Conservation in Motion [CIM] is a division of MarkandAlisha.com offering travellers authentic encounters in Africa. We turn money into real conservation – Saving Species – Saving Habitats – Benefitting People. It’s a dynamic, contemporary model making the 21st -century #cool2conserve. Our excursions are designed to maximise effectiveness in the field and enhance the development of skills and capacity.
CIM – once in a lifetime experiences – lifelong benefits.
We’re travellers and, like you, we insist on good value and purpose-driven travel.
Encounters | Excursions | Social Programmes
SA Bird Trails
Despite the negative reporting, Africans have assimilated the importance of conserving the continent’s diversity and biodiversity. South Africa, one of 54 countries in Africa, is ranked 1st as Africa’s most competitive travel destination. South Africa is also one of the most biodiverse countries on earth. Our countrywide birding and special-interest tours reflect our ‘Travel with a purpose‘ ethos – People | Health | Environment. READ MORE!
RESTRICTED ACCESS – once in a lifetime opportunity!
Join a long-running programme, as a participant, to increase the range and status of cheetah. The project is dedicated to increasing the safe space and genetic diversity through proactive reintroduction and translocation. The project also addresses snaring, a significant threat. READ MORE!
RESTRICTED ACCESS – once in a lifetime opportunity.
A single, free-roaming Wild Dog pack is the last free-ranging pack in South Africa. The project, collaborating with a consortium of landowners, including livestock farmers – safeguards the pack by providing an early-warning system of the pack’s whereabouts. Revenue from restricted tourism is distributed back to landowners suffering predation. This is a unique eco-tourism model; an authentic conservation measure and key to the pack’s survival. SEE MORE!
Pangolins in Peril
Trade-related threats severely impact the survival of the world’s Pholidota – of which only the Cape Pangolin is resident in South Africa. Join the survey team conducting research on South Africa’s pangolin population – an opportunity not usually afforded members of the public. The programme’s focus is to save the species through targeted intervention and to build capacity to prevent wildlife crime. READ MORE!
A hoot for Pel's
RESTRICTED ACCESS – once in a lifetime opportunity!
The Pel’s Fishing-owl programme protects irreplaceable riparian habitat. Join the team assessing the overall health of the Pel’s Fishing-owl resident in suitable riparian habitat along the Olifants and Blyde Rivers. The project is trialling new bio-acoustic devices to ‘eavesdrop’ on the river in an effort to establish the presence of new, as yet undocumented, populations of Pel’s Fishing-owl. This is an opportunity for enthusiasts unequalled, anywhere. READ MORE!
7 of Africa’s 11 vulture species are listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered of Endangered. This project, dating back to 1973, maintains a monitoring and tagging programme across South Africa, including the Kruger National Park. Join the team playing a pivotal role in revising the Bearded Vulture Biodiversity Management Plan and the Kruger to Canyons team monitoring the Hooded Vulture. GPS-tracking and tagging provides for an in-field experience that is truly unforgettable. READ MORE!
Crazy about cranes?
Africa’s cranes are the ambassadors for the conservation of wetland and grassland ecosystems. Join the team working with the International Crane Foundation to reduce threats to the cranes’ wetland and grassland habitat. This programme manages catchments for the benefit of local communities and cranes. Attend a ‘Cranes in the Classroom’ lesson aimed at encouraging school-goers to use creative thinking to understand the world as an integrated system. In-field activities include aerial surveys, satellite-tracking and the monitoring of nests. READ MORE!
The SOAR [Saving our African raptors] project focuses on research to improve the protection and core-foraging habitats of 14 breeding pairs of African Grass Owl on the Highveld coal belt. Uncontrolled fires burnt 45% of the study site to the ground in the last breeding season. Join the research team conducting the first rehabilitation trials to recover suitable habitat for this flagship, indicator species. READ MORE!
The Karoo's Rabbit
The Drylands programme protects the biodiversity of the Karoo. This is innovative, underpinned by science and involves the local communities. Join the team conserving the critically endangered Riverine Rabbit in its last-remaining strongholds. The project identifies and protects viable populations and habitat through extensive mapping. The social impact of this project yields positive outcomes for resident communities. Attend a ‘Clever Rabbit’ class for pupils with learning disabilities. READ MORE!
Dugong in Bazaruto
The Bazaruto Archipelago is Mozambique’s most important marine conservation area. Join the team researching and conserving the endangered Dugong. The project employs a bottom-up approach to Dugong conservation by focusing on the protection of the seagrass ecosystems in which these animals feed. The research team utilise Baited Remote Underwater Videos [BRUV] to survey the seagrass ecosystems. READ MORE!
Amathole's Border Barb
The Amathole Freshwater Species Conservation Project manages key freshwater ecosystems. Join the team rehabilitating the Tyhume River system, home to the endangered Border Barb and the Eastern Cape Rocky. The removal of the exotic Black Wattle tree has had a positive effect on the populations of both species. 150 local households have received extra-income from project-related salaries. This project has significant social benefits and balances a development agenda with the conservation of ecological infrastructure. READ MORE!
The Knysna Estuary is South Africa’s most vulnerable estuarine system; the system that supports the largest population of Cape Dwarf-Eelgrass, essential habitat for the endangered Knysna Seahorse. Join the team working with the Knysna Basin Project trialling short-term mitigation solutions to conserve the Knysna Estuary. Two biohaven floating islands are used to reduce sediment from storm-water and river inlets. READ MORE!
For Frogs' sake!
