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.
Imagine knowing that your travels and experiences are not only benefiting you and your family but also the natural areas across Europe? This is one of our core values.
Bringing wild experiences to nature enthusiasts, in support of building local, nature-based economies, creating pride within local communities and allowing nature to thrive.
With a history in wildlife guiding and safari's across Southern Africa, Simon has spent the last three years working with the enterprise team in Rewilding Europe. While developing and helping new tourism ventures across may countries in Europe, the ever increasing need for proactive communication and marketing of Europe’s natural richness became evidently clear. With the development support and opportunity from Rewilding Europe, Simon has spent the last five months developing the European Safari Company.
Simon's experience in Southern Africa ranged from wildlife photography to professional guiding, before he moved into the marketing and sales world, and finally into product development and operations.
Taking on the lead role in launching and managing the European Safari Company through its early incubation period and into the future. "It's a really exciting development and the opportunity to lead the European Safari Company into its first year of operation during 2017 is a real challenge - and a great one at that!"
Growing up, Aukje wanted to be a veterinarian, since she loved animals and enjoying nature from horseback. Somehow, she now holds degrees in Law and History instead and spent most of her late teens and twenties at universities.
When working in these fields ceased to inspire her, she chose to seek adventure and traveled extensively in Australasia and North America, and then got on a bike to cycle from Tanzania to the Netherlands. This sustainable form of travel opened her eyes to the importance of reaching out to and supporting local communities. The unspoilt beauty of the mountains in Ethiopia had a profound impact on her, 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 horizons of the flatlands and brought the message and live events to the European Sustainable Mountain Tourism market.
Since this time, she held a freelance position with Salt Magazine as their Events Coordinator.
Aukje is very excited to start working for the European Safari Company and help it's guests come closer to nature so that they can, in turn, inspire their communities to 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.