Mantis Collection

Mantis is a leading, conservation-focused, hotel group with luxury hotels, eco-lodges and waterways experiences located across the globe. Sustainable travellers have been enjoying eco-tourism, safaris, and adventure travel with Mantis since 2000. Rooted in conservation, Mantis pursues sustainable business practices and develops tourism products that are respectful of the environment and communities in which they operate.

Acclaimed for its pioneering work in development, management, marketing, education and conservation, Mantis’s business model successfully combines responsible tourism, conservation, and adventure, which translates to one-of-a-kind travel experiences.


The Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) is a registered NPC whose founding sponsors are ACCORHOTELS / Mantis. These two hospitality companies recognise the urgent need for the tourism industry to play a greater role in conservation and community upliftment which will benefit Africa’s wild animals and wilderness at a time when both are under threat. Without Africa’s wildlife, wilderness and community involvement there will be no tourism industry in Africa, so this initiative has been created at the 11th hour both as an act of humanity and of pragmatism.

This grant-giving Foundation is registered in South Africa as a non-profit company and has uniquely brought together three internationally admired wildlife conservation organisations as its Founding members: Wilderness Foundation Africa, Tusk Trust and African Parks.

The CCFA acknowledges the key role played by rural communities and plans to establish a forum that serves as a platform for communities to participate and contribute directly to the discourse on development and biodiversity conservation.

The White Lion Foundation

The White Lion Foundation is a UK wildlife charity (TWLF) with an ambitious vision for the future of global wildlife conservation, aimed at world-class high-impact projects for the protection and welfare of wild animals. TWLF is dedicated to the support of scientific endeavour, and the engagement of communities through progressive education and awareness campaigns.

TWLF is fronted by some of the leading lights in Conservation and Animal Welfare; Adrian Gardiner, Shirley Galligan, Dr John Knight & SA based conservationist Brett Barlow.

Backed by a compassionate and highly skilled team our charity ethos is to work with integrity, kindness and dedication in our endeavours to protect wild animals.


Twenty years ago Africa was in the midst of a poaching crisis. Black rhino were on the brink of extinction (just 2,000 remained) and the African elephant population was being slaughtered at a rate of 100,000 each year, just for their ivory. Drastic times required urgent action. Tusk was established in response to an urgent need to halt the decline in Africa’s natural heritage and find a way to combine the interests of
people and wildlife alike. Tusk promotes the conservation of all African wildlife and particularly the protection of endangered species. Tusks holistic approach to conservation also recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependent on sustainable human development. At the end of 2005 Prince William announced his Royal Patronage to the charity.

Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation forms part of a global network whose main aim is to protect wilderness areas. Recognising that the protection and sustainability of South Africa’s unique wilderness areas and natural heritage is dependent on socio-political and economic conditions within society, the Wilderness Foundation takes a holistic approach to implementing its mandate for conservation. Focusing on four main programme areas (Conservation; Social Intervention; Experiential Education and Advocacy & Awareness), the Foundation creates opportunities to encourage, plan and protect wild lands and wilderness, uplift the knowledge and lives of citizens and stimulate an environmental ethos among current and future leaders.

Helping Rhinos

Helping Rhinos is a UK based charitable organisation dedicated to preventing the rhinoceros from becoming extinct. They aim to achieve this by focusing on two key areas, best summarised by our mission statement:

‘Creating awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raising funds to help protect them for future generations’

Since 2008 the number of rhinos killed by poachers has increased by around 50% year on year. If this trend continues an animal which has walked on this planet for 50 million years will become extinct within the next 15 years. Helping Rhinos is committed to working in partnership with key strategic field projects that will make a difference in the fight against the poachers and ensuring all species of rhino can be enjoyed in their natural habitat by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

For more information on the work of Helping Rhinos and to find out how you can make a difference in the fight to protect the rhino from slipping towards extinction.

Born Free

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care. Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. Working together with the Born Free Foundation, Worldwide Experience volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to conservation by providing first-hand assistance to maintain the sanctuary. Every little helps and you can expect to get involved with anything from eradication of alien plant forms, to assisting the veterinary surgeon.

Shannon Elizabeth Foundation

The Shannon Elizabeth Foundation believes that the greatest achievements in conservation derive from cooperation and collective support for common goals. To this end, the Foundation is forging close associations with numerous renowned organizations around the world. The Foundation also has a grants program that supports reputable organizations through an application process. The Foundation also has a grants program that supports reputable organizations through an application process.

