Care of the Land, Wildlife & People
From our greater conservation & community model down to the tiniest details of the activities that take place in our lodges every day, every decision that we make revolves around our core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, and Care of the People. These values have become an intuitive part of the way that we operate and, increasingly, are part of the reason why our guests find their experience with us so rewarding.
We believe in taking less and giving more and we apply this philosophy every day through actions big and small at each of our lodges. Whether it’s participating in the reintroduction of an endangered species like the black rhino, providing a market for local businesses to encourage enterprise development in a community or simply managing the vegetable peelings from our kitchen, we consciously look for ways to leave a positive legacy through all of our actions.
At &Beyond we believe in taking a shared responsibility for our future, as well as the futures of our children and our planet. Please read below for more on the details of how we do this in each place we operate.
Care of the LandSee all
An innovative conservation partnership AfricaSouth AfricaKruger National ParkNgala Private Game Reserve
The second of &Beyond’s reserves to open, Ngala Private Game Reserve was born in 1992 out of a unique three-way partnership between &Beyond, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) SA and the South …
The second of &Beyond’s reserves to open, Ngala Private Game Reserve was born in 1992 out of a unique three-way partnership between &Beyond, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) SA and the South African National Parks Trust (SANParks Trust).
In 1939, the Hoheisen family acquired land on the western border of the Kruger National Park in an area that was later established as the Timbavati Game Reserve. By 1995, the Timbavati Game Reserve covered some 62 000 hectares (153 205 acres), divided between 26 landowners. Hans Hoheisen donated his property, Ngala, to the WWF-SA in 1992, when tourism operations were leased out to &Beyond.
In terms of the agreement, &Beyond now leases the Ngala land from WWF SA and, in return, we pay a portion of our turnover to the SANParks Trust. This money has been used to expand some of South Africa’s smaller national parks in areas with exceptional biodiversity. The monies paid by &Beyond have enabled SANParks to establish the West Coast National Park, a high biodiversity region of international importance.
The then CEO of National Parks and CEO of Conservation Corporation, Dave Varty, concluded a mutually beneficial deal resulting in Ngala becoming the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the world-famous Kruger National Park, a model that paved the way for further private concessions within the Park.
Environmental sensitivity at Kichwa Tembo AfricaKenyaMasai Mara National Park
The Kichwa Tembo Green Team is engaged in the control of invasive alien plants within the camp surrounds and at the Oloololo gate. The lodge has its own vegetable garden …
The Kichwa Tembo Green Team is engaged in the control of invasive alien plants within the camp surrounds and at the Oloololo gate. The lodge has its own vegetable garden (shamba) which provides fresh salads and vegetables to our staff and guests. Maasai women from the nearby Kipas and Ndorobo villages are provided with technical and other support for the establishment of bee hives.
Understanding our impact
We show our commitment to “Care of the Land. Care of the Wildlife. Care of the People” by looking for ways to contribute and give more to wildlife spaces and …
We show our commitment to “Care of the Land. Care of the Wildlife. Care of the People” by looking for ways to contribute and give more to wildlife spaces and the communities that live adjacent to them. But we also believe that we can reduce our negative enviromental impact on the earth without compromising our guest experience.
We operate a high-yield, low-impact model by creating very small luxury lodges that can support enormous tracts of biodiverse land, which remains untouched and untrammeled. But, even though &Beyond ‘s footprint is very small (less than 450 bedrooms in total, which, in turn, support over 9 million acres of precious wildlife land), many of our lodges have a sustainability champion, who together with lodge managers, are custodians of our philosophy to “give more” and “take less”.
At every lodge and office we seek out small but meaningful ways of putting our values into action each day. We understand that delighting our guests is the most important thing we can do to sustain our business and thus sustain the wildlife areas we protect.
