Orbis Expeditions is a family run Educational, Experiential & Philanthropic Travel company.

Operating exclusively in Malawi, Orbis provides specialised planning and logistical support for School Expeditions, University Field Trips, Charity & Adventure Challenges, Donor and CSR Groups as well as Independent Travellers.

Concentrating around tailored Educational Workshops & Challenge Events, we work in partnership with inspiring Community Initiatives offering immersive learning opportunities for students & businesses to gain an insight into key global challenges facing rural communities in Africa.

A Taste of our Brand Manifesto

We are committed to creating sustainable growth through social enterprise, reducing the dependence on the aid industry and driving tourism generated income to rural communities. We believe that empowering Malawi’s people through tourism offers a chance for communities to develop out of the poverty cycle.

Our People
Dom Webb
Dom Webb
Director
UK
Dom set up RSC back in 2008 after working in various Safari Lodges across East Africa and after seeing a gap in the market and the future of 'Responsible Tourism'. After eight years in Malawi, Dom is now based in Devon, UK and heads up Orbis Expeditions, the UK Sales & Marketing branch. Married to Kate and father to Sam & Emmie, Dom's passion for Responsible Tourism in Africa resonates throughout the company.
Kate Webb
Kate Webb
Director
UK
Kate completed her Masters in 2008 and worked as a teacher before joining RSC full time. She is passionate about the RSC Brand, Staff Development and building sustainable community partnerships. Married to Dom and mother of a cheeky two year old boy and a 6 month old daughter, Kate juggles being a full time mum with her passion for RSC.
Elizabeth Bailie
Elizabeth Bailie
General Manager
Malawi Team
Elizabeth travelled throughout East Africa during her degree in International Development, before three years in the Indian Ocean and a course in humanitarian Project Management. She is a co-founder of Mwenya Uganda; an NGO combining charity and social enterprise and founder of TheCoolGraduate.com; a unique platform of inspiration for students and graduates.
Innocent Kaliati
Innocent Kaliati
Senior Sales Consultant
Malawi Team
Before joining RSC, Inno managed a small eco-lodge in Central Malawi and a hotel in Cape Town. As well as a Senior Sales Consultant Inno also works alongside Kate on the project side of RSC and brings with him fantastic local experience in community mobilisation and a true passion for sustainable tourism. Inno recently climbed Mulanje Mountain and is keen to take on more Malawi Challenges!
Ivy Chinkhuntha
Ivy Chinkhuntha
Sales Consultant
Ivy’s passion for tourism grew from a young age when she used to read the SAA in flight magazine from her Father’s travels! This drove her to explore other countries by pursuing her Tourism Management studies in Namibia. She is full of life and believes in Sustainable tourism and she is happy to be part of this dynamic team that is practicing such. Give her a fresh fruit juice and you can chat to her about Tourism development the whole day!
Margaret Kalindekafe
Margaret Kalindekafe
Admin Officer
Malawi Team
Maggie holds a bachelors degree in Education Humanities and Masters degree in Business Administration and has always had a passion for community development and tourism. Inspired by RSC’s community tourism, Maggie is thrilled to be part of a team that strives for sustainable tourism and the growth of economic development. Maggie handles all administrative issues and oversees our linked projects.
Ekari Mtewa
Ekari Mtewa
Accountant
Malawi Team
Upon completing his studies Ekari was determined to work for a company that he felt passionate about. Starting as a book keeper Ekari is now the company accountant and his passion for RSC shines through with his dedication to making the numbers work as well as his involvement in all areas of the company in Malawi.
Andrew Kayuni
Andrew Kayuni
Logistics Officer
Malawi Team
Andrew was the first to join the RSC Team. He has explored each and every district of Malawi, from the north to the southern region as our Head Guide and Logistics Manager. For the past eight years, Andy has been Kate and Dom’s right hand man in Malawi! Andrew particularly loves working with our corporate clients and Scottish school groups (he even has his own kilt!)
Osborne Phiri
Osborne Phiri
Guide
Malawi Team
Ozzie has worked as a guide/driver in Malawi for the last 15 years. He has guided individuals, families, corporate groups as well as students all over Malawi and Zambia. Ozzie really enjoys working with RSC and always looks forward to new experiences and meeting people from around the world.
Wellington Chisambo
Wellington Chisambo
Guide
Malawi Team
Wellie holds a Bachelor of social science in community development and has driven and guided throughout Malawi and also into Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is fantastic at guiding student groups and always gets wonderful feedback as being a ‘key member of the team!’
John Kayuni
John Kayuni
Trainee Guide
Malawi Team
John has been working with us part time for 3 years, alongside his Logistics and Transport studies at the weekends. Always smiling, he’s inspired by RSC’s journey and is happy to be part of a company that works to end poverty and promote sustainable tourism.
Joseph Makwakawa
Joseph Makwakawa
CISER Project Leader
Community Partner
Joseph is the founder of Community Initiative for Self Reliance (CISER). His role includes providing leadership to the team of dedicated young people whose passion is to serve the rural communities. Through links with RSC, Joseph is a leader in ecotourism and environmental awareness in Malawi.
Blessings Makwakwa
Blessings Makwakwa
CISER/RSC Project Coordinator
Blessings has worked with Community Initiative for Self Reliance (CISER) as a Field Officer since 2011 and is currently the Coordinator on the School Sponsorship Programme and Eco–Tourism Initiatives. Blessings is a student mentor and coordinator for eco-tourism and youth events.
Mc Blessings Buda
Mc Blessings Buda
YODEP Project Leader
Community Partner
Mc Blessings is the Executive Director of YODEP. He is passionate about working with young people, listening to them and helping to provide guidance on how to overcome their problems. Mc Blessings strives to make YODEP a leading youth organization in Malawi.
Joy Mwandama
Joy Mwandama
YODEP Project Coordinator
Community Partner
Joy and McBlessings started YODEP in 1998 with the aim to motivate young people to use their skills and knowledge so as to make the world a better place to live. Joy has initiated various community development initiatives that are benefiting over 11,000 people in his area and is always keen to tell visitors all about YODEPs fantastic work!
Our Impact

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

RSC is committed to ensuring the protection of Malawi’s ecosystems through our ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme.’ 1.5% of every booking goes towards protecting the ecosystems you will benefit from during your stay in Malawi. Since 2013 RSC has donated $11,281.15 (confirm KW xxxxxx) to assisting local conservation, environmental and cultural preservation initiatives.