The Threatened Amphibian Programme recognises threatened frog species as flagships for the conservation of freshwater habitats. Join the research team bridging the gap between research and on-the-ground conservation. This is the most ambitious project ever developed to combat the extinction of frog species from a plethora of threats, including climate change. The team focuses on practical and creative actions to halt the tide of frog extinctions. Egg-clutch counts monitor the breeding activity of the endangered Kloof Frog. READ MORE!
PHE - a snapshot
OUR MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO DATE
In 2015, 193 countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty and protect the planet. We recognise the critical importance of sustainable socio-economic development by unlocking opportunity through the Green Economy. We’re committed to our ethos of ‘Travel with a Purpose’ embracing Population, Health and the Environment [PHE]. Join us and our partners as we address the broader educational standards in the communities in which we work; fight wildlife crime and post positive, incremental gains in the conservation of species across habitats and geographies. READ MORE!
The Soutpansberg Protected Area [SPA] contains some of the highest levels of endemic species in the world. Join the SPA Field Ranger team in the commitment to removing snares, fishing nets and fish traps. This team patrols the Soutpansberg to protect sensitive medicinal plants. To assist the neighbouring community the SPA Field Ranger Team routinely sweeps community land for snares creating a snare-free buffer zone. READ MORE!
Energy infrastructure has devastating effects on wildlife. The Wildlife & Energy Programme [WEP] influences wildlife management policies positively with the aim of phasing out problematic hardware to minimise wildlife loss. Join the team improving line-marking efficiencies using remotely piloted aircraft or drones to reduce bird collisions. This cost-saving exercise reduces the need for helicopters. READ MORE!
Conservation Canines, under the Wildlife in Trade Programme [WITP] support anti-poaching units to protect South Africa’s wildlife. These trained, domestic dogs can follow human scent; can detect rhino horn, ivory and pangolin. Join the Black Mambas, an all-female, unarmed anti-poaching unit patrolling a large private reserve near the Kruger National Park. READ MORE!
RESTRICTED ACCESS – limited opportunity
Grassland species are widely threatened by mining, agriculture and urban development. The Threatened Grasslands Programme builds partnerships to ensure the survival of threatened grassland species. Join the team co-ordinating the studbook for sungazers. The team researches the climactic requirements of sungazers deploying data-loggers . READ MORE!
RESTRICTED ACCESS – lifetime opportunity
Shipping ports represent a challenging environment for law enforcement tasked with the prevention of wildlife crime. Searching cargo is logistically difficult. Join the team training African Giant Pouched Rats to detect contraband including rosewood and pangolin. These remarkable animals, in the early phase of training, have an 80% success rate. This innovative strategy may play a vital role in combatting wildlife-trafficking. READ MORE!
This program builds capacity in green enterprises and sustainable socio-economic development. This is an intensive, hands-on, internationally-recognised educational programme. Join teacher workshops and assist schools to implement action projects. Join the team up-skilling entrepreneurs to sell donated used-clothing. READ MORE!
PELAGIC BIRDING – a bucket-list experience
The pelagic birding off the continental shelf of Southern Africa is considered one of the best pelagic birding locales on earth. Join a local team on an excursion out to sea from various, seasonal ports of departure and experience open-sea birding at its very best. READ MORE!
Our focus is on the details – subtleties that create lifelong memories and; it’s in the details that we find the flexibility to allow our guests as much time as they need to explore. Long-stay – short stay… Our itineraries are unique.
We partner with class-leading service providers, only; experts in their field. Our network is the largest, fastest and most creative. We don’t layer costs or absorb the economies of scale. We do, however, pass on market-leading rates, backtest new products and scrutinise itineraries, destinations, activities and accommodation. We leave no stone unturned! Our attitude to anything, anywhere is tempered by one restriction only – We walk lightly upon the earth & we expect our guests to do the same.
Conservation in Motion promotes responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
Our footprint covers geographies in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.
Experience and interests can be mutually exclusive; – we believe in new things but we are, as people, equally unique. If happiness is choice, we cover the options. Select from our ‘hand-picked‘ or ‘elite‘ portfolios – our values; your peace of mind.
Special Interest and cultural plugins
Our Cultural & Special Interests Plugins cover the experiential components on the five colour-coded routes. Guided plugins are led by experts in their field. We also cover a host of other services including:
- Hotel transportation
- Baggage wrapping services
- Air & Sea charters
- Special needs requirements
- Travel companions for children
- VIP Security
Guests are met at the bottom of the staircase, or at the air bridge exit and accompanied to the immigration desk (International arrivals). Once the immigration profiling is completed, guests are accompanied to the baggage carousel for baggage retrieval. We will retrieve the luggage and accompany guests through customs.
Guests are assisted with their luggage and accompanied to the check-in desk; assisted through immigration and accompanied to a lounge of the guest’s choosing. Guests will be collected from the lounge for boarding and accompanied to the gate or provided with transportation to an aircraft positioned on a remote parking stand.
We offer a reliable airport meet-and-greet service at South Africa’s busiest airports, including: O.R Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
- Community projects
- City tours
- Interactive cultural experiences
- Performing arts
- Cycling – mountain bike trails
- 4×4 offroad
- Whitewater rafting
- Hot-air ballooning
- Quad trails
- Conservation projects
- Ornitholidays [Birding]
- Herpetholidays [Herping]
- Entomology [Butterflies & moths]
- Pelagic birding
- Private yachts
- Pelagic birding
- Island hops
- Golf tours
- Follow-your-team packages
- Cycling tours
- Game fishing
- Urban lifestyles
- Helicopter flips
- Hot-air ballooning
- 4×4 cross-country
- Motorbike – offroad / cross-country