Over the years, &Beyond has introduced an environmental strategy to assess our lodges from a sustainability and conservation viewpoint. The lodges are annually subjected to an intensive sustainability audit to determine their environmental impact. This allows us to determine lodge-specified strategies to reduce that impact. Additionally, in order to understand and manage some of our impact, monthly measures are taken of the following eco-overheads:
- Water usage
- Electricity consumption
- Diesel and petrol consumption
- Gas and paraffin, charcoal usage (for illuminating and cooking)
- Firewood and charcoal
- Waste production and management
These statistics are collated and analysed in order to help identify problems, as well as to help lodges see how their innovations and savings have paid off. Efficiencies are identified and the lodges are set targets to improve and reduce their impact still further.
The champions and lodge managers look for new “take less “ ideas and, ways to reduce our energy consumption and carbon emissions, recycling initiatives, conservation awareness drives, water efficiency, elimination of exotic plants, addressing erosion, re-greening and many more. They are the drivers who ensure that each department, behind the scenes, finds practical ways of reducing our impact and creating a better company in a better world.
Care of the WildlifeSee all
Black rhino range expansion project AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
In a joint project with WWF, the Ezemvelo KZN-Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project selected &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve as the first release site for 16 black rhinos in 2004. The …
In a joint project with WWF, the Ezemvelo KZN-Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project selected &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve as the first release site for 16 black rhinos in 2004. The endangered rhinos have thrived in their new home, providing further evidence of the successful restoration of farmlands into prime wildlife habitat. Ecotourists frequently observe the black rhinos on &Beyond Phinda game drives and the reserve celebrated the birth of the first baby rhino in August 2006.
A decade of leopard research AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
As a direct result of the most extensive leopard research ever conducted in the world, the leopard population at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is now stable at 30 resident …
As a direct result of the most extensive leopard research ever conducted in the world, the leopard population at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is now stable at 30 resident adults. At the onset of the project there were only an estimated 15 to 20 resident cats due to the leopard mortality rates, the majority of which were caused by humans.
This increase in population density is the result of the findings and measures implemented as a result of the MunYaWana Leopard Project, a collaboration between &Beyond and Panthera, a USA-based philanthropic association focused on the conservation of the world’s 37 species of wild cats.
Regulations for sustainable leopard trophy hunting and a stricter system of permits for the control of problem animals were set up as a result of the study, resulting in a decrease in annual mortality rates from 40 to a more natural 13%. The success of the project can also be attributed to the introduction of a leopard management programme for cattle farmers and ranchers, providing them with training and support in alternative means of protecting their livestock from predators like leopard.
The research project has also studied the illegal persecution of leopards through snaring, poisoning and illegal shooting, as well as the trade in leopard skins. The team has studied the use of these skins within Zulu culture and the Shembe religion and has developed a low-cost fake fur that may alleviate the pressure on wild leopard populations. Phinda has imported 750 of these fake skins to introduce them to church leadership and have recently secured funds from Panthera to import and donate another 4 000 to church followers.
Ader’s duiker at &Beyond Mnemba Island in Zanzibar
The rarest antelope species in Africa, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) estimates that there are between 300 and 600 Ader’s duiker remaining in the wild. In 2005 five of these …
The rarest antelope species in Africa, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) estimates that there are between 300 and 600 Ader’s duiker remaining in the wild. In 2005 five of these antelope were introduced to &Beyond Mnemba Island, the ideal location for a breeding project due to having no natural predators and a good supply of food. Between 2005 and 2013, the duiker have tripled their number, with a population of 15 now living on the island.
Notoriously secretive, Mnemba is believed to be one of the only places in the world where these little animals can be spotted in the wild. Working with WCS, &Beyond has collected information on the duikers’ diet and behaviour and we hope that this will allow us to improve the breeding programme, leading to a further increase in the numbers of the species.
