In the Footsteps of Tusk

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In the Footsteps of Tusk


S.W.A.P | Safaris With A Purpose

Since inception in 1990, Tusks reputation for identifying and supporting an impressive and wide range of conservation initiatives with an incredibly successful track record throughout Africa, is well known and respected.

The foundations of Tusk were laid when Charlie Mayhew, Founder of Tusk, led a 7-month expedition across the Sahara, through the Congo, into Eastern and finally Southern Africa, concluding in Cape Town. Throughout the expedition the group undertook a series of conservation and community projects, filmed for a Channel 4 documentary. This, in essence, sparked the beginning of Tusk.

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We have embraced this sense of expedition and created a collection of inspirational journeys, taking you “In the Footsteps of Tusk”.

Where access is possible to tourism, these itineraries take you to areas where Tusk supports leading and emerging conservationists across Africa, bringing the variety of challenges being faced to life.

Whilst on these journeys, you can gain a first-hand insight as to where and how your tourism and Tusk dollar is spent. From well-established projects benefitting from long term funding through to grassroot conservation initiatives just getting started. We hope these trips will inspire and bring to life the benefit Tusk and tourism has across the African continent.

For this reason, the importance of Tusk will only increase and is why we are proud to be a committed Partner.

*Please note: these itineraries provide a flavour of what is possible. All our trips are handcrafted, together, with our clients to ensure a seamlessly  personalised experience. No journey is ever the same.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk

Our Commitment: By following “In the Footsteps of Tusk” you will not only have an immersive, Exceptional Safari, but will be contributing essential funds to Tusk at no additional cost to yourself. Exceptional Travel is proud to commit 5% of their annual profits to Tusk.

June 2024: The Tusk Lewa Marathon

Run wild! Tusk’s Lewa Marathon and Half Marathon invites participants from all over the world to compete in an internationally acclaimed event while running through one of Africa’s most breathtaking wildlife conservancies.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Kenya

This is where it all began, on the foothills of Mt Kenya. Thirty years on, and we invite you to follow In the Footsteps of Tusk.
A country of diversity, this journey takes you through Kenya’s wildlife rich areas, and gives access to the next generation of safari.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Namibia

Remote, vast, and lesser known than it’s neighbours, Namibia is a country that takes you further off the grid than you thought possible. Towering terra cotta sand dunes, coastal deserts, Etosha National Park with desert adapted wildlife and a specialist area where Tusk supported project Save the Rhino Namibia, are leading the way in conserving the critically endangered black rhino.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Rwanda

Known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is famous for its magnificent mountain gorillas that live in the forests of Volcanoes National Park.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – São Tomé & Príncipe

With coordinates 1°N,7°E, São Tomé and Príncipe is located at the centre of the world. Created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, these striking islands rise out of the Gulf of Guinea and the vibrant rainforests are amongst the most biodiverse on the planet. Remnants of it’s gripping past remain on the island with historic roças and cacao plantations which are, through eco tourism, being resurrected.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Tanzania

Tanzania’s natural beauty spans the plains of the Serengeti, snow capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, mighty rivers of the Selous and Ruaha and the clear crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. A mecca for wildlife on land and in the ocean, Tanzania arguably offers the best “bush & beach” experience in Africa.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Uganda

Once described as “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda is a country of exquisite contrasts. Dense forests, hazy savannahs, hippo filled lakes, meandering rivers and thundering waterfalls. Home to some of the highest concentration of primates on earth, this itinerary takes you to some of Uganda’s lesser known “pearls”, after spending time with our two closest relatives – chimpanzees and gorillas.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Zambia

Zambia’s rich wildlife resides within some of the most pristine National Parks in Africa. It’s natural boundaries of meandering rivers and steep escarpments provide an exceptionally beautiful, unspoilt and seasonal safari – as safari was intended. Behind the scenes, there are two Tusk supported projects that work tirelessly to protect the resident wildlife, communities and safeguard the vast wilderness areas.

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In the Footsteps of Tusk – Zimbabwe

The Malilangwe Reserve is a 130,000 acre, pristine wilderness area in the south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe. Over the last 30 years, an astonishingly successful restoration of the area from a cattle ranch to it’s former natural state, has been implemented by Tusk supported Malilangwe Trust. The Trust is dedicated to environmental conservation and committed to the development of lives in the local communities. An area of new birth, positive upliftment and unique experiences.

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