We’re working to create a brighter future for Africa’s wildlife. We think the best way to do this is by empowering people to gain first-hand experience of wildlife conservation. Because the better we understand Africa’s wildlife, communities and landscapes, the better equipped we are to help them thrive.
When it comes to fulfilling the aspirations of both ethical travellers and the conservation community in southern Africa, no other company is more experienced or better connected than we are.
Wildlife conservation in this corner of Africa is a close-knit community of parks boards, researchers and conservationists. We have been working among these stakeholders since 1999 and have played a vital role in many of the community’s landmark achievements. In fact, thanks to the pioneering work of our staff and customers, ethical travel is now seen as a cornerstone of the region’s entire wildlife conservation strategy.
As a result, today we are proud to offer many conservation experiences that are exclusive to our travellers. Meanwhile, on a personal level you’ll notice that many people welcome our travellers like part of the family. Because that’s exactly what they are.
Our team are not only experienced in travel management but also carry zoological and conservation-related qualifications. We remain at the forefront of developments in the field of conservation and stay up to date with developments in research, political policy and ecological issues. We have even become a leading voice in the fight against lion farming and cub cuddling in southern Africa.
This deep understanding of wildlife conservation enables us to select projects to work with that have focused conservation goals and therefore a genuine role for our travellers and volunteers. We carry out peer reviews with recognised professionals before starting to work with a new project and visit regularly to ensure our standards and expectations are continuously being met.
All of which means that none of our partner projects exist to profit financially from the growing ecotourism industry – they are all genuine, hard-working conservation projects that share our core values and ambitions.
We do everything we can to ensure your experience with Africa’s wildlife is inspirational, enlightening, even life-changing. And this journey starts long before you set foot on African soil.
As part of our service, we take the time to talk to you before you book your experience – usually over the phone – to find out about your personal goals and what you want from your time in Africa. During this conversation, we’ll also discuss a variety of options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Not only does this service help you to select the right experience for you, it helps us tailor your itinerary to your needs. Which means when you finally arrive in Africa, everything is in place for you to have the wildlife conservation experience you’ve always dreamed of.
By travelling with us, you’ll team up with genuine wildlife conservation projects and initiatives. Nothing is for show – from the moment you arrive, you’ll be making a real difference, helping to support the communities and ecosystems of southern Africa.
Depending on your choice of experience, you’ll probably join the project’s team of full-time conservationists by living onsite as well. Living and working shoulder to shoulder with some of Africa’s leading conservation professionals is an amazing way to learn about the wildlife and the challenges they face.
What’s more, you’ll be a valuable member of the team. Most of the projects we partner with are fairly small, which means your passion and endeavour will have an immediate and visible impact on their day-to-day running.
We want you to have an amazing experience in Africa, without worrying about how you’ll get from A to B, how to pronounce “zewu” (that’s “wow” in Zulu) or a thousand other questions that might get in your way.
That’s why we have a support team on the ground in Africa. We’ll meet you at Johannesburg airport, answer all your questions and make sure you have everything you need for your stay. Then we’ll see you safely to your transfer to your destination.
Throughout your stay, we’re available 24/7 if you need assistance or just want a chat. Then, as your experience comes to an end, we’ll meet you back in Johannesburg to hear all about your adventure and see you safely onto your flight home.
As a conservation traveller, it isn’t just your time and energy you’ll contribute to your host project(s). Part of your booking fee goes directly into helping build a sustainable financial future for wildlife conservation in southern Africa, empowering these initiatives to carry out their work.
From hydrophones to helicopters, money from our travellers has helped projects invest in all kinds of vital new facilities. We’ve also sponsored much-needed equipment and provided interest-free loans to help initiatives broaden their impact. What’s more, we’ve been a key partner in setting up many projects that you can visit today.
In fact, much of the marvellous wildlife conservation work that happens in southern Africa today simply wouldn’t be possible without travellers like you.
Although I was only able to spend a short time at Phinda, I am so happy that I got to be a part of the incredible efforts and learn so much about Africa and its wildlife.
We learn so much about ourselves and about the world when we travel. ACE ensured that my daughter’s first experience of travelling abroad on her own was amazing!! I have no doubt that she will treasure the memories forever and the experience will give her the confidence to try new experiences in the future.
I would advise anyone with a sense of adventure and willingness to work in a team to have a look at volunteering on any of the ACE programs.
I’ve been back four times and each time my experience has been unique and exceeded all my expectations.
My days with the vet were always full and exciting, with a new unexpected challenge each day; this could be a day trip to de-horn rhinos, capturing giraffe or staying back at the clinic looking after some cheetah cubs.
There is something quite rewarding in meeting people who share your views about conservation and like you who are willing to put some of your own time into making some slight difference.
It may not be helping on the front-line to stop the poaching but helping it is, not for one's own satisfaction but for the good of the Rhino species as a whole and we would recommend it to anyone.
ACE coordinated this for us as well as implementing all of the connecting travel arrangements. They were a pleasure to deal with, beginning with Ellie in the main office in the UK. She and I had several phone conversations before finalizing which projects my husband and I would participate in, as I wanted to make sure our (mature) ages would not be an issue.
ACE is an amazing organisation and I would definitely recommend going on one of their trips. ACE was there right when we arrived in South Africa and also when we left to make sure we were okay, safe, and well taken care of. You really get treated like family with this organisation and get to participate in the most unforgettable and life-changing experiences. I already can’t wait to go on another trip with ACE!