Prince William will revisit Africa, the place where he proposed to Kate Middleton years ago, as part of his involvement with the Royal African Society.

The dad of three took over the role from Queen Elizabeth II last year after she served as patron for 64 years. But during his upcoming trip to Namibia, Tanzania, and Kenya.

During a recent gathering, Prince William opened up about his passion for Africa and protecting the country’s wildlife.

“I first fell in love with Africa when I spent time in Kenya, Botswana, and Tanzania as a teenager. I was captivated and have been hankering to get back as often as possible ever since. That is why, when you kindly asked me to become the patron of the Royal African Society last year, it was a pretty easy offer to accept. I am delighted to be speaking to you tonight just before I travel again to Africa later this month on a working visit to Namibia, Tanzania, and Kenya,” he said (via Hello!).

More specifically, Prince William expressed his sadness over the number of elephants and rhinos that have been illegally slaughtered throughout the years.

“The illegal wildlife trade also has a devastating human impact. Too many brave rangers are tragically killed each year by poachers. Communities see their tourist livelihoods threatened. This is why I am committed to doing what I can to help end this terrible, global crime. This will be a particular focus of my upcoming visit to Africa, and of course the conference on the illegal wildlife trade taking place here in London in October,” he said.

Middleton will reportedly not join Prince William on his trip to Africa because she will stay in London to be with their three children. Middleton is also on maternity leave at the moment since she just gave birth to Prince Louis in April.

Emily Nash, a royal correspondent, told Hello! that the family of five’s next public appearance together may be during the holiday season.