Conservation Lab - "Building a stronger bridge between leaders in travel, rural communities and conservation - in order to ensure that travel is the preferred and celebrated economic model in conserving Africa's wildlife."
Since 2016, Conservation Lab has united more than 400 of the brightest minds in the industry - from NGOs to lodge owners; rural community leaders to philanthropists and filmmakers - to meet, share insights and forge solutions to conservation's most urgent issues. What's more, for every Conservation Lab pass that is purchased, an additional ticket is given to someone who would not ordinarily be able to attend. This ensures the event is as diverse - and accessible to as many different people - as possible.
Held at Spier Farm in the heart of Stellenbosch wine country, Conservation Lab takes place over three days each year. From Friday to Sunday, up to 180 delegates are invited to actively participate in keynote talks; panels; intimate workshops and impromptu discussions.
Vision - Conservation Lab sees a future where the travel industry is a viable economic model for conservation, generating maximum benefits in Africa's wilderness areas.
Mission - The event gathers cross-industry innovators to achieve its primary mission: to shape travel to be a stronger force for conservation.
Purpose - Conservation Lab believes that travel should be recognised as the industry offering the best economic model and most long-term potential for Africa's biodiversity, wildlife and rural communities to thrive.
Who attends Conservation Lab?
Conservation Lab's hand-curated community includes diverse global representatives from the following industries, with a focus on the broader African continent - conservationists, NGO's, community leaders, philanthropists, safari operators, lodge owners, international travel agents and tour operators, DMC's and tour operators based in Africa, conservation and travel media, young conservation game changers.