserve is also close to the Indian Ocean coastline boasting pristine beaches and colourful coral reefs, so you can enjoy both bush and beach experiences. 

Opulent bathroom

Luxury safari paradise KwaZulu-Natal, Image Credit: Phinda

Phinda Impact

At Phinda, they're not just proud of their impact experiences – they're downright giddy about them! Guests are welcome to jump in on routine monitoring or research projects, all in the name of saving the precious species of the reserve.

From tagging along on a privately guided pangolin research excursion and helping the vet team notch a snoozing rhino's ear to getting up close and personal with an anaesthetised elephant as they swap out its tracking collar, you can make a tangible difference.

Elephant collaring

Take part in ground-breaking conservation achievements, Image Credit: Phinda

Enjoy Luxury and Impact on Safari

As you can see, indulging in a luxurious safari in Africa doesn't have to come at the expense of making a positive impact on the world. With Rhino Africa, you can have the best of both worlds by experiencing life-changing locations and extravagant experiences that also give back to the community and conserve wildlife. So come on, reach out to our Travel Experts and let's make a difference, one safari at a time!

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Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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