African Heroes: The Heroes of Travel 2018

A passion for what they do makes these proud Africans and their acts of service an asset to our beautiful continent.

PRAVEEN MOMAN, VOLCANOES SAFARIS, UGANDA AND RWANDA

Expelled from his Ugandan homeland by dictator Idi Amin, visionary conservationist Praveen Moman later returned and in 1997 founded a company to revive gorilla tourism in Uganda and post-conflict Rwanda. He built four luxury lodges in the gorilla parks, training locals to run them, and pioneered sustainable programmes to promote and safeguard the well-being of the great apes. "We must keep giving back to the community, so they have a stake in the survival of the gorillas too," he says. See volcanoessafaris.com

These South African and southern Africans were lauded in The Heroes of Travel 2018, by Australian Traveller website – www.traveller.com.au

BEKS NDLOVU, AFRICAN BUSH CAMPS, ZIMBABWE AND BOTSWANA

The award-winning Zimbabwean guide founded his company in 2006 to run a series of luxury tented camps with a light, environmentally-sustainable footprint, and programmes to make sure local communities benefit from the tourism dollar. "We need to preserve culture as part of the safari experience," says the man who developed his love of wildlife through travels with his nurse mother, and is now acclaimed as one of the continent's best guides and operators – and one of its few black CEOs. See africanbushcamps.com

DERECK AND BEVERLY JOUBERT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORERS-IN-RESIDENCE AND FOUNDERS OF GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION

For 25 years this formidable couple has raised awareness about conservation by researching, filming, photographing and writing about wildlife. Their luxury camps in Botswana and Kenya have an ulterior purpose: securing and protecting land and corridors, thereby protecting critical species. Guests, they hope, will in turn become ambassadors for conservation. Most recently, Great Plains Conservation has partnered with AndBeyond to establish Rhinos Without Borders, which translocates rhinos from high-risk poaching zones to safer habitats. See greatplainsconservation.com and rhinoswithoutborders.com

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