Wilderness Safaris Supports Local Talent
As a company proudly born in Botswana 35 years ago, Wilderness Safaris is passionate about supporting local suppliers and brands to ensure that its world-class responsible travel offering encompasses true Botswana flair. This forms part of the company’s commitment to driving sustainable ecotourism in Botswana, conserving its wildlife, empowering communities and giving back to the local economy at the same time.
“Our strong heritage and national pride is ingrained in every member of our team, and something that we strive to bring alive in all of our camps in Botswana”, commented Lesh Moiteela, Wilderness Safaris Botswana Cultural Ambassador and Community Relationship Manager.
For this reason, Wilderness Safaris camps in the Delta, Linyanti and Central Kalahari are proud to source and stock local products, made and sold by Botswana businesses, many of them SMEs. Some of the proudly-Botswana brands found in Wilderness Safaris camps include: Handmade jewellery by Catherine Motanka; Maungo Craft preserves; Big Sip craft beer; and Just Ginger “gemere” or ginger beer.
“We are proud to be able to infuse our local heritage with other like-minded businesses in order to showcase our local talent and culture to our international guests. One of the 4Cs of our sustainability ethos, which the company treats as a fundamental pillar of its business, is Culture (with the others being Commerce, Community and Conservation). We have a dedicated Cultural Strategy which guides our policies, practice and actions in this space, and as part of this, we are always seeking to grow and support local talent and enhance cultural interactions for guests”, Lesh added.
Wilderness Safaris firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles, and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development. Working with local brands in its camps not only subscribes to the very ethos of Wilderness Safaris, but is a veritable example of how Community, Culture and Commerce can be supported through even just a single procurement policy.
Concluded Lesh, “Each and every Botswana business we support adds great value to our camps by virtue of their quality, and incredible stories. We are excited to align our brand with theirs, and strive to carry locally-produced or manufactured products as much as possible”.