World-first conservation in Angola

Where adventure meets conservation at the cutting edge

Opportunities like this come around just a handful of times in a generation – the chance to not only be welcomed into a newly opened country, but to make a vital contribution to its very ecology first hand.

In the company of world-leading conservationists, veterinarians and biologists, this exclusive experience will see you track previously undocumented elephant herds and the very last of a species of giant antelope. Actively involved throughout, you’ll make new findings and deductions from collaring them yourself.

That’s alongside everything from assisting demining teams and visiting tank graveyards to enjoying unique river safaris. Travelling in a wilderness devoid of infrastructure that, in terms of conservation, has never before been touched by man, you’ll travel by helicopter charters, spending your nights in wilderness camps built just for you to enjoy private-chef drinks and dining in the bush.

Conserving herds unknown to science – Working with a team of vets, researchers and leading conservationists, you’ll track everything from elephant and mountain zebra to leopard and lion, with the objective of darting and collaring these vulnerable species. After sedation, you’ll take measurements, cool the animal and even fit the collar yourself.

The Source Lakes – These vitally important bodies of water have only just been recognised as the lifeblood to Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Indeed, you’ll be able to travel with the very scientists that discovered 20 new species of frog, grasshopper and fish in their waters, tracing their distributaries from Botswana’s Okavango Delta by helicopter, pausing only to snorkel and swim in waterfalls.

Assist an antimine squad – Lend a hand to members of the HALO trust – the charity tasked with removing the detritus of Angola’s brutal civil war.

Unique safari – Travelling by 4×4 and riverboat, spot everything from elephant and leopard to hippos and Nile crocodiles – sights in Angola seen only by a handful. It’s all that bit more special with sundowners and bush dinners.

Tank graveyards – Conduct an aerial survey of what’s left of the largest tank battle since WWII, descending to reflect over lunch with a historian among the debris.

Search for the last giant sable – Only around 230 of these magnificent antelopes are left in the world, all in Angola. And, travelling with the world’s pre-eminent authority on them, Dr. Pedro vaz Pinto, you’ll have exclusive permits to track and collar them. Though, with their height and horns measuring 1.5m, a sighting alone is life-affirming.

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