Communities - RSC actively supports 3 Community Based Organisations.

  • Construction Projects: Community Clinic. Secondary School. Community Hall. Secondary School
  • Installation of water to 4 lakeside villages benefitting 16,000 people- community owned.
  • Overseen installation of water pump and maize mill in two communities, Blantyre.
  • Solar Powered IT Centre benefitting 100 students and 40 teaching staff in first 6 months.
  • Implemented 3 ecotourism programmes and 1 homestay programme
  • Assist sponsorship for 15 students and implemented a mentoring scheme to support their progress at secondary school.

Staff Impact

  • Two staff members have gained their driving certificates
  • Business management diploma for Head Guide
  • Maize Loan Scheme to support all RSC Staff 
  • Business Management Degree and Accountancy Degree (Match Funding)
  • 4 x 4 Advanced Driving Course for Guides (Top Gear, SA Team)
  • Safari Guide Training and Driving in National Parks (Robin Pope Safaris, Majete WR)
  • Sales trips for Malawian consultants across Malawi and South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
  • Inaugural flight for sales staff (Ulendo Airlink)
  • Low season placements for students from Malawi Institute of Tourism
  • MASM Healthcare cover for all staff.

Those who travel with us

RSC facilitates continued support between clients and the communities they have visited. We ensure a sustainable support programme is offered that leads to long term support and income generation for the communities we work for. 2013-2016 RSC facilitated donations have totalled $36,500.


Our Statistics
7,500 +
(2009 - 2016)
Travellers
$13,500
(2013-2015)
Funds donated to Malawi Conservation
16,000
(YODEP, CISER)
Community beneficiaries
$36,500
(2013-2016)
Facilitated Community Donations
Inclusive Business Practice

Inclusive business in tourism can be defined as tourism that increases business linkages between people from low-income communities and tourism-industry actors for long-lasting mutual benefit.

Inclusive business in tourism stands for a distinct attitude. While pro-poor tourism is deemed as “tourism that results in increased net benefits for poor people”, inclusive business has as its goal the collaboration of companies and poor people as business partners in order to achieve mutual benefits. Conceptually, it incorporates development goals into business strategies and is therefore well-suited to collaboration between the private and public sectors. Nevertheless, many useful insights can be gained from the literature on pro-poor tourism.

Inclusive business in tourism offers one means of achieving sustainable and responsible tourism. Whereas responsible tourism is deemed as that which “maximises the benefits to local communities, minimises negative social or environmental impacts and helps local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species”, sustainable tourism involves the commercial perspective in achieving the so-called triple bottom line of sustainability. Inclusive business differs once again in its attitude: it focuses on the impact of tourism on poverty without losing sight of environmental effects and commercial viability.

Our Story

Dom and Kate’s Story

Started in 2008, The Responsible Safari Company (RSC), is a family owned business headed up by Dom and Kate Webb, a British couple passionate about offering Global Citizenship experiences to Malawi which both benefit local communities and offer unique trips to intrepid travellers.

This is their story...

Sitting around the camp fire at a small safari lodge in Uganda back in 2005 the idea slowly crept up after a few too many G&T's. Full of the dreams of Africa and slowly starting to learn about the tourism industry (after three months relief managing a Safari Lodge in Kenya, a year in the Ugandan bush managing another and 9 months traveling through the continent) we were hungry for adventure and determined not to return to our old lives in London!

It was Dom who first fell in love with the continent - travelling to rural Kenya in his gap year. Meeting Kate a few years later he persuaded her that instead of leaving London to sail round the world she should really come to Africa - 3 months later they left London and arrived with backpacks to start a year of travel from Nairobi to Cape Town - by any means! A three month stint in a lodge in Kenya, followed by 9 months of travel using buses, bicycles, mopeds, boats, hitching lifts and crossing 7 borders they made it to Cape Town on the back of a vegetable lorry....Kate was hooked.

18 months later they were living in Uganda and sitting round the camp fire pondering their next step. Kate had just finished her Masters degree in International development and Education and Dom was itching to take the next step into starting his own venture. With Kate’s passion for working with local communities and Dom’s passion for travel and tourism they decided to combine their two loves and create a company that offered 'Experiential Travel to the more discerning traveller'. The Responsible Safari Company was born.

They arrived in Malawi 3 months later, Kate had a job lined up at an international school and Dom had the number of someone to speak to at immigration - how hard could it be to set up a company in Africa? Harder than they thought! It took 6 months to get registered and a lot of hoops to jump through, but the first enquiry came through on Christmas Eve and two years later Kate stopped her teaching job and joined Dom full time on the business to run the accounts, marketing and projects. They were joined by an incredible team of passionate young Malawians who remain at the heart of RSC today.

The couple married in 2010 and currently live in Devon, UK, heading up the UK Marketing branch, Orbis Expeditions, and are so grateful for the decision they made that night around the fire in Uganda