Cheetah breeding AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for some of the best cheetah sightings in South Africa. This most elegant and graceful of all cats was reintroduced to the land …
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for some of the best cheetah sightings in South Africa. This most elegant and graceful of all cats was reintroduced to the land in 1992, when five males and four females were brought in from Namibia. The reintroduction was carefully timed in order to give the cheetah time to settle before lion where brought into the reserve, the first time the two species had been successfully reintroduced into the same area. Since then, the cheetah have not only survived but thrived and Phinda now boasts South Africa’s fourth largest and most important cheetah population. Between 1992 and 2013, the reserve has seen 70 litters being born, with a total of 124 cubs. As a result of this healthy increase in the cheetah population, 53 animals have been relocated to other reserves countrywide in order to boost other populations while keeping Phinda’s cheetah numbers at optimal levels for the land size. The reserve’s cheetah are highly sought after, as they respect electric fences, are aware of lions and are habituated to game viewing vehicles.
The most intensively monitored and researched cheetah in South Africa, the population has been actively monitored since 2008, with additional males brought in to diversify bloodlines.
Monitoring of leopard in the Munyawana Conservancy AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
In order to establish the population density and dynamics of leopard at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and adjacent properties, a number of individuals have been radio-collared for satellite tracking. A full …
In order to establish the population density and dynamics of leopard at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and adjacent properties, a number of individuals have been radio-collared for satellite tracking. A full time researcher, working under the auspices of the World Conservation Society’s Global Carnivore Program, documents the movements and interactions of leopards in the area, making use of remote digital camera trapping technology. This is the first serious study of leopard ecology in a matrix of protected areas and hunting concessions.
Monitoring of birds of prey and other wildlife
Guides at &Beyond Grumeti are engaged in the long-term monitoring of eagles and vultures, as well as the troops of black and white colobus monkeys that live in the riverine forest along …
Guides at &Beyond Grumeti are engaged in the long-term monitoring of eagles and vultures, as well as the troops of black and white colobus monkeys that live in the riverine forest along the Grumeti River. Resident lion prides have been the subject of studies by our guides. These data and observation have been published by &Beyond and presented to the Serengeti Research Institute at Seronera.
Monitoring of leopard and other wildlife
Following the example of other &Beyond safari lodges, guides at Klein’s Camp have honed the skill of tracking and approaching leopards in such a way that these shy and elusive cats are …
Following the example of other &Beyond safari lodges, guides at Klein’s Camp have honed the skill of tracking and approaching leopards in such a way that these shy and elusive cats are relaxed in the presence of game-viewing vehicles. Individual recognition of territorial leopards is now possible and the movements, diet and behaviour of these animals is carefully documented.
Monitoring of olive baboons and other wildlife AfricaTanzaniaLake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is home to several large troops of Olive Baboon and these primates have been the subject of monitoring work conducted by senior Lake Manyara Tree Lodge …
Lake Manyara National Park is home to several large troops of Olive Baboon and these primates have been the subject of monitoring work conducted by senior Lake Manyara Tree Lodge guides. &Beyond guides work closely with Manyara National Parks rangers and warden.
&Beyond Mnemba Island marine conservation area AfricaZanzibar
&Beyond Mnemba Island is known for its coral atoll, which supports a variety of reef fish and other marine life. In 2005, &Beyond worked with the Zanzibar Department of Fisheries and members of …
&Beyond Mnemba Island is known for its coral atoll, which supports a variety of reef fish and other marine life.
In 2005, &Beyond worked with the Zanzibar Department of Fisheries and members of local Zanzibari fishing communities to form the Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area (MIMCA). In addition to other measures, this protected area officially demarcated specific areas for snorkelling, diving and fishing. The agreement also resulted in the introduction of a daily recreational fee for the use of these areas. The revenue generated by this levy was used to fund local community projects and benefit local fishermen.
One of the main objectives of the establishment of MIMCA was to reduce the incidence of net fishing in the shallow waters off the coral reefs and encourage fishing for fewer and larger species further out, in deeper waters. Several measures were introduced to encourage this practice.
The boundaries of MIMCA have now been extended to include a far larger portion of the Zanzibar coastline.
