Wilderness Safaris and Qatar Airways partner on conservation initiative

Guests of Qatar Airways and Wilderness Safaris will contribute to the reforestation of habitat in Rwanda thanks to a new partnership.

The luxury safari operator will plant 40 indigenous saplings on behalf of each Qatar Airways booking - a pledge the brand says will be enough to restore 100m2 of land in the critical buffer zone of Volcanoes National Park.

Wilderness Safaris will source trees from nurseries owned by local people and hire community members to plant them, making a direct, positive impact on the livelihoods of its neighbours. 

The Africa specialist has planted more than 60,000 trees to date around its Bisate Lodge, also in Rwanda, which it says has prompted the return of several species including golden monkeys, serval and, in 2021, a silverback mountain gorilla. 

In addition, Qatar Airways guests will be offered locally crafted amenities at select Wilderness Safaris’ camps, and be able to engage in conservation experiences that support surrounding communities. 

The partnership also includes an airfare discount. Guests of Wilderness Safaris who travel with Qatar Airways from the United States, Canada and Brazil to multiple destinations across the continent of Africa will be eligible for discounted business class fares, with $350 off each ticket.

Finally, the two brands will collaborate on developing photography, videos and articles that highlight their product from the perspective of seasoned travellers, conservation experts, community advocates and photographers.