As organizers and travel agents of Africa trips, we see it as our responsibility to protect this wonderful continent, that means concretely: its animal and plant world as well as its inhabitants.
In particular, against exploitation by tourism, which of course plays a large role.
You as a customer and we as organizers and travel agents have one thing in common: we love Africa!
Together we have enormous power and can actively participate in decision-making processes.
We should use this to be able to show our descendants this wonderful and often breathtakingly beautiful continent in 10, 20, 30 etc. years.
However, statistics that are freely accessible to all of us show dire forecasts for the future. Many animal species that we all know and can still admire today will soon be extinct.
Primitive people are robbed of their ability to live freely with and in nature. The habitat of animals and humans is being destroyed by industry, greed and often ignorance.
We are often to blame for the suffering of humans, animals and nature: humans!
It is money and power that are changing Africa. In dimensions that bring tears to our eyes as Africa lovers.
But do we – those who want to enjoy the beauty of Africa – have to support this? Under no circumstance!
We – Afrikascout – want to show you a world that is so completely different than you know it from rich industrial nations. An animal world that is so incredibly diverse and often endemic. As well as plant species that cannot be found anywhere else on our continent. Cultures that go back to the dawn of mankind…
Unfortunately, as in every industry, there are also people in Africa tourism who earn their money by exploiting the animal and plant world and also the peoples living there!
It is not enough for these people to show you, the traveller, the natural beauty of Africa. They want to show you “wild Africa”. Up close! With every possible means.
But is that necessary? By any means?
As a tourist, do you have to walk with lions and “cuddle” them as if they were pets?
Do you have to ride ostriches knowing that after about 5 rides their bones will break and then they will be killed?
Do you have to ride African elephants or hold onto the trunk with your hand, where anyone who has a TV and watches it from time to time knows that this means breaking their will first!?
These are just the worst crimes against wildlife that tourism “affords” to amuse its customers. And you are one of those customers. And here we Africa scouts say very clearly: “No. With us, this will no longer be the case!”
We are very aware that, as a small company, we cannot do much against the overwhelming power we are facing. We are also well aware that many will ridicule us for making this statement, as everyone knows how difficult it is to comprehend the extent to which we hold this statement accountable.
However, it is much more important to us to be able to look in the mirror every morning and say: “Our small team will do everything to ensure that you – our customer – are enlightened. So that you are informed. So that you can enjoy wild Africa.”
Afrikascout would like to encourage you to practice animal protection and to understand how important you are as a tourist and visitor to each individual country for the whole of Africa.
We therefore ask you very much today: support our way. Look with us into a worthwhile future that we can all be proud of.
Avoid activities during your trip that limit the quality of life, honor, human and animal life.
The worst examples are mentioned again:
Please do not pet baby lions or cheetahs!
They are wild animals and they are not to be petted in our world. The moment you pet a baby lion, you are already responsible for its death, because it won’t always be small and cute. He will grow and become too dangerous to cuddle with. He was taken away from his mother as a baby and bottle raised to get used to people! To lose the shyness. If he’s too big to have fun with, he has two options:
He’s sold to a hunting farm where, due to his lack of human shyness, some rich guy easily shoots him from a few feet away to take his head home as a trophy.
He comes into a kind of “zoo” and they use him to be able to tell you that he is being released into the wild. However, the fact is: You can no longer release a lion of this species into the wild. He plays like a cat with his prey… kills it and leaves it because he gets something to eat in his “stall” in the evening anyway. A cruel thing that we have already seen live.
Please do not ride the animals on ostrich farms!
The moment you get on an ostrich to ride around “funny” with it and maybe take a selfie for Instagram, you are already – as bad as it sounds – responsible for its imminent death, because this animal suffers from every ride and its hips only last about 5 rides on average.
Please don’t ride elephants!
The moment you step on an elephant to ride it, you should be aware of one thing: The African elephant is the largest land mammal on earth. It was definitely not intended by evolution for us humans to ride on it to have fun, to get some “great” holiday photos. This animal is one of the most intelligent and sensitive beings on earth. He has powerful senses that are not 100% explored to this day because they are so complicated. He can feel things that humans cannot. It is a wild animal and suffers extremely from the exploitation of tourism. In order to ride a wild elephant, we first broke its will. Is it worth this one ride? That one photo? Sitting and waving on an elephant? No! That’s not it.
WE CAN ONLY ASK YOU:
Keep all of this in mind if they want to offer you such an activity or something similar for a lot of money. It is a kind of “blood money” that you pay.
Let’s all be there for this wonderful continent together! We are not small. Together we are great.
Together we can prevent a lot of suffering and continue to open the eyes of all visitors to Africa for the protection of nature and the living beings in it.
If we start today, it will pay off. We thank you very much today.
Your Africa scouts