The New Model of Community Conservancy: A Symposium and Safari Program


In Namibia, a nation born just 27 years ago, a new concept for preserving wildlife and supporting local communities has been dreamed into existence. The land of the oldest desert on Earth is now home to the continent’s only growing wildlife population, and Namibia’s model is quickly being replicated across Africa. This is due to the incredible vision of Garth Owen-Smith and the government and people of Namibia who embraced this new model of “community conservation,” in which the destiny and support of wildlife and communities are intertwined, and even enshrined in the country’s constitution. We are bringing together the visionaries and wildlife experts who are key to the development of this model, and invite you to hear their stories firsthand while you experience Namibia’s unique wildlife in the country’s legendary settings. We have designed a unique program of safaris to accompany the symposium. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Guest Speakers

Garth Owen-Smith
Garth Owen-Smith, the pioneer of Namibia’s wildlife and community conservancies, is a winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize. Author of An Arid Eden, he was awarded the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa.
Tammy Hoth-Hanssen
Tammy Hoth-Hanssen’s family ranch was in a human-wildlife conflict zone. She co-founded the AfriCat Foundation to find creative solutions to the problem, and it is now the largest carnivore rescue and release program in the world.

Simson Uri-Khob
Simson Uri-Khob, a rhino conservationist and master tracker, is CEO of Save the Rhino Trust, which protects desert-adapted black rhino. He is a winner of the Namibia Nature Foundation Environmental Award.
Julian Fennessy
Julian Fennessy, PhD, is director and conservation scientist of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, dedicated to saving this species on the verge of “silent extinction.” His work includes groundbreaking genetic research and field studies.
Philip Stander
Philip “Flip” Stander, PhD, the world’s leading authority on desert lion, spends 300 days a year in the field, tracking and studying these extraordinary creatures. Founder of the Desert Lion Conservation Project, he was honored with the Thomas Huxley Award by the London Zoological Society.



4-day symposium featuring five of the world's leading wildlife and conservation experts
Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats
Memorable and exciting guided game drives within celebrated Etosha National Park
Enjoy fascinating lectures given by conservation experts


Length: 4-day Symposium plus Pre- and Post-Symposium Safaris
Cost: Pre- and Post-Symposium Safari prices include the Symposium. See individual tours for detailed pricing.
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Depends on Post-Symposium Tour
Symposium Lodging: 1 night hotel, 3 nights safari camps and lodges
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Namibia symposium 2019 brochure

Download Brochure

Download our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife brochure, featuring Guest Speakers Garth Owen-Smith, Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Simson Uri-Khob, Julian Fennessy, and Philip “Flip” Stander. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.

4-Day Symposium

We’ve designed our symposium to give you an enriching experience of Namibia’s wildlife and unique landscapes, along with fascinating presentations by our Guest Speakers. Our journey begins in Windhoek, the capital city. We’ll travel to Okonjima, site of the AfriCat Foundation, the world’s largest big cat rehabilitation and release sanctuary. Here we’ll meet some of the leaders of this innovative organization, and head out into the bush, tracking cheetah and leopard on foot and by vehicle. In celebrated Etosha National Park, presentations are combined with thrilling game viewing to give you an insider’s perspective as we explore the creative integration of wildlife and community in Namibia.

Symposium Locations

AfriCat Foundation, Okonjima

Okonjima is home to the renowned AfriCat Foundation, the world’s largest big cat rehabilitation and release sanctuary, focusing especially on injured or captured leopard and cheetah. We will meet some of AfriCat’s key personnel, learn about the conservation efforts firsthand, and enjoy close encounters with leopard and cheetah. Our activities include leopard-tracking by vehicle and a visit to the cheetah welfare project.

Etosha National Park

Set on Namibia’s central plateau, Etosha is a haven for wildlife, including four of the Big Five—rhino, leopard, lion, and elephant—along with gemsbok (oryx), zebra, cheetah, hyena, and the endemic black-faced impala. In April, game viewing on the green, rain-refreshed plains allows us to see prolific game and observe lots of wildlife activity, including newborns. And with more than 340 species, the birding in Etosha is terrific!

8 Unique Safaris

We have designed eight extraordinary safaris to pair with the symposium. Complete information, including day-to-day itineraries and detailed pricing, is available on request.

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A Vision for Wildlife: Namibia Expedition

Himba Tribes, Sossusvlei Dunes, and a Desert Hike

Mar 28-Apr 12, 2019
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16 days from: $9495
Namibia is one of the most hauntingly beautiful safari destinations on earth, brimming with jaw-dropping geological wonders and exotic species found nowhere else. Join us to view 6,000-year-old rock art on the flanks of sandstone peaks, track desert-a...

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A Vision for Wildlife: Giraffe Conservation Safari

World-Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffe

Mar 30-Apr 12, 2019
14 days from: $10,695
Join one of our keynote speakers, Dr. Julian Fennessy, and his Giraffe Conservation Foundation team and experience unparalleled access to the work these experts are doing to save this species that is facing a “silent extinction.” You’...

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A Vision for Wildlife: In the Realm of the Desert Lion

An Exclusive Conservation Safari in Namibia

Apr 8-20, 2019
13 days from: $9995
On this spectacular and unique adventure, we bring you behind the scenes to conservation groups that are pioneering ways to protect Namibia’s amazing wildlife, including endangered black rhino and the magnificent desert lion, which exists nowher...

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A Vision for Wildlife: Southern Africa Wildlife Safari

Victoria Falls, Botswana, and South Africa

Apr 8-22, 2019
15 days from: $7195
Three extraordinary destinations—one wonderful safari! In Zimbabwe, we marvel at mighty Victoria Falls and take a sunset cruise on the great Zambezi River (expect to see hippos!). Heading to Botswana, we explore the wildlife Eden of the Okavango...

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A Vision for Wildlife: Botswana Wildlife Safari

“Under Canvas” in Chobe, Okavango & Moremi, and Visit Victoria Falls

Apr 8-21, 2019
14 days from: $9995
Botswana’s diverse ecosystems are astoundingly beautiful, from the savannas and woodlands of magnificent Chobe National Park, sheltering the world’s largest herds of elephant, to the Okavango Delta, an exquisite wetland of lagoons, channel...

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A Vision for Wildlife: Wild Zimbabwe

Hwange and Zambezi National Parks and Victoria Falls

Apr 8-19, 2019
12 days from: $8395
Zimbabwe is a phenomenal safari destination, and our exciting adventure weaves together all its magic. We experience the wonder of Victoria Falls, then enjoy amazing wildlife viewing in Hwange National Park, home to some 40,000 elephants along with li...

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A Vision for Wildlife: Undiscovered Zambia

Walks on the Wild Side

Apr 8-19, 2019
12 days from: $7395
Zambia, birthplace of the walking safari, is remote and untamed, and during the “emerald season,” its lush green expanses teem with wildlife and birdlife. With our consummate safari guide Jason Alfonsi, we’ll appreciate the African w...

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