Asilia believes that world-class travel can – and must – go hand in hand with improving livelihoods and conserving nature. Our beautiful camps and lodges are in some of the most special places on earth – places we want to safeguard for the future. We strive to transform whole areas from crucial fragile natural habitats with often impoverished communities into lasting conservation economies. Our aim is to effectively protect wildlife while providing opportunities for local people to prosper.
Asilia’s portfolio boasts properties in the some of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. But we take special pride in pioneering tourism in areas where it has had little foothold before. These areas – such as Rubondo Island
and the Mara Naboisho Conservancy
– offer you unique wildlife experiences: here you have the sense of being an explorer discovering the unknown. These areas also increase the size of land as a nature and wildlife destination, whilst creating economic opportunity in areas that were typically marginal before.
Of course, the line between ‘proven’ and pioneering’ areas is ever changing. Few people know that the Northern Serengeti area, nowadays recognised as the best area the park has to offer, had no tourism presence whatsoever for the decade prior to Asilia launching Sayari Camp in 2005. This was after intense cooperation with Tanzania’s National Park authorities to make the area ready for high-end ecotourism and its positive impacts.
Ultimately, this pioneering approach can transform unknown areas into new Serengetis or Okavangos.
Any lasting positive impact must ultimately begin with oneself. Our camps and logistics answer to the highest standards of ecotourism. This means that we buy locally where possible. That we are a caring employer, offering our staff opportunities to grow. It means we reduce our footprint by limiting fossil fuel and using sustainable energy sources such as the sun, recycling water and reducing waste. The rest of our carbon footprint is offset by our support of local forestation projects.
We believe that for habitats to thrive it is essential to include all stakeholders. And so we collaborate with tourism partners, local communities, local authorities, game control entities and NGOs to work on key priorities for each ecosystem. We invite you to join us on this journey to empower Africa’s wild places.
Recognised at international and national level for best practice in using business as a force for good, Asilia is the first African safari company to receive a five-star rating from GIIRS and has received the Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Best Business, among others. We’re proud of our efforts and delighted they’ve been acknowledged by such prestigious organisations.