&Beyond continues to work with local villagers to implement localised and sustainable conservation plans, as well as to implement more effective netting techniques that don’t damage the reefs.
&Beyond Vamizi Island conservation & research
Conservation has been a strong driver at &Beyond Vamizi Island even before its six luxury villas were opened, with a Conservation Team present on the island from 2005. Home to one of …
Conservation has been a strong driver at &Beyond Vamizi Island even before its six luxury villas were opened, with a Conservation Team present on the island from 2005. Home to one of the world’s great marine archipelagos, this entire area is under threat. Along with the Vamizi conservation team, &Beyond uses our influence and expertise to protect it, focusing on reef conservation and on creating safe migratory routes for the endangered species that travel this coastline, from turtles to humpback whales.
Vamizi is renowned as a breeding site for green turtles, providing guests with the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures laying their eggs or the hatchlings making their first trip to the ocean’s edge. Supported by an on-site conservation team for more than ten years, the careful preservation of the reefs surrounding Vamizi has led to one of the dive sites accessed from the island, Neptune’s Arm, being recognised as one of the top scuba sites in the world.
Lion reintroduction research AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
Prior to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve’s establishment in 1990, resident populations of lions were last recorded in Maputaland in 1938. Between May 1992 and January 2003, 15 lions were released into …
Prior to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve’s establishment in 1990, resident populations of lions were last recorded in Maputaland in 1938. Between May 1992 and January 2003, 15 lions were released into the Reserve. Research conducted to determine the success and failures of the reintroduction has recently been completed, providing valuable information to the conservation world and paving the way for more incredible victories.
Monitoring of Phinda Private Game Reserve’s birds of prey AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
As predators at the top of the food chain, eagles and other raptors are important indicators of ecosystem health. As a means of monitoring the full recovery of &Beyond Phinda Private Game …
As predators at the top of the food chain, eagles and other raptors are important indicators of ecosystem health. As a means of monitoring the full recovery of &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve as a wild landscape, senior rangers are engaged in locating nest sites and documenting the breeding success of eagles, vultures, hawks and owls. This project is part of a regional study under the direction of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Bird of Prey Working Group.
Suni at &Beyond Mnemba Island in Zanzibar
The tiny suni antelope were originally brought to &Beyond Mnemba Island from Jozani Forest with the aim of diversifying and increasing the population of these rare little animals. Life has …
The tiny suni antelope were originally brought to &Beyond Mnemba Island from Jozani Forest with the aim of diversifying and increasing the population of these rare little animals. Life has been so good for the suni on Mnemba, where they have no natural predators, that they have been breeding twice, rather than once, every year. With numbers increasing so rapidly, periodical relocations of the species have ensured that there is enough space and food for the suni. Over the years, more than 250 suni have been moved to 13 sites throughout Zanzibar.
Suni numbers remain ‘carefully monitored and recently 15 new individuals were introduced onto the island to diversify the gene pool.
Oceans Without Borders
With an increasing number of factors affecting the health of the world’s marine resources, and experts predicting the collapse of global fisheries by 2048, &Beyond is expanding its focus on wildlife conservation …
With an increasing number of factors affecting the health of the world’s marine resources, and experts predicting the collapse of global fisheries by 2048, &Beyond is expanding its focus on wildlife conservation to include the protection and sustainability of our seas with Oceans Without Borders – a call to preserving our marine eco-systems.
Building on the positive influence it extends over more than 9 million acres of protected wildlife land, &Beyond has recently increased its portfolio of exclusive island lodges to now encompass, &Beyond Mnemba Island, off the coast of Zanzibar, &Beyond Benguerra Island, in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago and &Beyond Vamizi Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. All of these incredible destinations are situated within protected marine areas and boast a strong conservation focus.
Why has &Beyond founded Oceans Without Borders?
By connecting these three destinations, Oceans Without Borders will play a significant role in the conservation of 2 000 kilometres (1 243 miles) of wild African coastline.
