Galloping Gnus Newsletter

Africa Adventure Company Making A Difference – Page 10

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Zimbabwe Schools: We continue to sponsor 450 children at three schools near Hwange as part of the Children in the Wilderness feeding program. We identify children from here to also sponsor their high school education. Our annual donation is use d to support monthly payments for internet connection.

Tanzania Schools: Schools we have partnered with are located near Arusha, Kilimanjaro foothills (Ndarakwai), Tarangire and Karatu.

Tanzania Scholarships: We have an education fund for over 35 children of the Tanzania guides who take our clients on safari. 
 
Kenya Schools and Scholarships: AAC has an ongoing sponsorship commitment of four years for high school students at the Moi High School near Tsavo (Kenya). We also sponsor a Maasai Camp assistant to attend College in Nairobi as he works towards his guiding license.

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Tanzania Guides: We give an annual Guide of the Year award to  recognize a wildlife naturalist w ho h as excelled a t t he high est level.  Ephata Lotashu an d Hillary Mandia have won f or 2013!

Botswana Guides: We sponsor the opportunity f or camp guides to work up their specialist knowledge providing them with private guiding opportunities that our lucky clients enjoy on a complimentary basis.

Children in the Wilderness: An inspirational pro ject for local children to attend and be hosted for 3 day sin Wilderness  camp sin their five regions. We focus on and support  the  Zimbabwe children.

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Mana Pools Bushlife Conservancy: We give a yearly donation on behalf of all the clients we have booked at Vundu Camp for their ongoing work with the park rangers and wild dog research.
Mother Africa Organization: We continue to donate and support their community and conservation projects in Matobo Hills.

Wilderness Wildlife Trust: We are major supporters of Wilderness Sa faris in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Beyond the outstanding safari experience they deliver, we know that for every bed-night we book with them, a portion of the price goes to the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. This is a true commitment to sustainable photographic tourism.

OUR PUBLICATIONS

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FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES
Our hard working Air Department, led by Bill Rivard and Janet Coffigny,
is always on top of the newest flight services and routings for your Safari of a Lifetime!
RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO READ
We are always on the lookout for new books that engage our passion for Africa.
Below are some of our recent favorites.
“We need new Name” – NoViolet Bulawayo
“Love, Life and Elephants” – Dame Daphne Sheldrick
“A House in the Sky” – Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
“Africa’s Finest” – Colin Bell and David Bristow
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HERDS OF GNUS
What a year it has been for the staff at AAC! Our AAC family has grown this year as we  welcome three new members to our herd, Jessica Fraser, Sylvia Feil and Kollin Buchholz.
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Six members of our AAC Team traveled to Tanzania this past October – LtoR Sarah, Jessica, Saskia, Karen, Allana + Monica.

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Please vote for AAC on the Survey. Travel+Leisure is offering voters for the 2014 World’s Best Awards an opportunity to win a $10,000.00 dream trip to the destination of your choice (an African safari we hope!).
We encourage you to vote and show your support for the Africa Adventure Company.

We appreciate your help with this. Your loyalty and enthusiasm for Africa Adventure Company is always appreciated!  http://tlworldsbest.roiresearch.com/.

Nicholas Nolting (Mark and Alison’s youngest son) spent part of his summer on our voluntourism projects at Mother Africa and Children in the Wilderness before ending at Vundu Camp in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, with Specialist Guides Nick and Desiree Murray. This is his thank you note to them.

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Dear Des and Nick,
I just wanted to take the time to formally thank you for inviting me on a “trip of a lifetime” back in July. I can’t thank you enough for making the offer for me to stay an extra month and sometimes I bet you ask yourself why you did that. The month with you guys really opened my eyes to the real Africa not just the “luxury tented camps” out in the middle of nowhere….

I can now tell my friends that turn their nose up at me and say “you went where?” about this absolutely wonderful place across the ocean that is nothing like what they hear about in the news…It’s so hard to put how Zimbabwe and how my trip was in words because of how special it was…

Now I’m home with all my friends, technology, school, football, and most importantly my family and I often look back and miss the worriless life out in the bush. 
 
The trip with the two of you is a reminder to me every day that there is more to life than just high school and x-box. I don’t know how to thank you enough for giving me his opportunity and I truly hope you both find the time to visit us.

Thanks,
Little Nick
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Jonathan, our sponsored Maasai Camp Assistant, who is attending
college in Nairobi to get his guiding license.
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