Tread softly – Share wisely – Cherish deeply
Chalo Africa’s vision is to support and promote tourism with a conscience. In other words, we want to be a leader in providing the finest eco-friendly African experience to the Africa-bound tourist whilst encouraging conservation initiatives on the ground and conducting our business in an ethical manner. We have a long-term vision for our company because we believe there needs to be a long-term vision to preserve, protect and conserve the wildlife and wilderness areas of Africa. This precious heritage transcends borders and nationalities, and so this particular enterprise is our way of ensuring a sustainable future for the people, flora and fauna of the continent.
We are proud to be accredited by or a member of the following travel associations:
Africa Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA) – Member
Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa – Individual Member
We Are Africa
– Founding Tribe Member
Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) – Member
Certified South African Specialist
Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist
Tanzania Travel Specialist
Reunion Island Tourism Certified
Mission & Guiding Principles
Our objective consists of “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990). We also want to highlight and showcase efforts where local people, wildlife and the environment are already benefiting from strategic and visionary thinking. Our activities on the ground must:
- Minimize impact; Protect and preserve wildlife
- Build environmental and cultural awareness & respect
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
- Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
- Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate
As a company, we have decided to do business solely with those African partners whose vision aligns with ours. Every single property or camp or guide featured on our website must fulfil the following condition: Is this individual/company/camp involved in some activity that promotes tourism to Africa in a way that furthers the cause of sustainable development, eco-tourism, conservation tourism or other conservation initiatives. In other words, we will not showcase properties that are simply extractive or consumptive in nature.
Our hope is to awaken or reinforce the explorer, the adventurer, the nature lover and the hidden conservationist in our guests. We want to whisk them away (hopefully many, many first timers from parts of the world that are only now beginning to get intrigued by Africa) on the adventure of a lifetime to a continent that we know will amaze them, bemuse them and ultimately captivate and enchant them. We want to do this because we know this to be true: when people actually see and experience those few remaining parts of our planet where the animals and landscapes are still wild and free, they will come home thinking more about conservation and sustainable development than they may ever have done before. And through their eyes, their stories and their images, we hope that a whole host of other people will become interested in Africa too.
In other words, if we do our job correctly, Africa will benefit in both tangible and intangible ways through this endeavor. We must confess, though, that any job description that sends the three of us on more African safaris will certainly be a benefit to us too.
Conservation and You!
Advocating for conservation and sustainability doesn’t have to be a dull, dry and depressing subject. For all of you who have ever spent an evening watching Animal Planet television, or flipping through the pages of National Geographic, or those of you that have thrilled at pronouncing names like Kilimanjaro and Okavango and wondered how it might feel to ride in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara … this is for you.
Have you always dreamt these dreams but shelved them because Africa seemed too far, too remote, too unknown? If you did, we hope you will spend some time with us on the Chalo Africa website, learning and reading more about Africa and the many accessible (and yes, sometimes remote) experiences we can make happen for you .
And if you have a question, however basic you think it may be, feel free to ask. We hope to demystify Africa travel for all of you who are contemplating or simply dreaming of a trip to our favorite place in the whole wide world.
Why Book With Chalo Africa?
Not just a holiday… a bespoke adventure of a lifetime!
From the camp you choose to the animal you want to see, from the season you travel to the type of accommodation you select, from your transportation options to logistics like visas and vaccinations… from your initial vision through our customized packaging and flawless execution, we’ll be at your side.
It’s a jungle out there… let us be your guide
So many countries, so many options, too many decisions… Let the expertise of our world renowned Master Guides and our personal contacts in Africa along with our specialized knowledge work for you. Simplify the complex world of African safaris and holidays.
Save by booking through us rather than hoofing it alone…
That’s because African safari & holiday camps offer preferential rates to their preferred partners like Chalo Africa – allowing us to share those savings with you. Tell us your budget & tell us your dream – we will make it happen for you.
Preserve African wildlife and wilderness
through eco & conservation tourism
These are not merely fine-sounding words for us…and Africa is not simply another product we wish to sell. We are proud to partner only with the finest companies that share our vision, mission and our bedrock principles. Your journey will benefit the people who co-exist with the wildlife.
We are proud to partner with leading African safari camps and lodges, including but not limited to:
A Parting Thought
“Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. They move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
All our very best,
The Chalo Africa Team