- Care of the oceans falls within &Beyond’s core ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People. This three-pronged approached has helped us achieve exceptional results with our conservation projects on land and we are confident it will help us attain the same successes in terms of marine conservation.
- The success of our land-based conservation model has involved focussing on communities and their development as a strategy to ensure their buy-in for conservation and to mitigate their potential impact on the environment. Once community relationships have been established, we have been able to carry out focussed research projects on the reserves.
- Thanks to the success of this proven model, we have decided to implement a similar approach for marine conservation. &Beyond has engaged with the local fishing communities living near each of our island lodges in the belief that it essential for us to understand these people, whose livelihoods are largely dependent on the ocean.
- With three island lodges in our portfolio, marine conservation can now receive the same focus as land-based conservation projects.
- &Beyond Mnemba Island, &Beyond Benguerra Island and &Beyond Vamizi Island are all situated within protected marine areas and boast a strong conservation focus. By connecting these three destinations, Oceans Without Borders will play a significant role in the conservation of 2 000 kilometres (1 243 miles) of wild African coastline.
Oceans Without Borders Focus Areas
&Beyond has always believed that the land (or oceans), the people and the animals are inextricably intertwined. Just as ecotourism and the conservation of resources are vital for the future and prosperity of their people, so the support of those people is critical to protecting threatened ecosystems, endangered species and the precious biodiversity of the land and the oceans. Our conservation projects on land have been so successful because they have involved the people who live near the conservation areas, giving them a stake in the preservation of these resources.
Ironically, the very communities that rely the most closely on marine resources often pose the biggest threat to those very same resources. For this reason, at all three of our island lodges, our most immediate focus will be on reducing the local communities’ dependence on the ocean and giving them a stake in the preservation of the marine world.
- Education is a strong focus at all three lodges, with local communities taught how to ensure the survival of fish resources in the surrounding reefs.
- Working with our community development partners, Africa Foundation and Friends of Vamizi, &Beyond focuses on small business development as an alternative source of income to fishing.
- By helping to create vegetable gardens and farms, we attempt to set up alternative food sources for local communities to lessen their dependence on marine resources.
Monitoring and Research
Even in areas where marine resources are currently protected, monitoring and research is crucial to set a baseline which can be referenced over time to identify any potential threats in order to understand their impact. This then allows steps to be taken to minimise this impact and mitigate the threats.
While each lodge and their applicable partners will run their own initiatives, a coordinated project will consolidate findings. Although research is performed at each destination, no comparisons have previously been undertaken.
WHAT ARE WE MONITORING?
- Coral reefs are a vital indicator of the health of the earth’s oceans and are increasingly threatened around the world.
- The reefs at each destination are currently monitored by various partners of Oceans Without Borders
- We are investigating the best means of monitoring whale migration routes at all three islands. As conditions differ vastly between the three destinations, the effectiveness of using whale sonar equipment at each island to identify whale pods by sound is being evaluated.
- We are also looking into using hydrophones to record whale songs to identify the movements of individuals.
- At the lodges where whales are frequently spotted, we can involve our guests in using photo identification to help track their movements.
- Turtle nesting is currently monitored at Vamizi and Mnemba.
- &Beyond Vamizi Island is home to the oldest and only ongoing turtle monitoring project in northern Mozambique, which is managed by one of the longest-standing turtle monitoring programmes in East Africa. A dedicated team of Conservation Monitors records data and tags the turtles with a unique number that allows their movements to be tracked.
- &Beyond Mnemba Island is the only protected nesting site for the endangered green turtle in Zanzibar and one of few in the whole of Tanzania. &Beyond staff monitor turtle nests, protecting the eggs, hatchlings and the mother, and share their data with research organisations, as well as the government of Zanzibar.
Our Impact: The Protection of Endangered Species
With climate change, pollution and habitat loss all putting an increased strain on the world’s marine species, &Beyond believes that it is now more important than ever to protect the marine life in the oceans that lie off our island lodges.
