walking in the sand forest at andbeyond phinda forest lodge

Our Impact History

More than 25 years of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People

A Brief history of &Beyond

&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.

The Beginning

In 1991 &Beyond (then called Conservation Corporation Africa or CC Africa) began realizing our dream of extending Africa’s green frontier by developing and sustaining wildlife sanctuaries across the continent and inviting the world to share in our vision.

&Beyond is an evolution of the model originally established over 30 years (1972) ago at Londolozi Private Game Reserve. This model demonstrated that, by harnessing international capital through low-impact, high-yield tourism, conservation land could prove its economic viability whilst affording rural communities a meaningful share of the benefits.

Phinda – The Return

The expansion of &Beyond’s vision began with an ambitious project in the early 1990s in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was called Phinda – the Zulu word for “the return”. Phinda Private Game Reserve would become the most compelling realisation of the dream of creating sustainable conservation through responsible tourism.

With the birth of &Beyond Phinda and its extensive involvement in the local community, &Beyond established the Rural Investment Fund, now known as Africa Foundation. Africa Foundation focuses on rural development around &Beyond lodges and reserves, and facilitates international financial support for responsible, consultative community projects in rural Africa.

Growing into 3 continents

From 1995 &Beyond continued to expand its portfolio of superior safari lodges and moved into Kenya, Zimbabwe and 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 its lodge portfolio with a large tour operating division, destination management, group travel and mobile safari specialist operation.

In 2006 it extended it’s touring expertise into India with growth in the subcontinent taking it into Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. This expansion resulted in the name change in 2008 from CC Africa, as it was then known, to &Beyond to reflect the company’s extended footprint beyond Africa. South America was proudly added to the portfolio in 2015, adding Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador to &Beyond’s experiential travel offering.

Timeline

1972
Londolozi is established
1972
&Beyond is founded as CC Africa
1972
Phinda Private Game Reserve born
1972
Ngala Private Reserve & Kruger National Park integrate
1972
Africa Foundation, &Beyond’s NGO community partner, is formed
1972
Phinda & Ngala start community conservation lessons for adults and school children
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
East Africa circuit opens as &Beyond expands its portfolio of lodges into Kenya and Tanzania
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
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
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
First &Beyond lodge opens in Namibia: &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
1972
&Beyond acquires Afro Ventures, an expert tour operator with 20 years of touring experience
1972
Phinda Panthera / Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy Leopard research project starts

Leopard print belongs on leopards. Read more here

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
Africa Foundation opens Mdedula Craft Market at Phinda
1972
Desmond Tutu becomes patron for Africa Foundation
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
&Beyond extends its touring expertise into Asia: India; Sri Lanka; Nepal; Bhutan
1972
Phinda Land Deal is signed, returning over 9 000 hectares (+ 22 000 acres) to the community
1972
Our name changes from CC Africa [Conservation Corporation Africa] to &Beyond as we extend our footprint into Asia.
1972
Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manager, shares his wealth of wildlife translocation expertise in the translocation of India’s endangered gaur
1972
Sand Forest conservation research project launched at Phinda
1972
Africa Foundation opens the special-needs Khulani Special School for Phinda’s Mduku community.
1972
&Beyond installs its first water bottling plant at Phinda
1972
Phinda donates 6 rhino to Botswana in a ground-breaking initiative
1972
&Beyond extends its footprint to South America: Chile, Argentina, Peru & Ecuador
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
Rhinos Without Borders first translocation of 10 rhinos to Botswana
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
&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
Rhinos Without Borders translocates a total of 50 rhino in one year
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 translocate 10 Rhino to Botswana