Wildlife Tourism for Conservation

Explore the world’s wildest places alongside the people who protect them.

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure - with a positive impact. See how it works below.

1. Browse our tours and pick your dream destination.

2. Find an available date and book with our simple online platform.

3. Friends of Wallacea sends you all the information you need to complete your booking and prepare to travel.

4. Over 85% of all income goes to our partners to prepare your wildlife adventure and support conservation and research at the site.

5. You depart on the adventure of a lifetime. Return with jaw-dropping photos of the best wildlife and landscapes the world has to offer.

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Group hiking through a rainforest on a wildlife tour

How are we supporting conservation without travel?

About Friends of Wallacea

Friends of Wallacea partners with communities around the world to develop, market, and operate wildlife service tours and day tours that directly connect visitors’ spending to local economic growth and ecosystem stewardship. We are an initiative created in partnership with research organization, Operation Wallacea, to create opportunities for travelers to visit little-explored sites where only locals and scientists go. After all – this is where you find the best wildlife!

Despite the lack of international tourism today, we are committed to supporting our partners through online events, merchandise sales, and other fundraising to ensure conservation continues until travelers come back.

It's never too early to start dreaming of your next trip.
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Romania

Croatia

Our Impact

2020 was tough, so are proud of what we achieved in our first year of business

6

sites on 3 continents

90.28

% income sent to local partners

202.4

ha. protected by our sites

8

bears spotted in Transylvania

Stuck at Home? Take the time to learn how to make your next adventure responsible - and unforgettable

Brown Bear

Our Accommodations and Adventures

From research centers to luxurious eco-lodges, wildlife-viewing day tours to week-long jungle expeditions, we offer front row seats to nature as only the locals and scientists see it. Visit one of our sites to get off the tourist track and immerse yourself in untouched landscapes steeped in culture and teeming with biodiversity.

Yes, your trip has a positive impact on our communities – but you’ll also disconnect and relax in wonder as you become a part of the local ecosystem. Just don’t be surprised if a bear wanders across your path, or a monkey jumps over your head. They were here first after all!

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    Our Partners

    We work with NGOs, research organizations, and local and indigenous communities to develop wildlife tourism that supports conservation.

    Operation Wallacea (opwall) Logo
    WTSA (Work Travel South Africa) Volunteering Logo
    20000 Leagues Marine Explorers Society NGO Logo - Društvo istraživača mora 20000 Milja
    LTC - Linking Tourism and Conservation NGO Logo
    Guyana Tourism Authority Logo - South America Undiscovered
    Biota Group - Scientifically Based Nature Conservation Logo
    Fundatia Adept NGO Logo
    Wildlife and Ecological Investments (WEI) Logo
    Logo of Angofa Wildlife Tours partner in Romania
    Logo of Deep Blue Explorers NGO - Applied Atmospheric and Marine Sciences

    Browse our most popular tours

    $115.00

    Volunteer Placement: Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Research

    A unique opportunity to stay aboard the floating Rio Amazonas Research Station while studying the incredible biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon.
    This volunteer placement is for students looking to gain

    $65.00

    Croatian River Loop Half Day Tour

    Join a local scientist to get off Croatia’s beaten track and discover the hidden rivers of the Krka Valley.

    80.00

    Carpathian Bear Safari

    Explore the striking valleys of the Carpathian valleys at dusk to search for Europe’s largest population of brown bears.

    How do we measure our impact? Download our newest report from Romania to find out which species we spotted and protected in 2020.

    Front Page of the 2020 Angofa Wildlife Centre Report detailing our achievements and biodiversity records of fauna observation. PDF of full 15 pages available by email

    The report contains a complete record of all the amazing species we observed, drop your details here and we’ll send it straight to your inbox.

    2020 was a tricky year but we still got some great research done at the Angofa Wildlife Centre in Transylvania. Learn about the impact you could have if you come volunteer with us this year!

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        Photo of Kiran Volunteering at Silba Marine Conservation site

        I enjoyed my stay on Silba Island so much that I decided to extend my trip by an extra 2 weeks! Felt great to have a fun trip whilst also making a positive impact – my highlight was the underwater clean-ups of seagrass meadow full of plastic rubbish!

        - Kiran C.

        Photo of Natasha M in a boat, volunteering on our silba site

        I contacted Friends of Wallacea to see if there were any projects going on during Corona, as I wanted to do an internship as part of my Masters in Human Security. Thankfully they were very flexible and I was able to be part of some amazing projects in Croatia this summer. I gained a lot from the experience and I really enjoyed my time there!

        - Natasha M.

        Photo of Alina R volunteering at our Transylvania site

        I had an absolutely amazing experience and if ever I get the opportunity, I will make sure to let others know about you guys. Hopefully, I'll be going back to Angofa sometime soon!

        - Alina R.