- &Beyond Mnemba Island is home to the Ader’s duiker, the rarest antelope species in Africa.
- The numbers of the antelope have more than quadrupled since the introduction of five duiker to Mnemba in 2005, with an estimated 35 duiker currently living on the island.
- &Beyond is collecting data to improve the breeding programme and to work out the best population size to ensure the long-term survival of the duiker and the health of the island.
- A breeding project for these endangered antelope is run at&Beyond Mnemba Island.
- More than 300 have since been translocated from Mnemba to create new or boost existing populations in other parks.
- The number of suni has been carefully monitored and reduced by means of translocation to ensure that it does not impact on the Ader’s duiker breeding project
- &BeyondMnemba Island is home to a small but stable population of these largest of land crabs.
- Very little is known about coconut crabs and the island was home to the first study on them to be conducted in Africa.
- &Beyond Benguerra Island is home to the only population of the endangered dugong along the east coast of Africa, about 250 animals.
- Law enforcement and research on the island is managed by ANAC, the National Parks authority.
- Fishing nets and community fishing pose the single greatest threat to the dugong. &Beyond’s strategy to counter this is to work with local communities on establishing alternative sources of food and livelihoods other than fishing, thereby reducing the use of the nets.
- We are working with the local communities and the Africa Foundation on identifying the needs of the community and creating solutions. Vegetable gardens are already being created to solve some of these issues and we are looking at finding alternative protein sources for the local people.
GREY REEF SHARKS
- &BeyondVamizi island is home to one of the very few congregations of grey reef sharks on the east coast of Africa.
- All the sharks in the congregation are mature females and it is likely this behaviour has to do with breeding.
- Vamizi is tagging the sharks and recording their movements to research this phenomenon.
- Purchase an Oceans Without Borders bracelet, available at all &Beyond Safari Shops, to contribute towards Conservation Lessons at one of &Beyond’s island lodges.
- Purchase an Oceans Without Borders turtle mascot, available at all &Beyond Safari Shops, to contribute towards monitoring and research projects at one of &Beyond’s island lodges.
- Go to the Friends of Vamizi conservation pages.
Rhinos Without Borders AfricaSouth AfricaSabi Sand Game Reserve
Rhinos Without Borders is an initiative aimed at combatting the scourge of rhino poaching in Africa. Since 2008, 6 128 rhinos have been poached in South Africa, severely affecting …
Rhinos Without Borders is an initiative aimed at combatting the scourge of rhino poaching in Africa.
Since 2008, 6 128 rhinos have been poached in South Africa, severely affecting the African icon’s numbers. With a rhino killed at an average rate of one every eight hours, there are more rhinos being poached than born every year. &Beyond believes that translocations are fundamental to secure the survival of this endangered species. This initiative was designed to help counter the scourge of poaching and preserve this rare African icon for future generations.
The project was born out of the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino to another country, during which &Beyond translocated six white rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership with RHINO FORCE, this conservation coup was generously funded by lead sponsor Motorite Administrators. After years of negotiation and planning, the initial translocation of the Rhinos Without Borders project was begun in early 2013 with the full support of the Botswana Rhino Management Committee.
Botswana was carefully selected for its extremely low poaching rates, thanks in part to its “no tolerance” policy when encountering potential threats. Each rhino, when translocated, will be fitted with specially designed telemetry devices for ongoing research and monitoring purposes.
As part of the process of transferring skills and preparing for the arrival of the rhino, &Beyond provided intensive tracking and monitoring training for game scouts from Botswana, held at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. The game scouts were familiarised with the use of the satellite collars and tracking equipment intended to monitor the movement and behaviour of the six rhino after their release. A portion of this equipment, as well as anti-poaching uniforms and binoculars, was supplied by the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
&Beyond is playing are fundamental role in securing the ongoing survival of endangered species and this project aims to increase Africa’s dwindling rhino populations for future generations to enjoy. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place, with the country’s military helping to protect the endangered species.
