Pratik Patel, CEO of the Maisha Kikoti Tented Camp has announced the decision for the luxury safari camp to become part of a completely non-profit organization, the African Wildlife Trust (AWT)
TripAdvisor recently recognized Maisha Kikoti Luxury Tented Camp with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence. All Kikoti’s assets now fall under AWT and profits are to go directly to conservation.
AWT was developed out of concern for the poaching of elephant populations of Tanzania. This concern grew to an awareness campaign, the establishment of a specialized anti-poaching unit and a team of conservation consultants to focus on proactive, effective wildlife law enforcement.
AWT was founded by Pratik Patel, a third generation Tanzanian whose family has a successful and long-standing photo safari business. Pratik’s “on-the-ground”, day to day presence sets AWT apart from most.
Since first witnessing what is happening to elephants at a rate that can only lead to extinction, Pratik has spent a great deal of his own money in the fight to protect these majestic creatures.
Pratik recognized the need to build an organization capable of raising the funding required to fight poaching and protect Tanzania’s precious wildlife resources.
To celebrate the transition to becoming a charity the Kikoti staff are erecting a majestic driftwood elephant sculpture on the Kikoti grounds, with the assistance of a piece of driftwood from each guest staying at the lodge.
Kikoti’s intentions with this installation are not confined to simply representing an elegant animal, but to draw attention to the importance of saving the elephants in Africa and fighting the poaching crisis in every way possible.
The African Wildlife Trust founder, Pratik Patel, in collaboration with the Tanzanian government is also walking the epic distance from Arusha to Dar-es-Salaam in early August 2013 to raise awareness locally and globally regarding the urgent need for pro-active protection of threatened elephants and wildlife.