The Women Leading the Way in Adventure Travel
Meet the Women Leading the Way in Adventure Travel
These are the independent women and female teams who ignite our passion for travel, fuel our fire for conservation, and make us feel at home no matter how far away we really are.
Here at Outside GO, we believe that travel is about more than the number of stamps you can accrue in your passport or how many lenses you take on safari. It's about the individuals, families, and teams behind the experiences that bring our journeys to life. Not surprisingly, women are at the heart of many of these life changing experiences. Here are just a few of the powerful ladies inspiring us at GO.
Fabia Bausch has been an inspiration for our team at Outside GO for years, and it's not just her fantastic safari style that has us in awe! As co-owner and operator of Chem Chem Lodge in Tanzania, Fabia and her partner Nicolas have transformed their 50,000-acre private concession into a paradise for wildlife as well as an educational center for local communities. Together they employ over 50 rangers who rehabilitate elephant migration routes and protect an area that is home to populations of lion, giraffe, and cheetah. In addition, Fabia and Nicolas have established education projects that provide classroom materials, as well as and recreational efforts such as their women's club and local soccer league for kids. Together with an unbelievable safari experience for guests, this is the way conscious tourism is meant to be.
"We wanted to [create] a place that not only protects a valuable migration route, but also allows you to slow down…to take the time to immerse yourself in precious moments. Somewhere you can pause and smell, hear, and discover the rhythm of Africa." –Fabia Bausch
Going on safari isn't just about seeing epic wildlife. The people we meet along the way are equally as important. The camp manager of Dunia Camp in Tanzania, Angel Vendeline Namshali, is one of those individuals who makes the safari experience whole. As a young girl, Angel refused to settle for less. With dreams of going to university, she excelled in class and even received a scholarship to secondary school. But unfortunately her father, with six children, was unable to afford the fees for her university education. Angel persevered and turned her focus to a career. Before long, she landed a job at a hotel where she was in charge of a linen cupboard. It didn’t take long before her supervisors fast tracked her to reception and ultimately a management role—unusual for a local Tanzanian woman. Now she is the manager of Dunia Camp, where she has been for four years with a passionate team of women working along side her. Guests who meet Angel and her team are delighted to be welcomed by such friendly hosts who make them feel right at home.
“Angel is testament to the fact that given the right chances, with the appropriate support, women can succeed. She is the manager of a pioneering, almost entirely female staff camp who are smashing through a glass ceiling and becoming role models in their communities, delighting guests along the way.” –Asilia
There are a lot of things that make Sweni Lodge in South Africa's Kruger National Park a spectacular destination. The contemporary modern design with just the right touch of safari flare, the Sweni River drifting by peacefully outside your suite, and the incredible wildlife that surrounds you at every turn. But Sweni Lodge is home to something special—the Sweni Super Team. This group of mainly female hosts make the Sweni experience something that guests write home about. As lodge manager Angelique Helmchen describes, “I firmly believe that when you have happy staff you will have happy guests.” This is an ethos that is palpable with just one look at the video their team has shared with us below. We hope you enjoy the energy of these astounding team members that has so inspired us!
“There is a lot of singing—a lot of laughter. We almost work and play at the same time.” –Lucky Legong
THE WOMAN SAVING AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
We go behind the scenes to interview Katie Rowe, co-owner of Sarara Camp in northern Kenya. Katie is the founder of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, a community owned and operated care and re-wilding project that looks after the elephants who drive a healthy local ecosystem as well as tourism dollars. We catch up with her about what it takes to start such an endeavor and how the local Samburu women are playing a role that will impact many generations to come.
"We are opening a door to a world of possibilities where women are equally entitled to working on their own land, protecting their own wildlife."
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