Following the success of this project with all six of the translocated rhino thriving in their new habitat, &Beyond then partnered with Great Plains Conservation in 2014 to move an additional 100 rhino from South Africa to the relative safe haven of Botswana.
Where appropriate, the rhinos will be transported by air as opposed to road, in order to shorten the journey and lessen the amount of stress placed on the animals. The budget to translocate just one rhino is USD 45 000. The whole project, including ongoing monitoring and security, requires a total budget of USD 4.5 million. Both &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation have embarked on a number of fundraising activities yet the project calls on all members of the travel industry to join hands in order to make a difference.
By taking action, Rhinos Without Borders has already succeeded in translocating 37 rhinos (excluding the initial 6), with seven rhino calves having been born in Botswana, signifying a huge milestone for this initiative. An operations centre has also been set up in Botswana for continuous monitoring and surveillance. A further 40 rhino are still to be translocated in 2017.
Additional funds are being raised to move further batches of rhino to undisclosed destinations within Botswana.
For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit www.rhinoswithoutborders.com
The challenge of disease-free buffalo AfricaSouth AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPhinda Private Game Reserve
By 1995, a great deal of the animal reintroduction into &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve had been completed. However, research into the history of the area revealed that this particular …
By 1995, a great deal of the animal reintroduction into &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve had been completed. However, research into the history of the area revealed that this particular region was once home to thousands of free-roaming buffalo. The large and heavy buffalo play an important role in land management too. Because of their size and weight, they break up the soil, stimulating the recycling of nutrients back into the grounds. As Phinda was made up of degraded farmlands where the soils had been depleted, buffalo would be instrumental in improving the carrying capacity of the land. &Beyond decided to take on the challenge.
Buffalo carry diseases that affect cattle, so, in order to protect cattle farmers, their movements are strictly controlled. Legislation at the time did not permit for the establishment of new buffalo populations. However, after six years of negotiation with national veterinary authorities and consultation with local farmers, in 1997 &Beyond was eventually granted permission to introduce buffalo to Phinda. No sooner was this in place than bovine tuberculosis was discovered in the buffalo population at nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, from where we had planned to source our buffalo. Reluctant to give up on our vision for buffalo, we simply pioneered a new protocol to ensure that any animals released onto our land were disease-free. This involved the movement of the animals to Phinda, followed by them being placed in specialised holding pens known as bomas for twelve to eighteen months. During this time, each buffalo underwent a succession of blood tests to ensure that they were TB-free.
At last the momentous day came when the buffalo were released onto the reserve and Phinda finally had its Big Five in 1998. The reserve herd has grown so well that Phinda now has over 300 buffalo, with well over a thousand tuberculosis-free animals relocated to other wildlife areas.
Support of anti-poaching team AfricaTanzaniaSerengeti National Park
An anti-poaching team comprising members of the local community have been provided with logistical support and uniforms, in order to limit the illegal hunting of wildlife within the Klein’s Camp …
An anti-poaching team comprising members of the local community have been provided with logistical support and uniforms, in order to limit the illegal hunting of wildlife within the Klein’s Camp concession. Close and sympathetic liaison is essential in this border area where Maasai pastoralists move freely between Tanzania and Kenya.
Working with Tanzania National Parks
&Beyond has developed a close relationship with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), sharing our resources and professional expertise as far as possible. Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manger at &Beyond, lent his …
&Beyond has developed a close relationship with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), sharing our resources and professional expertise as far as possible. Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manger at &Beyond, lent his vast experience to the authorities when he participated in the creation of the new Serengeti National Park management plan, which reviewed tourism zones within the park, amongst other things. Guides at &Beyond Grumeti report also any observed transgressions, including poaching incidents, to TANAPA staff. &Beyond Grumeti has proposed measures for the control of the invasive water lettuce, which infests the Grumeti and Kanyanja Rivers.