The roots of the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation reach back to 2001 in Los Angeles, California, when Shannon Elizabeth founded the non-profit Animal Avengers. By 2015, her awareness of broader conservation issues, particularly the developing poaching crisis in Africa, had grown to the extent that she wanted to help more animals and on a much bigger scale. This prompted her decision, in 2016, to settle in Cape Town, South Africa.


Our tree-planting charity partner Greenpop is on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. They plant trees and have fun doing it! They run urban greening, reforestation and conservation farming projects, spread environmental awareness wherever they go, and activate people through green festivals and workshops.

The social enterprise was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 100,000 trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) will celebrate its tenth year in New York City, screening more than 100 films, including many world premieres, from every corner of the globe on October 15 through October 25, 2020  Taking place at the Cinema Village Theater near Union Square, the Festival draws an international audience, film producers, scientists and wildlife conservationists from around the world to showcase their films and participate in panel discussions and Q&A’s.

The mission of the WCFF is to inform, engage and inspire wildlife conservation through the power of film and media. The WCFF is the only public film festival on the globe devoted to wildlife conservation and for independent filmmakers. Annual events are held in Los Angeles, New York and Monterrey Mexico. Partner events take place in Brazil, China, Finland and Nigeria.

Giltedge International

Giltedge International is an owner-managed, medium-sized and fully accredited Travel Management Company (TMC). Operating within Sure Travel with their own IATA licenses. Giltedge provides highly-skilled people, leading-edge technology, powerful supplier relationships and proven solutions to your travel portfolio.

Giltedge’s core services include corporate travel management for their national and international corporate clients, as well as a VIP leisure solution for requests like honeymoons, luxury safaris, adventure and group travel. They also provide Management Information provision, 24/7 after-hours and emergency service, Travel Policy creation expertise, Duty of Care provision and Service Level Agreement development capability.

Giltedge Travel Africa

Giltedge Africa is a luxury inbound tour operator specializing in tailor-made holidays and safaris to Southern Africa, East Africa, and the magnificent Indian Ocean islands.

Giltedge is passionate about sharing the best of this beautiful continent; and pride themselves on their professionalism and outstanding levels of service. This has sealed their reputation as an authority in African travel, and they have been voted “South Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” no less than 8 times at the annual “World Travel Awards”. Along with years of experience and training, their team of Africa Travel Experts regularly visits the best safari destinations and can give first-hand tips and travel advice.

Giltedge Africa is part of the Giltedge Group, a South African private company co-owned by our directors Sean Kritzinger and Murray Gardiner, and Accor; Accor is an augmented hospitality group listed in the CAC 40 index in Paris and the largest hotel group in Europe.

Worldwide Insure

Established in 1993, Worldwide Insure offers trusted low-cost travel insurance for global single & annual multi trips. Worldwide Insure are aware of all the different types of placement experiences we offer and the types of activities that take place on our experiences. It is compulsory for all our travellers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance. By taking out travel insurance you are covering yourself against travel risks such as lost or stolen luggage, cancellation cover (should you not be able to travel due to unexpected circumstances or medical reasons) and most importantly, unexpected medical costs abroad.


The WaterBear Network is the first interactive video on-demand platform dedicated to the planet. WaterBear is built on three pillars; Watch, Join, & Save. WaterBear Network subscribers will be able to WATCH and be inspired by premium content, JOIN a fast-growing global community through our advanced interactive media
platform, and take action to help SAVE the planet by participating in and contributing to local and global initiatives.

Our mission is to connect, inform and empower individuals, companies and other organizations across the world to take actions which will have a positive impact on our planet.

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign with around 300 travel industry partners aimed to educate and ensure British travellers stay safe and healthy abroad. The campaign was launched in 2001 to promote key messages including adequate travel insurance, country travel advice and more as well as a checklist full of practical trips for having a safe and enjoyable time.

Fund My Travel

If you are ready to start planning your trip but discouraged by a financial roadblock, Worldwide Experience has another solution for you. We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, who provides us with an online platform where you can fundraise for your meaningful travel experience. You create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story!

FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff that will help participants reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread your word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Click the button below to learn more and get started!

Gap Year Travel Store

The Gap Year Travel Store is an online store where you will find all the travel essentials you need for your conservation trip, from a backpack to store all your luggage to mosquito repellents and nets to help keep mosquitoes and insects at bay! They have an exceptional offering of lightweight and compact gear for travelling, and their team of travel gear specialists are always on hand to give you kit advice. Whether you’re unsure about sleeping bag season ratings, which mosquito repellent you need or which backpack would be best for your trip, they’re there to help!