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!"
After a childhood spent travelling much of Europe and a handful of adolescent road trips around the continent, James has explored Southeast Asia by moped, with the two-wheeled obsession continuing on his next expedition in 2011, this time riding a motorbike solo from Buenos Aires into Chile, up through Bolivia and Peru, and finally to Ecuador, visiting Easter Island, the Atacama Desert, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands en route.
A year as a freelance travel writer ensued, as did a two-week trip to Namibia, where James was first bitten by the ‘Africa’ bug, and time spent working in the wildlife voluntourism sector. In late 2013, James spent time writing for an ecolodge in India’s Jim Corbett National Park, before three months in Botswana, based in the Okavango Delta, working for a helicopter safari company. He has since been based in London in the travel industry, punctuated with trips to Uganda and Rwanda to see the gorillas, walking safaris in South Africa, an overland drive from London to Mongolia and numerous trips to the forested corners of Europe.
Passionate about conservation and the potential of rewilding, James is keen to help make sustainable travel benefit the environment and empower local people.
A qualified Wilderness Trails Guide with extensive guiding experience in Southern Africa and Romania, Georg brings an international flare and passion to the guiding word in Europe. Spending the last few years guiding and training in the Tarcu Mountains, he has been instrumental in developing nature based experience in the Bison Hillock region. Originally Georg grew up in Germany and went back after school to become a Safari Guide.
With a love for wilderness turning into a passion for the conservation work around it he has dedicated his time and energy to contributing his share to what he believes to be a global responsibility. With a special interest in tracking, birding, environmental familiarity and wilderness ecology, the guiding experience is diverse and forward thinking.
Georg loves sharing his knowledge, guiding skills and experiences with like-minded people in the wild.
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.