Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Celebrating Earth Day! Safaris Help Sustain Africa’s Wild Places

by Deborah Olsen
April 21, 2014


It’s not a stretch to say that every day is Earth Day at Bushtracks. We know that our past and our future are inextricably linked to the conservation of Africa’s wild places, and that when we share Africa’s remarkable beauty with our guests, that we are inspiring them, too, to take part in protecting these precious parts of our planet. But, although raising the awareness of Africa’s lands in our guests’ minds is an important part of what we do, it’s not the only way we think responsible travel can make a meaningful difference in our world.



Last year, Bushtracks owners David and Carolyn Tett strengthened their ongoing relationship with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) by becoming AWF Council Members. The AWF’s work spans entire countries, crossing borders to support critically important landscapes that harbor biodiversity and offer people economic opportunities. 


View of Mount Kilimanjaro from AWF Conservation Lodge Sateo Elerai, Amboseli, Kenya

Fundamentally, without land, wildlife cannot survive. To ensure its conservation efforts move forward, the AWF partners with governments, organizations, and communities, offering them incentives such as education, training in sustainable agriculture, and ecotourism in exchange for setting aside land.

elephant-Ol-Donyo-Lodge-chyulu-hills-kenya-safari(5)Elephants at Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

For example, to counter population growth and agricultural expansion in a key wildlife corridor extending from Amboseli National Park to Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West National Park, AWF introduced an innovative land-lease program to encourage the free movement of wildlife and habitat for lion, zebra, elephant, giraffe and other species. In Uganda, the AWF helped facilitate opening Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, where a percentage of each guest’s bednight fee goes directly into a community fund benefitting 30,000 people across 23 villages surrounding the southern boundaries of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with the intent to reduce habitat loss and poaching through economic development.

Bushtracks invites you to celebrate Earth Day every day by expanding your awareness of the world around you – particularly in its most wild and wonderful places – and to learn more about the ways that conservation and tourism can play a key role in protecting critical habitats at

Topics: Conservation & Wildlife

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AUTHOR BIO  |Deborah Olsen

Deborah Olsen is Bushtracks Marketing Director. Although she’s lived and traveled abroad, Deborah finds most of her travel inspiration at home around the dinner table, where international family and friends routinely fuel her interest in the world beyond with vivid insider accounts of off-the-beaten path places. In telling the Bushtracks story, and sharing Bushtracks remarkable adventures, Deborah hopes to ignite the same spark of wanderlust in others. Her journey to Bushtracks marketing has wound an itinerant path from her education at Duke University, the University of Paris, and the University of Washington, to a decade of marketing in the wireless telecommunications industry, and five years with Bushtracks, where she daily learns something new and wonderful about the natural world she loves exploring in her free time.