Responsible Tourism

The people, who make Wilderness Dawning the company it is, all share a common passion – a distinct and undeniable love for Southern Africa. Each one of us realise that it is this region, this area, this ‘place’ that has shaped us, given us our unique lifestyle and allowed us the enthusiasm to do something that is challenging, different and extremely inspiring.

It has been this ‘place’ that has enabled Wilderness Dawning to operate, to a degree, with a specific sense of success … success that can be derived from, and indeed, be defined as an absolute belief in our purpose on this planet. This belief results in passion, and passion drives tenacity, perseverance, resolve, commitment and a fundamental understanding of people, the environment and the countries that make up this ‘place’ … this ‘place’ we are privileged to call home.

We are a Southern African based company and contribute directly to conservation through park entrance fees, taxes, and accommodation costs. We employ only from Southern Africa and are owned by Southern Africans … income generated remains in Southern Africa and we utilise only Southern African owned and operated properties.

It is our belief that all things are connected, that things become ‘one’ … be they people, land, oceans or animals … that the success of one cannot be at the expense of another … that land or people are not to be marginalized, denuded and made less … that we have an undeniable responsibility to all things … to all people … to all of this ‘place’.

It is to this ideal that Wilderness Dawning do the following … visits to the San Villages at Tsodilo Hills, resulting in direct income for these first-peoples.The local San people believe Tsodilo is the birthplace of all life, art there made by the descendants of the first people. Tsodilo’s geography, trails and grooves in the earth are known as the trails and footprints of the first animals, making their way to the first watering hole. A natural water spring at Tsodilo, near the Female Hill, is used as both a water collection site and a ritual site. It is seen as sacred, and used by countless peoples to cleanse, heal, and protect.

Wilderness Dawning sponsor and support Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers…All the stories written and published by Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers are based in Botswana. The intention is to record, share and reflect aspects of Botswana’s culture. Like all African nations, oral history has been the main medium for passing on Botswana’s history and folklore. As storytellers and historians pass on, this wealth of wisdom and knowledge goes with them the equivalent of a whole library burnt down. Botswana’s taboos, superstitions, beliefs is as diverse and as widespread as the cultures living in this country.

Women are predominantly custodians of culture, passing it onto to children in diverse ways that including storytelling.
Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers sees their role as a storytellers being to safeguard these dying ways for future generations, encourage a reading culture amongst young Batswana and sharing these stories with an international audience.

In short, an alternative record for “Keeping Botswana’s Heritage Alive!”