Our Impact Journey

More than 25 years of wholehearted commitment to care of the land, wildlife and people has shaped our impact journey

&Beyond was established alongside rising international demand for ecotourism and wildlife experiences, and in the belief that, through business enterprise, wildlife conservation could be placed on a sustainable economic footing…

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.

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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.

Timeline

Follow our impact journey: more than 25 years of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People …

1972
Rhinos Without Borders translocate 10 Rhino to Botswana
1972
&Beyond Vira Vira, our first lodge in South America, opens

We started the process of ‘exporting’ our high impact model into South America three years ago and we are delighted to announce an important new milestone on this journey, which is the arrival of our first lodge on the South American continent, &Beyond Vira Vira in Chile’s Lake District. Read more here

1972
Rhinos Without Borders translocates a total of 50 rhino in one year
1972
&Beyond Vamizi Island joins our portfolio; Oceans Without Borders is created

With an increasing number of factors affecting the health of the world’s marine resources &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 ecosystems. Read more here

1972
First solar plant installed in Botswana

The installation of a 100 KW photovoltaic system, which includes two solar hot water systems, has enabled &Beyond Sandibe to operate on an energy ratio of 70% renewable to 30% non-renewable. Read more here

1972
Rhinos Without Borders first translocation of 10 rhinos to Botswana
1972
Phinda donates lions to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, after a 15-year extinction in Akagera

&Beyond donated five lionesses from Phinda Private Game Reserve to the country of Rwanda as part of an African Parks project aimed at reversing the local extinction of the species in Akagera National Park. Read more here

1972
&Beyond extends its footprint to South America: Chile, Argentina, Peru & Ecuador
1972
Phinda donates 6 rhino to Botswana in a ground-breaking initiative
1972
&Beyond installs its first water bottling plant at Phinda
1972
Africa Foundation opens the special-needs Khulani Special School for Phinda’s Mduku community.
1972
Sand Forest conservation research project launched at Phinda
1972
Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manager, shares his wealth of wildlife translocation expertise in the translocation of India’s endangered gaur
1972
Our name changes from CC Africa [Conservation Corporation Africa] to &Beyond as we extend our footprint into Asia.
1972
Phinda Land Deal is signed, returning over 9 000 hectares (+ 22 000 acres) to the community
1972
&Beyond extends its touring expertise into Asia: India; Sri Lanka; Nepal; Bhutan
1972
Aders' Duiker arrive at &Beyond Mnemba

Known as Africa’s rarest antelope, it is estimated that there are only between 300 and 600 Aders’ duiker left in the wild. Read more here

1972
Desmond Tutu becomes patron for Africa Foundation
1972
Africa Foundation opens Mdedula Craft Market at Phinda
1972
Phinda partnership initiated with WWF: Black Rhino Range Expansion Project

The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) was started in 2003 to counter the dramatic decrease in numbers of black rhino. Read more here

1972
Phinda Panthera / Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy Leopard research project starts

Leopard print belongs on leopards. Read more here

1972
&Beyond acquires Afro Ventures, an expert tour operator with 20 years of touring experience
1972
First &Beyond lodge opens in Namibia: &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
1972
Mwewe Ranger Training School started in East Africa

Ever wondered if you have what it takes to become an &Beyond guide? It’s no easy journey! Read more here

1972
Africa Foundation: Hippo Water Rollers:
Revolutionary water-carrying community project

To date, Africa Foundation has distributed more than 4,000 hippo water rollers, enabling one person to carry up to 90 liters of water. Read more here

1972
First &Beyond lodge opens in Botswana:
&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Join us on a visual ‘before and after’ journey through some of our most exciting lodge transformations. Read more here

1972
East Africa circuit opens as &Beyond expands its portfolio of lodges into Kenya and Tanzania
1972
&Beyond Inkwazi Ranger Training School established at Phinda

Ever wondered if you have what it takes to become an &Beyond guide? It’s no easy journey! Read more here

1972
Phinda & Ngala start community conservation lessons for adults and school children
1972
Africa Foundation, &Beyond’s NGO community partner, is formed
1972
Ngala Private Reserve & Kruger National Park integrate
1972
Phinda Private Game Reserve born
1972
&Beyond is founded as CC Africa
1972
Londolozi is established