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Believe in better

At Asilia, we are fortunate to be able to welcome our guests to some of the most special places on earth. Places of stunning natural beauty, teeming with wildlife and full of cultural significance. These areas are of exceptional value. Not just to our company or to the - often poor - communities living in and around them, but to all of us living on this planet, now and in the future.

We believe that our presence and your visit can make a lasting positive impact on nature and local livelihoods alike. By generating revenues, increasing opportunities for people to prosper and supporting efforts that preserve and ultimately expand pristine habitats. Our goal is to make a true difference everywhere we work.
We believe in better.

Our pioneering & collaborative approach

We pride ourselves in taking a pioneering approach: setting up camps and lodges in areas where tourism has little foothold and making long-term commitments to allow these places to thrive. Ultimately, bringing sustainable tourism to new areas can transform them into viable and lasting conservation-based economies, with perpetual revenue for both its people and protection of wildlife.

Whether we already have a presence or are exploring possibilities to venture into new lands, the key to making an impact is knowing where the greatest challenges lie. It starts with assessing the governance and management set-up, identifying voids, and establishing what the best course of action is to tackle the problems faced.

As a company we can do a lot, but not every challenge can be addressed by us. That is why we take a collaborative approach, working together with local communities, authorities, NGOs, and other companies to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes for the areas where we committed ourselves to. These partnerships allow us to identify where we can make the largest contribution and impact.

For any area to flourish in the long run, we commit to four fundamental issues:

LIVELIHOODS, COMMUNITIES & EDUCATION
People are an essential part of our vision. We strive to improve livelihoods in various ways. Asilia employs a large number of people from communities living in and around the areas we work. We are a caring employer, offering everyone opportunities to train and grow. Entrance fees provide a substantial income stream, especially where local communities own the land (such as in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy). Where possible, we buy local produce to support incomes locally.

Education is fundamental in improving opportunities for the future. That is why we passionately support schools everywhere we work. Not only at the level of primary education, but offering opportunities in advanced education as well.

HABITAT, ECOSYSTEM & WILDLIFE
Many of the pristine ecosystems we operate in are under pressure. We engage in numerous protective and restoration projects. Reducing deforestation, taking anti-poaching measures, participating in water management and in some cases re-introducing species. We are also involved in training local communities on more effective ways to run livestock and improve livelihoods while reducing pressure on ecosystems and wildlife populations.

RESEARCH, AWARENESS & OUTREACH
Research and awareness strongly contributes to better prospects for the natural habitat and livelihoods of people. Asilia supports research on key species; providing evidence how they are threatened and what their decline means for the area as a whole. Actively engaging communities by bringing schools to our camps and lodges and showing wildlife documentaries raises appreciation for the value of nature locally. In addition, outreach on these areas to audiences around the world results in increased visibility, income and ultimately better protection.

SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS
Any lasting positive impact must ultimately begin with oneself. At Asilia our camps, lodges and logistics answer to the highest standards of eco-tourism. We are continuously reducing our environmental footprint by minimising fossil fuel use, using sustainable energy sources such as the sun, recycling water and waste where possible and offsetting the remainder of our carbon footprint by supporting local (re-) forestation projects.

Our Key Initiatives

Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Founding member of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya and leading driver of sustainable tourism in this vital wildlife corridor in the Serengeti/Mara ecosystem.

Koiyaki Guiding School
Supporter of the Koiyaki Guiding School and Mara Naboisho Lion Project based in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya.

North-West Serengeti
Pivotal partner in developing the North-West Serengeti region into a sustainable tourism destination.

Terat
Supporter of the conservation initiatives in the critical Terat/Simanjiro area east of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

Rubondo Island
First serious tourism operator on Rubondo Island National Park, Lake Victoria where we intend playing an important role in the conservation of this unique island through responsible tourism.


Projects we support

To find out more about some of the projects and NGO’s we support please click on the links below. Friends of Asilia can also support these initiatives directly by clicking on the donation link.
Kenya Wildlife Trust
Kenya Wildlife Trust
Supports the conservation of Kenya’s natural heritage for the benefit of future generations.
Koiyaki Guiding School
Koiyaki Guiding School
Providing local Maasai youth with education in the tourism industry
Mara Naboisho Lion Project
Mara Naboisho Lion Project
Seeking to find an alternative solution to the conflict between lions and Maasai herdsmen
Mara Elephant Project
Mara Elephant Project
Using elephant tracking technology to secure the future of migrating elephants
Serengeti Lion Project
Serengeti Lion Project
One of the world’s largest research studies on lions, monitoring and studying the lion populations in inaccessible parts of the ecosystem
Serengeti Rhino Repatriation
Serengeti Rhino Repatriation
Enabling the repatriation of black rhino to the Serengeti and ensuring their protection.
Serengeti Wild Dog Conservation
Serengeti Wild Dog Conservation
Supporting the conservation of wild dogs through monitoring and promoting co-existence between wild dogs, people and their domestic animals
Terat Village Initiative
Terat Village Initiative
Established to halt the expansion of unsustainable land use and support anti-poaching awareness schemes.
The Honeyguide Foundation
The Honeyguide Foundation
Tanzanian NGO dedicated to support communities and the conservation of wildlife and natural resources through long-term community partnerships.
The Kamitei Foundation
The Kamitei Foundation
Aims to make an effective contribution to the education of children in rural Tanzania through small scale investments in facilities and through the granting of individual scholarships.
Pack for a Purpose
Pack for a Purpose

Together with Pack for a Purpose make a big impact on the lives of children. Use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to communities you visit

FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about our efforts to make a lasting positive impact on conservation and community development please download the PDF extracts from our latest annual reports.
Positive impact recognition
B CORP BEST FOR THE WORLD
Asilia Africa honoured as B Corporation 'Best For The World of 2013' for creating the most overall social and environmental impact
GIIRS
First Sustainable Safari/Lodge Company in Africa to receive a 5-star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS
B-Corp
In 2012 Asilia became a Certified B-Corporation: committed to social & economic performance, transparency and accountability
Responsible Hotels of the World
Naboisho Camp has been recognised for providing an authentic holiday experience in an environmentally and culturally responsible way
Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification
Oliver's & Sayari Camp have successfully completed the Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP) and awarded 1-star Eco-Certification level

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Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
An exclusive camp nestled on an uninhabited island, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the elusive sitatunga.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp has a long and proud history in the Mara that lends to it a depth of character and low-key authenticity that is the hallmark of this luxury tented camp.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
On a private conservancy, that is an example of conservation and communities working together, Naboisho offers an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem.
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Combining pristine wilderness with the intimacy of a timeless tented camp, Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the heart of the Serengeti.
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
This upmarket camp is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Walking safaris are the specialty of the camp, and the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes Oliver’s Camp a firm favourite amongst safari enthusiasts.
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Combining the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of luxury, Matemwe Retreat’s secluded villas are considered the most exclusive choice on this exotic island.
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe’s peaceful location and relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
On the chalk white Matemwe beach lies Matemwe Beach House; the perfect holiday home for a family or small group wanting a private slice of this beautiful coast line
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