Are you an adventurous traveller, who loves nature and wildlife, and wants to see it protected? It is not always easy to find a travel agency that combines adventure and enjoyment with a dedication to nature conservation and support for local communities. But what if you could make Europe a wilder place, just by going on a holiday?
The concept of the European Safari Company was born in 2017 from the need that arose within Rewilding Europe’s areas for a platform to show the world the beauty of these destinations. We offer unique adventures that directly support nature, wildlife and local cultures in unique places across our continent.
We offer safaris in laces where nature is still thriving or bouncing back due to rural depopulation, legal protection and rewilding efforts. Places that have the opportunity to build a new future based on their unique setting, landscapes, wildlife, local culture and people.
Travellers with the European Safari Company not only experience some of Europe’s finest nature, but directly learn about and contribute to rewilding, and support local communities. Dedicated levies from each booking support rewilding initiatives, while local nature-based businesses benefit from income, job creation and developmental support from Rewilding Europe.
Ethical approach to wildlife watching
Wildlife is observed from a safe distance, bearing in mind to have as little impact on the animals’ natural behaviour where possible. Strict rules of engagement, attraction and monitoring of animals in the wild are followed. We do not support the hunting or persecution of wildlife and aim to have a low level of impact on all wildlife when in nature or elsewhere in relation to our supported areas and partners.
Rewilding Europe Levy
5% of your booking sum goes directly to the local Rewilding Europe organisation. This is used to fund local projects, such as bear corridors in the Central Appenines, European bison release in the Southern Carpathians, or developing wildlife reserves in the Velebit Mountains.
Train before plane
If you live in Europe, it is often possible to reach our European destinations by train. And while we do not book your transport to the safari starting point for you, we are happy to help if you run into problems finding the best travel option. We recommend www.raileurope.com to help plan your trip. You will be able to find the best point of entry in the ‘Trip Details’ section of each safari.
If you book a safari with us, you are free to choose your own transport to the starting point of your safari. This can be a bigger city, but is very often a small rural village that is hard to reach by public transport. If public transport is not an option, the second best option is to rent a (hybrid!) car and drive to your destination. Rental cars can be easily booked via websites such as www.carrentals.com. Please make sure you check insurance.
Reduce the CO2 emissions of your journey
While CO2 offsetting may not be the answer we are looking for, we still believe that it has a role to play in the current travel industry. You can arrange your personal offsetting for instance through here: www.myclimate.org. While we look for more long-term solutions, we can already start changing our (travel) behaviours by, for instance, cycling more often, eating less or no meat, flying less frequently to faraway destinations and choosing used over new items. After all, what you don’t emit, you don’t need to offset. You can often considerably reduce the CO2 emissions of your journey with a few simple steps, without compromising your travel experience.
Growing up, Aukje enjoyed nature mostly from horseback, which instilled a love for wandering in wild spaces. She holds degrees in Law and History, and she discovered true adventure travel while cycling from Tanzania to the Netherlands. This once in a lifetime experience opened her eyes to the importance of supporting local communities. Her tourism dollars were helping them build their own sustainable communities. When Aukje finished her biking expedition, she started working as the Director of non- profit organisation Respect the Mountains. Aukje now works as the European Safari Company's Operations Manager, where she can combine her love for travel and nature. She aims to help guests not only to enjoy a wonderful holiday, but also to come closer to nature so that they can, in turn, use their tourism dollars to care for wild spaces.
Irene is the Reservations and Operations Assistant at the European Safari Company. She moved to the Netherlands two years ago and has a bachelor's and a master's in Tourism Management specializing in nature-based tourism and sustainability. She has written both her thesis about ecotourism and loves to keep in touch with any new developments on the field. In her free time, she sings in a choir, runs, and hikes. Her favourite adventures so far have been visiting 13 out of the 15 Spanish National Parks, paragliding in Turkey, hiking and camping in Norway for a month and walking the St James Way in Northern Spain. Irene deals with marketing, communications and reservations within the European Safari Company.