A purchase with a purpose

YOUbuy, WEgive is an initiative by The Safari Store to bring about constructive community upliftment and conservation. Every time you buy a product listed with the YOUbuy, WEgive stamp, we'll make a contribution to conservation and communities in Africa.

Without the beautiful reserves and wildlife of Africa, there would be no safaris. Wanting to share our love of Africa and giving people the best experience of the continent long into the future runs to the core of what we do - and conservation is a natural extension of that. Doing good through business, the YOUbuy, WEgive initiative is our way of giving back to Africa - and helping you do the same.

For every item you purchase with the YOUbuy, WEgive stamp, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of our conservation and community initiatives. Find out more about how your purchases are making a difference to reserves, wildlife, and communities in Africa by exploring our YOUbuy, WEgive projects.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park manager, Jabulani Ngubane, holds up part of a Wonderbag and a microphone as he speaks to a local community about reporting poachers.


The Safari Store has teamed up with Wonderbag and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to bring a YOUbuy, WEgive initiative to life. Find out how one simple concept can help local communities and protect our rhinos.

Through our YOUbuy, WEgive initiative, we aim to give back to conservation and communities living on the outskirts of game reserves.

For every Mara&Meru™ Safari Voyager Bag we sell, we donate a Wonderbag to one of these communities. Each Wonderbag has an embroidered message in the native language of that community along with a USSD code that they can use to safely and anonymously report any suspicious activity relating to poaching. To top that, the Wonderbag team have decided to match our donations, which doubles the impact.

Once we have gathered enough bags (at our first activation we gave away about 300 bags), we head to a community chosen by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife where the enthusiastic and passionate teams work together to introduce the wonders of the Wonderbag and talk about rhino poaching and the USSD code.

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A woman holds up a Wonderbag to show a crowd what it looks like and how it works


The Rufiji™ APU Boots (Anti Poaching Unit) are comfortable, hardy, and reliable and, with every pair sold, we donate a pair to anti-poaching units in South Africa as part of our YOUbuy, WEgive campaign.

These boots are made in South Africa from genuine leather with sturdy rubber soles. Designed with the needs of the APU in mind, they are built for days of walking through rivers and bush. These brave men needed shoes that are comfortable and durable - and these boots go beyond fulfilling those needs - but where did it all begin?

It started with passion: passion for wildlife and the strong desire to protect it. We wanted to help, but couldn't exactly run into the wilderness with guns - so Steve approached the men who could. After meeting with the anti-poaching unit at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and their officer-in-chief, Jabulani Ngubani, we set about designing the Rufiji™ APU Boots with our Rufiji™ shoemaker. By combining a new classic boot style with wildebeest hide, we came up with the prototype for the boots and then we sent the boots to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi to see if they would actually work in the field.

Since then, the boots have undergone thorough testing by APU member, Zenzele Tembe. He walked a total of 480km on patrols in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi before reporting back to us with positive results. According to Zenzele, the boots are 'very suitable to the dry savanna land and are light on the feet'. Tactically, he says the boots are 'ideal as the footprints can be easily concealed'. He says the shoes are 'soft but protect the feet from the rough terrain'. He also noted that they 'dry fast which is ideal for rainy days and walking through rivers'. His feedback inspired us to do more and donate more and we launched the YOUbuy, WEgive initiative to give you, our client, an opportunity to get involved.

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A group of armed anti-poaching men patrol through a riverbed in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
Passion for wildlife and the strong desire to protect it
Close-up of a wire Acacia tree


Creating crafts for conservation. These unique acacia trees are made from snare wire which has been collected by anti-poaching units from various game reserves in Zululand, South Africa. The proceeds received for the sale of the SnareTrees then go back to the game reserves to protect wildlife through their de-snaring and anti-poaching programmes.

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An Acacia tree made from wire


Extensively used and slow to degrade, the global accumulation of plastic is alarming. We all need to adjust our attitudes to this product which is harmful to humans, the environment, and wildlife. We are working hard to eliminate plastic from all of our packaging. Our whole team have gone green and so can you.

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Four canvas and leather bags on a rock outdoors. Two are packaged in canvas bags.
Shop for a satchel that converts into a backpack
A beige cap with the words 'The Safari Store Trust' embroidered on the front.


The Safari Store Trust is used to fund conservation and community projects. These funds are collected through the sales profits made from a large selection of our products.

Where do the funds go?

Instead of simply donating those funds, we approach communities and game reserves to ask what they need. Whether it be a water tank or funding towards new fences, we put our money where it is needed most.

How can you help?

You buy, we give. Buy any item with this YOUbuy, WEgive logo and a percentage of the profits will go into The Safari Store Trust which is dedicated to conservation and community upliftment.

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A YOUbuy,WEgive logo with a waterbuck emblem.


We are very particular about the calibre of goods we send through to our clients - and this extends to our bino rentals. Once these binoculars have too many nicks and scratches for our liking and where they are still fully-functional, they join the realms of the retired rentals. Combined with our abiding desire to make a meaningful contribution to conservation around Africa, the availability of these surplus binoculars served as a catalyst for the Retired Rentals Project.

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A pair of Vortex binoculars resting on a canvas satchel bag against a tree.
Two images showing men from Lunga camp using a foot pump to pump clean water from a nearby river.

Lunga Camp foot pump:
Thanks to the funds accumulated by our YOUbuy,WEgive initiative, we are able to make meaningful donations towards hard-working anti-poaching units. This foot pump was donated to the anti-poaching scouts at Lunga Camp in Zambia so that the scouts could safely and easily draw water from the river.

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