Our Story

Back in 2000 we started off as a small independent safari specialist called Real Africa. 

Our holidays were in the style of travel we enjoyed with our own families, and were those that we would recommend to our friends. They focused on wildlife and the natural world and used local guides and services wherever possible.

With a love of all things wild,  our travels took us beyond Africa and soon we were booking trips for our repeat clients to all corners of the world through our Real World programme.

Travelling back and forth to Africa, as well as to other parts of the world, we were increasingly aware of the growing impact of both the illegal wildlife trade and climate change. Wildlife densities were lower,  severe weather events were more common and there was increasing pressure on protected areas and communities living in close proximity to them. This was most evident in Asia.

We wanted to do more to safeguard the wildlife and wild spaces we loved, and to empower the communities living alongside them and so we set up a charitable trust in 2007. 

Over 20+ years our structure and focus has changed but a passion for the wild remains at the heart of everything we do. 

Today we are a registered UK charity (No.1177505) Explorers Against Extinction. Our travel brands are Real Africa, Real Asia and Real Americas. Booking responsible wildlife travel through us is one of many ways to support conservation.

Robert Ferguson

Rob has worked in special interest travel for over 30 years, more than twenty of which have been spent running Real World Travel & Conservation. Rob's career in travel started in the Himalayas, as a mountain guide. He has travelled extensively worldwide, but admits to a particular passion for Asia, particularly Nepal where he has spent a lot of time. He is the author of the Footprint Travel Guide to Nepal, published February 2017. Rob has also travelled to Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Tibet, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. In 2020 he trekked to Everest Base Camp in aid of Explorers Against Extincton. Rob is co-founder and trustee of the charity.

Sara White

Sara has over 25 years’ experience working in long-haul travel and conservation. Sara's travelled extensively in six continents - her travels in Asia include India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Sara is inspired by her personal wildlife encounters, like the one with the manta ray pictured. Sara heads up our partner travel network and is a co-founder and trustee of Explorers Against Extinction alongside Rob.