Care of the PeopleSee all
Africa Foundation Empowering Communities, Enabling Conservation
Empowering Communities | Enabling Conservation &Beyond’s community development partner, Africa Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt non-profit organisation registered in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. Working together …
Empowering Communities | Enabling Conservation
&Beyond’s community development partner, Africa Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt non-profit organisation registered in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. Working together with &Beyond and in consultation with the communities themselves, Africa Foundation facilitates the socio-economic development of rural communities living in or close to the continent’s conservation areas. For &Beyond, our involvement with Africa Foundation represents our core tenet of Care of the People. Financial support in the form of underwriting the core costs of Africa Foundation takes place, freeing up almost the full funds raised from donors for the development of the various projects across Africa.
The Africa Foundation philosophy
The projects that Africa Foundation supports are based on two simple principles – they are grounded in community participation and are driven by local leadership. Partnership with local stakeholders is critical for the success of the projects and the Foundation plays a pivotal role in facilitating the relationship between communities, local government and &Beyond.
Africa Foundation focuses on four key development areas:
- Small business development
- Environment and conservation
Led by local champions elected by the community, as well as community leaders, projects identified to address community needs are set in motion, with the community leading the way. The right training, skills and resources are provided by Africa Foundation or through partner organisations to ensure projects are not only effectively implemented but remain self-sustainable long after initiation.
To ensure the development of the community and the sustainability of the project, initiatives are handed over to the communities, who take responsibility for their success and growth. Leadership development and support are key areas of focus for the Africa Foundation, as it is only through strong leadership that community initiatives can become sustainable. Local champions are equipped with the skills and knowledge to secure additional funding of their own, building on the solid foundation that has been set in place.
Africa Foundation believes that it is vital to ensure the growth of solid relationships between &Beyond lodges, the communities surrounding those lodges and various government entities and works very hard to facilitate these relationships. All of the Foundation’s field staff and some of their management are drawn from the local communities themselves, thus strengthening the bond between them and &Beyond.
New desks create a better learning environment AfricaTanzaniaNgorongoro Crater
&Beyond and Africa Foundation recently supplied 40 new school desks to the Embarway Secondary School in the Embarway community near &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. There are over 800 learners currently …
&Beyond and Africa Foundation recently supplied 40 new school desks to the Embarway Secondary School in the Embarway community near &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. There are over 800 learners currently attending this school, most coming from families that are unable to afford the $60 annual school fees. Resources at the school are severely limited, and the desk shortage meant that in some classes, 3 or 4 learners were sharing a desk designed for one student. The additional 40 desks have greatly improved the learning environment for these learners, and will certainly have a positive impact on their academic performance. A special thank you to everyone who has supported the Embarway Secondary School!
Happy Homes crèche AfricaSouth AfricaSabi Sand Game Reserve
Friends to see, games to play, fun to be had, and learning to share in this happy environment The value of early childhood development is well recognised for the social …
Friends to see, games to play, fun to be had, and learning to share in this happy environment
The value of early childhood development is well recognised for the social and educational development of children. The provision of crèches is also critical for the upliftment of households, by enabling mothers to obtain employment, while their young children are safely cared for. In rural areas where unemployment rates are high, it is particularly relevant and the demand for pre-school facilities is great. Happy Homes Preschool was started by a member of the Justica community in 2001, with 28 children. The crèche, close to &Beyond Kirkmans Kamp, consisted of a corrugated iron shack sheltered under a Marula Tree, this set up was used as both a classroom, and the founder and headmistress’s desk.
Through the generosity of Africa Foundation donors, the first two brick and mortar classrooms were constructed in 2003. Since then the school has continued to develop in terms of its resources, and also its popularity. Continued support has enabled the addition of an extra two classrooms, a kitchen, playground equipment, a water borehole and most recently, ten environmentally-friendly Enviro Loos.
An infant programme extended the services offered by the crèche in 2014, to further support parents of very young children, needing to go out to seek employment.
Today the school has an enrolment of over 180 children aged between 0 – 6 years, cared for by 20 members of staff