Kusini Safaris is proud to take an ethical approach to how we conduct safaris in Africa. Conservation is key for the longevity of safari and we like to work with and support local communities and projects to sustain wildlife for future generations.
Please contact us if you would like to donate to, learn more about or even visit some of these projects. We can advise on philanthropy decisions and answer any questions you have. Some of our guests like to donate a percentage of their safari to a chosen cause.
When you book a safari, Kusini Safaris donates $100 to one of the conservation projects below, you choose.
Mkuyu Guide School
Mkuyu Guide School can be found in Tungamalenga, the last village on the road towards Ruaha National Park. The school is locally run and attracts young people from all over Tanzania, who aspire towards a career in the safari industry. With a minimum of resources the school has already seen lots of young students come to learn about the bush and tourism in Tanzania. Kusini Safaris has worked with founder Leonard Fidelis since the school began in 2013.
When local people start to see a benefit to their livelihoods of having a national park like Ruaha on their doorstep, the goals of conservation become a lot more achievable. Tungamalenga and neighbouring villages see a lot of crop raiding by elephants during the harvest season and local pastoralists also frequently lose their livestock to hyena and lion, understandably this situation creates animosity towards conservation areas. As a safari company, it is our responsibility to foster the development of local communities and help them live sustainably with wildlife.
Every year we sponsor new students to attend Mkuyu, if you would like to sponsor a student, donate binoculars, or help in another way, please get in touch.
PAMS Foundation are expanding their reach in Tanzania. The PAMS team bring their relentless work ethic whoever they go to fight poaching and support conservation by empowering the people that live in wild places.
Ruaha Carnivore Project
Ruaha Carnivore Project does exactly what it says on the tin, looking after one of the largest remaining populations of lions left in Africa, by engaging the local community in all sorts of ingenious ways.
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program (STEP) provides aerial and technical support for anti-poaching whilst also monitoring and researching elephants. They also work with local farmers affected by elephants, in the Ruaha-Rungwa and Udzungwa-Selous ecosystems.
Seasense are looking after whale sharks, turtles, local communities and all the other amazing things one can find on the Tanzanian islands and coast.
I worked for Wildlife Connection in Idodi and Pawaga and leant a lot about local life in that time. My first trip into Ruaha National Park was driving the old Wildlife Connection Landrover, often sideways, with some folks from Isele village. Park trips for local people are a great initiative to improve perceptions of wild animals and conservation. Now, Wildlife Connection are encouraging poultry farming to cope with this years flooding and demand for bushmeat as well as continuing their long term projects; beehive fences, environmental education, and wildlife cinema.
If you are concerned about your carbon footprint from your international flights, you can offset your emissions with Carbon Tanzania.