A new way of travelling – The European Safari Company launches today

December 29, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the European Safari Company today. In partnership with Rewilding Europe, the European Safari Company specialises in nature-based experiential travel in Europe. It offers top quality authentic nature and wildlife experiences, in combination with Europe’s rich and authentic culture, and allows people to give back to nature just by travelling.

Spend nights surrounded by nature, covered by a blanket of stars! Stay at Faia Brava Star Camp in Western Iberia, Portugal.
Spend nights surrounded by nature, covered by a blanket of stars! Stay at Faia Brava Star Camp in Western Iberia, Portugal.

The word ‘safari’ brings intrigue and excitement to everyone’s mind; an adventure, a discovery, traveling to an unknown place filled with the unexpected that nature will bring. It is a journey, one of self-discovery, a family outing or a romantic getaway; a safari encompasses so many different things to different people.

Over the last five years, Rewilding Europe has been exploring rewilding landscapes in great depth, and has discovered the secrets and special features that Europe’s wild areas have to offer. As part of helping to build local, nature-based economies – one of Rewilding Europe’s key objectives – we believe that nature travel is one way to support the rewilding of these areas. The concept of the European Safari Company was born from the need that arose within Rewilding Europe’s areas for a platform to show the world the beauty of these destinations and allow people to easily access these.

Travel with the European Safari Company and make Europe wilder by going on a holiday!
Travel with the European Safari Company and make Europe wilder by going on a holiday!

From today, the European Safari Company will offer the opportunity to experience the secrets of these and many other European nature destinations to travellers worldwide, at the same time ensuring sustainable travel helping nature and local communities. The European Safari Company starts with offerings to six of our rewilding areas, and will continuously expand its offerings to other unique destinations in Europe.

The European Safari Company is a nature travel company where travellers contribute to rewilding and nature conservation. With each trip, as a nature traveller you will have a positive impact because you are directly supporting rewilding activities and local communities. For instance through conservation levies from each booking – contributions to annual rewilding initiatives in the areas are made – and the fact that the destinations are all part of a rewilding movement. Local nature focused businesses are assisted through developmental, operational and communications support. We believe that the European Safari Company will also raise further awareness about wild nature in Europe and will benefit the comeback of wildlife through enhancing the relationship between wilder nature, wildlife and people.

Rewilding Europe has developed the concept of the European Safari Company as part of its enterprise work, in close connection with its rewilding activities across Europe. After supporting its incubation, the European Safari Company will stand on its own feet as a separate business entity, also broadening its scope to the entire European nature-based tourism landscape.

Go wildlife watching with the European Safari Company. It is a unique experience, allowing you a chance to witness some of natures most illusive creatures.
Go wildlife watching with the European Safari Company. It is a unique experience, allowing you a chance to witness some of natures most illusive creatures.

— Frans Schepers, Managing Director of Rewilding Europe, explains: ‘’We believe that there is an unlocked potential for nature-based tourism in Europe that will make people appreciate the comeback of wildlife species and creates an incentive for rewilding. We can now see the first success stories in Europe, and through the European Safari Company we will be able to make a next step in supporting local communities and entrepreneurs to both value and benefit wildlife and nature that is around them’’.

— “The European Safari Company will bring nature to the people, there is so much to see and experience in the diverse European landscapes. Nature offers travellers the reward of reflection, growth, adventure and discovery – its right here on our doorstep waiting and growing!”, says Simon Collier, managing the European Safari Company. “The European Safari Company provides a channel for the highest quality wildlife and nature-based tourism products in Europe and aims to become a benchmark for the nature-traveling hub in the emerging European wildlife and nature-based tourism sector“ he adds.

logo-esc-v4The European Safari Company looks forward to bring you more exciting safari trips. Explore the offerings and discover your first European safari experience. Now is the time to do something for yourself, your family and nature, make 2017 count and begin the adventure of a lifetime that will transform dreams into memories. Enjoy the journey ahead!

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