The Problem: Due to the pandemic, South Africa’s wildlife reserves and conservation projects have lacked much-needed support these past two years. In fact, the lockdown has been responsible for a 96% drop in national park visits.
The Solution: You! By booking a trip and visiting places like iSimangaliso Wetland Park, whose 800,000 acres are home to elephants, lions, and even whales, you’re helping keep 12,000 jobs afloat, as well as supporting an environmental education program in 150 local schools.
Experience it: Not only did the pandemic wreak havoc on conservation efforts, but—through an alcohol ban that went hand-in-hand with lockdown—it has negatively impacted South Africa’s vibrant wine industry. On our six-day mountain bike tour of the Rainbow Nation, we’ll visit wine farms and taste historic vintages, including Cabernet and Syrah, as well as support local communities by shopping at small businesses and artisans within the townships. We’ll also cycle through the epic Bottelary Hills Conservancy, where 40 farmers joined the project to protect the region’s natural biodiversity.