Making an Impact for 30 years
Sustainability interventions that stand the test of time, take time.
What lies at the core of &Beyond’s impact achievements is a vision that puts our guests, as well as the land, wildlife and people of Africa, Asia and South America at the very heart of our business.
Simply by travelling with &Beyond on an authentic and customised journey, each and every guest is supporting our dream to leave this world a better place.
Our Impact Model
From our greater impact model down to the minute detail of our lodge activities, extraordinary guest experiences power our commitment to Care for the Land, Wildlife and People under our custodianship.
Our Vision 2020
Vision 2020 was established in 2015, and comprises a set of 2020 goals for our impact focus areas of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People. Our annual Impact Reviews measure and report our progress.
Leave a Legacy
Travel with us – to Africa, South America or Asia – and make a meaningful difference to the land, wildlife and people of the areas we operate in. Support any of our conservation experiences or community projects and leave a living legacy.
Our Impact History
More than 30 years of wholehearted commitment to care of the land, wildlife and people has shaped our impact journey
Our starting point
In 1991, &Beyond (then called Conservation Corporation Africa or CC Africa) was launched with the creation of Phinda Private Game Reserve.
It’s based on an evolved impact model that is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious and successful blueprints for international ecotourism: a model that demonstrates that by harnessing international capital through low-impact, high-yield tourism, conservation can prove its economic viability while also providing meaningful benefits for neighbouring rural communities.
The dream is born at Phinda
The expansion of &Beyond’s vision began with an ambitious project in the early 1990’s in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with the rehabilitation of overgrazed agricultural land and subsequent reintroduction of all the large mammal species that originally inhabited the region.
From the outset, neighbouring Zulu communities were consulted, ensuring that their expectations and aspirations were met in a sustainable way. We established the Rural Investment Fund, now known as Africa Foundation, our non-profit community development partner since these early days.
In the years that have followed, Phinda (meaning ‘the return’ in Zulu) has become the most compelling realisation of our dream to create sustainable conservation through responsible tourism.
Expanding into Africa
From 1995, &Beyond continued to expand its portfolio of superior safari lodges and moved into Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and later Botswana and Namibia. In February 2000, &Beyond merged with two other travel outfits (Afro Ventures and Into Africa) to form one of Africa’s most comprehensive tourism companies, combining the strength of our lodge portfolio with broad-ranging tour and travel services, and a mobile safari specialist operation.
Growing into three continents
In 2006, &Beyond extended its touring expertise into India and subsequently into Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. This expansion resulted in the name change in 2008 from CC Africa to &Beyond to reflect the company’s extended footprint beyond Africa.
In 2015, South America was proudly added to our portfolio, with new experiential travel offerings to Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. 2018 saw the launch of &Beyond Vira Vira in Chile’s Lake District – our first beyond-Africa lodge.
Expanding our Impact
Africa has been a proving ground for our Impact Model for over two decades. Now, together with &Beyond Asia and South America, our impact is tripling.