Africa For Africa Conservation Alliance
We are a NPO, called AfricaforAfrica, that do community upliftment and wildlife conservation through protecting endangered species by collaring and monitoring the animals. We also do wildlife adoptions. Currently we are doing an upgrade of Somkhanda Lodge as a community upliftment program. Somkhanda is a community owned Big5 Reserve owned by the Emvokweni Community Trust.
The Gumbi community successfully claimed 35,000 ha of land in 2005 through the land reform process. When the Gumbis took ownership of the land, they decided to keep the majority of their land under conservation and create a consolidated game reserve that could be used as an economic engine to drive development in the community. In February 2009, this resulted in the first community owned game reserve to be formally proclaimed as a nature reserve; an incredible commitment to the conservation of natural resources under Inkosi Gumbi’s control.
The Somkhanda Game Reserve also became the first community owned land to become a partner in the WWF/Ezemvelo Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme, and a population of endangered black rhino were introduced in 2007.
Apart from the rhino population, the game reserve has valuable populations of leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, wild dog, nyala, zebra, giraffe and a variety of typical bushveld game. As a result of these achievements, Somkhanda Game Reserve is promoted as a flagship project for land restitution and transformation in South Africa, as well as an example of conservation-based community development.
With this funding for the lodge upgrade we will attract more visitors to the reserve. This in turn will generate a bigger turn over and more funds that can go towards the controlling Trust. They then ensure that the money is distributed into the communities surrounding the park.
We require approximately R 300 000.00 to upgrade this community lodge and to make their dream a reality.
Our wish list at Somkhanda Lodge