Explore with Purpose
Explore with Purpose
Besides our passion for high adrenaline adventures, and our love for learning about other cultures, traditions, and their history; the main reason we founded V&J is that with every itinerary or high octane levelled adventure we really strive to make a difference. When you travel with us you are supporting the planet, you can learn and assist hands-on in conservation projects, support antipoaching unites, wildlife orphanages and sanctuaries that protect the wildlife with their own life and make a difference.
We create remarkable journeys and private events among the most exceptional destinations, bachelor parties, birthdays, honeymoons, family reunions, a break with friends, or any other adventure. Nevertheless, we never neglect the ethics of travelling, the impact on the local community and environment. Leaving a positive impact with your presence is what we can define as responsible travel.
Clients that travel with V&J are very seasoned travellers, and walk with the question, what’s next? That’s exactly where we specialized ourselves in, to go beyond the exceptional. We combine the client’s inspiration and create itineraries combining educational and unforgettable entertainment that shows what meaningful conservation efforts look like and offers knowledge that enhances the whole experience.
Some of our activities can include: assisting in restoring coral reefs in the Maldives or the Fiji Islands; head into the African bush and help veterinarians and rangers with ear notching rhinos in South Africa; visit pioneering wildlife orphanages that rescue, protect and rehabilitate elephants, rhinos and many other wildlife in Kenya; discover the beauty of our underwater world such as the Cocos Islands or the South Pacific together with marine biologists and scientists and experience first-hand about the conservation of ocean life; or even volunteer and help in the conservation of sea turtles in São Tomé & Principe.
“Sadly, there are still a lot of so-called sea turtle experiences where tourists are allowed to engage in activities that represent a serious problem and are not really helpful.” – Vanessa Mestre
Through the last years we build a unique network of wildlife scientists, veterinarians, rangers, wildlife photographers and conservation projects that are experts in handling wildlife, so that you can interact with them on a way that you have never imagined before, and in a safe manner – creating truly life changing experiences.
Our ecosystems don’t just accommodate wildlife and beautiful sceneries, they also include local communities. Out of our experience, conservation efforts have the ultimate effect when the affected communities actively support and lead the work themselves. For example, in Kenya, locals that used to poach wildlife for their own survival are re-educated into rangers or wildlife day care workers that dedicated their lives now to conservation and preservation of wildlife and their environment; or the inhabitants of the Maldives of Moorea in Fiji that are restoring complete coral reefs; or even in in São Tomé & Principe, where former fishermen that used to hunt turtles are now part of the team that helps to preserve the species.
However, like we all are aware, most of the times in some countries there are funding constrains. To travel responsible or to “explore with purpose” helps and supports the much-needed protection efforts, such as training, or fund gear, food, supplies and maintenance for wildlife orphanages. By travelling with V&J you fund these conservation organisations and empower local communities to participate in and benefit from conservation.