Louise de Waal

Louise de Waal

Louise has a PhD in environmental management and a long history of teaching and research in an academic environment. She has travelled extensively throughout eastern and southern Africa and has 15+ years’ experience working in the sustainable tourism industry and in Africa specifically, among others as the founder/MD of Baobab Travel, an UK-based tour operator of tailor-made African holiday packages and one of the first tour operators in the UK to be certified by Fair Trade Tourism. Her passion for sustainability has never faded and she now works as an independent sustainable tourism consultant with specific interest in wildlife and conservation. She is the driving force behind the #HandsOffOurWildlife campaign, which aims to create greater awareness around issues of unethical and even cruel captive wildlife interactions by educating the public and the tourism industry at large.

Botswana’s elephant poaching c

Botswana’s elephant poaching crisis under scrutiny

Reports of elephant poaching in Botswana are under the spotlight with various claims in national and international media that the current adverse situation is driven by anti-poaching budget cuts, disarming of anti-poaching units, poachers being spoilt for choice with wildlife finding a safe-haven in the country, and even the trophy hunting ban.

Skye is the limit – the Kruger

Skye is the limit – the Kruger lion hunt saga continues

Outrage, secrecy, abomination, controversy, suspicion, and cat and mouse game, are some of the verbalisations around the events linked to the lion hunt in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve bordering Kruger National Park (KNP), of what is believed to be Skye, leader of the Western pride.