We are involved in a broad range of charity projects, both throughout the continent and at home in the UK.

Charity focus

Yellow Zebra has been heavily involved in charity work since the birth of the company. It is something we are very passionate about.

We work with ethical companies, including safari operators and property managers who do their utmost to advance conservation in the areas where they do business. Conserving an area naturally leads to an improved quality of life for its communities, two- and four-footed alike.

Moreover, we guarantee that the costs of park fees and conservation or community permits included in our trips are paid directly to the parks themselves. To date, we have raised approximately $400,000.

However, we believe that both working with ethical companies and paying fees directly to parks should be standard practices for all safari tour operators. That’s why we have always given a little extra – and we would encourage others to do the same.

Here is a list of projects we have supported; further details may be found below.

2016    Yearly Corporate Friend to Project Playground, South Africa

2015    Year-round sponsorship of Team Rokka, an anti-poaching dog team in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

2015    £12,000 raised for CLEFT via our charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro

2014    £4,000 raised for our One to One campaign at a sponsors’ dinner in London

2014    71 children sent to school in Africa through our One to One campaign

2013    £8,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer at a legal dinner in London

2013    40 children sent to school in Africa through our One to One campaign

Project Playground, South Africa

In 2016, we saw our company grow; and with that, came the chance to expand our charity efforts to community development in South Africa. We are now proud Corporate Friends of Project Playground.

Project Playground is a non-profit organisation aiming to improve the life opportunities of children and young people. It began operating in South Africa’s townships in 2010. The vision is a safe world, where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the possibility of leading the life he or she desires. To achieve this, Project Playground seeks to inspire, motivate, and engage children and young people to access their inner strength and potential through organised social activities and sport with a focus on the individual.

The organisation believes that meaningful spare time builds self-esteem, ambition, and power of action; these are all excellent life tools. It aims to realise dreams, create employment, and provide great role models. It suggests that, only when you care about your own life and expect a bright future, are you able to break destructive patterns and overcome exclusion; and that these achievements resonate throughout South Africa as a whole.

Team Rokka, Tanzania

In 2015, we drew our attention to Africa’s most pressing wildlife crisis: poaching.

Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania is one of our favourite parks, but it is also one of the most threatened areas we know. Ruaha is an absolutely vast area of wild, pristine wilderness, where animals roam as they have done for thousands of years. With huge cat concentrations and enormous elephant and buffalo herds massing in and outside the park, it is a very difficult region to police efficiently.

To help preserve Ruaha’s wildlife, we put our focus on sponsoring an anti-poaching dog team to tackle poaching in the park. In 2015, the project was still in its early stages, but the team soon successfully identified hidden ivory! A donation from every trip we sold went towards funding the dogs. Working in truly wild areas of the country, in and also outside the national parks, teams like Team Rokka are the frontline in the poaching battle.

One to One Campaign, Malawi

From the beginning of Yellow Zebra, we guaranteed that each holiday we sold would pay for a child’s education for a year. We support a school in Malawi. So far, donated funds have amounted to the equivalent of sending approximately 150 children to school. All donations are given directly to our representative at the school, ensuring that all money makes its way to the intended recipient.

In 2013, it became apparent that our donations should be used in whatever way the school needed to use the money. In 2014 our funds were used to help build a dormitory, while 2015 saw our donations going towards a block of showers. In 2016 our donations supported the charity's goat project on Likoma Island, whereby 12 villages now have goats that will greatly improve the lives of the families on the island.

Cleft

Also in 2015, we raised £12,000 for CLEFT via a charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. CLEFT aims to research the unanswered problems in improving care for children who are born with a cleft lip and palate, supporting teams in several poorer countries. One of our founders sits on their Board of Trustees

Macmillan Cancer

In 2013, we held a legal dinner in London and raised £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer. This charity provides practical, medical, and financial support for cancer patients. It also strives for better cancer care.

If you would like further information about our charity work, please contact Catherine - our Head of Charity Operations - or any member of our team.