Intrepid partner with South Africa’s Black Mambas

Intrepid Travel has recently engaged in an impactful collaboration with the Black Mambas, South Africa’s pioneering all-female anti-poaching unit. In time for World Female Ranger Day on 23 June, this partnership highlights the remarkable role of women in conservation and the transformative effects they have on their communities.

Since 2013, the Black Mambas have been a formidable force in the Greater Kruger National Park, dedicating their efforts to safeguarding wildlife and empowering local women. Their relentless patrols have significantly reduced poaching incidents while promoting female leadership in conservation.

Darrell Wade, Chairman and Co-Founder of Intrepid Travel, emphasizes the profound influence of this alliance: “Through the Intrepid Foundation, we’re not only supporting the critical conservation work of these courageous women rangers but also helping to empower communities and showcase how tourism can be an immense force for good when done right. The Black Mambas are an inspiration, and we’re honoured to amplify their story and mission as part of our commitment to make travel a source of positive transformation in the world.”

Meet the Black Mambas

Intrepid Travel provides a unique opportunity for travellers to engage directly with the Black Mambas at their headquarters and join them on patrol, available on three of Intrepid Travel’s South African itineraries. This immersive experience allows travellers to witness the dedication and passion of the Black Mambas firsthand, deepening their connection to conservation efforts.

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Intrepid Foundation’s Global Impact

The Intrepid Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Intrepid Travel, has raised over $15.5 million for global communities since 2002. Through partnerships with organizations like Helping Rhinos and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, the Foundation supports initiatives to curb rhino poaching, promote female empowerment, and protect wildlife.

A Broader Commitment to Responsible Tourism

Intrepid Travel’s collaboration with the Black Mambas is part of the company’s broader mission to support local initiatives that empower women and promote conservation. This aligns with Intrepid’s 2030 strategy, which aims to double its customer base to 600,000 and contribute 1% of revenue to purpose-driven initiatives. Clinton Els, Regional GM for Africa and the Middle East at Intrepid Travel, underscores the importance of this partnership: “Intrepid’s support for the Black Mambas through the Intrepid Foundation gets to the heart of our approach in southern Africa by using the power of tourism to uplift local communities, protect wildlife, and provide economic opportunities.”

By supporting the Black Mambas and sharing their story, Intrepid Travel aims to inspire more travellers to make a positive impact on the places they visit. “As we work towards the ambitious goals in our 2030 strategy, partnerships like this will be crucial in demonstrating that responsible travel can enrich both the traveller and the places they visit. By introducing our customers to the Black Mambas’ important work, we aim to foster a deeper connection to the region and inspire more people to explore Africa in a way that leaves a positive legacy,” concluded Els.

For more information on Intrepid Travel’s South African itineraries and the Black Mambas experience, visit Intrepid Travel.

Kate Webster is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself but the world around her. This has inspired Kate to translate those moments and share them through her storytelling. A dedicated David Attenborough and Jane Goodall fan, Kate has delved into the world of wildlife and conservation travel to bring awareness.