Recently Christine Boecker attended a conference on conservation and responsible, sustainable travel in Africa. Most inspirational was the story told by the Director of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode – who is actually a Belgian Prince!
As a conservationist and anthropologist, de Merode focuses on supporting African wildlife rangers in remote and difficult wildlife reserves, and is instrumental in protecting the Gorilla population in the D.R.C. de Merode now lives at the Virunga park headquarters – far removed from any princely residence in Europe!
Along with being named National Geographic Society’s Explorer of the Year in 2015, de Merode is perhaps most widely known for the 2014 movie ‘Virunga’, which follows a team of brave individuals who risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas in the chaos of civil war.
Although the D.R.C is currently under a travel advisory for Canadians, we can still support this worthwhile cause by visiting the Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, and by creating some awareness of the dire situation across the border.
The Gorillas are ready for you … are you ready to meet them?
Christine Boecker CTC (Certified Travel Counsellor, Canada) was born in South Africa, lived and worked in Africa as well as Europe and now calls Vancouver, British Columbia home, where TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES was established in 1996 and has been active in the business of arranging wonderous journeys for almost 40 years now.
Tailor-making authentic travel experiences for discerning travellers with a sense of adventure is Christine’s forté, and her first-hand travel knowledge will serve you well when planning your African safari.
Working with the best, hand-picked travel partners in Africa, choosing camps and lodges according to your preferred style of travel, and always keeping your comfort and safety front of mind is top priority. Her local insight, creativity, attention to detail and service with a truly personal touch make Christine Boecker the expert Safari travel planner. Learn more…