The European Safari Company specialises in experiential nature based travel across Europe.
While the word 'safari' has become synonymous with Africa, we offer equally as wild adventures right here in Europe, from the Arctic north to vast eastern forests and rugged Mediterranean coast.
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.
The European Safari Company offers unique adventures that directly support nature, wildlife and local cultures in unique places across our continent. Places 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.
The European Safari Company is a nature travel company where travelers contribute to rewilding and nature conservation. With each trip, as a nature traveler 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.
Growing up, Aukje enjoyed nature mostly from horseback, which instilled a love for wandering in wild spaces. She holds degrees in Law and History, but when working in these fields ceased to inspire her, 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 reaching out to and supporting local communities. Her tourism dollars were helping families out of poverty or helping them build their own sustainable communities.
The unspoilt beauty of the mountains in Ethiopia had a profound impact, and she observed the full extent of heavy mountain tourism in her own backyard: the European Alps.
When she finished her biking expedition, Aukje started working as the Director of non- profit organisation Respect the Mountains. In five years she grew the organisation beyond the the Netherlands and brought the message and live events to the European Sustainable Mountain Tourism market.
Aukje now works as the Operations Manager for The European Safari Company, 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.
Pooja is from from the southern part of India and is currently doing an internship at The European Safari Company. She has completed her studies and worked as a Digital Marketer for a couple of years in Cognizant, India. She has recently moved to the Netherlands with her partner. Apart from her professional life, she loves to travel and is very passionate about singing. There's a saying " Travelling- leaves you speechless...then magically...turns you into a musical storyteller!". She is very excited to work in an adventurous environment.
Chatresa ('Chez') is a Communication Science student of the University of Amsterdam, undergoing his third year of his bachelor’s degree. Part of his studies includes doing an internship and he proud to say that it is at the European Safari Company! He is looking to sharpen his marketing and public relation skills. His goal for the company is to further increase its online presence on social media as well as aligning our profile as much as possible with our brand culture.
Chez has always been a nature lover and is passionate about bringing people to enjoy nature as well. He truly believes humans can find peace in between natural landscapes.
Vania is from Indonesia and is currently doing her Master of Cybersecurity at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Even thoughhery daily routine is often spent behind the laptop, she really likes to take random journeys in her spare time. From only ride a bike around the neighborhood, to taking the train and visiting another city. She also loves to try new things: every time she is in a new restaurant, Vania always orders something off the menu that is unfamiliar to her. Helping people to learn more about this kind of life-changing experiences - what The European Safari Company offers - is what makes her so excited to be one of our interns. She wants to sharpen her technical skills and, most importantly, wants to be part of the team that could bring a positive impact to people, nature, and care for wild spaces.
Rewilding Europe is a ground-breaking initiative, working to bring back wild nature to Europe in a way that benefits both nature and people. Launched in 2011, a team of conservation, enterprise and communication experts working from different European countries started pioneering a new conservation vision for Europe.
A vision where wild nature is not only recognized as an important and inherent aspect of Europe’s natural and cultural heritage, but as an essential element of a modern, prosperous and healthy European society in the 21st century.
Right now eight, (ultimately 10) rewilding areas across our continent are being developed as showcases for this new conservation vision. In these areas, wild nature and wildlife are allowed to come back and thrive, with new nature-based economies that are built based on these new wild values. This, in turn, creates incentives for local people to further support rewilding of the area. Together with our local partners, we are investing in the future natural landscapes of Europe. As of 2016, the Rewilding Europe team involved over 70 people working from 17 different European countries, including board members and ambassadors.
Rewilding Europe is focused on achieving tangible and meaningful results in the different rewilding areas where we work. Working together with like-minded local partners, our main goal is to rewild 1 million hectares of land over a 10-year period. In the eight areas that are currently operational - each of which covers at least 100,000 hectares, we have developed 10-year visions and strategic action plans that guide our work on the ground.
Rewilding Europe combines new and innovative ways of conservation, using enterprise development to build a business case for wild nature. A key factor in our success to date has been our advanced communication and marketing efforts, in which we reach out from a local level to wider European audiences and EU policy makers.
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