Unbeknown to me, the real conservationist was born when I was a young boy growing up on the farm that gave birth to Amakhala Game Reserve. A combination of declining agricultural margins forced my hand into this sector through a tourism opportunity with a motto we adopted called ‘Back to Nature’’. Wildlife management started two decades ago and during this time the focus has been on sustainable tourism – it has to pay to stay.
Amakhala Game Reserve
This is now a World Class destination offering many International Guests a Big 5 Game Experience. The Reserve is self sustaining, employs many people, and has a Foundation which practises three pillars-Community, Conservation and Education. It is situated on the Famous Garden Route extension and close to Addo Elephant park.
Restoration project DRC
Restoration of a park on the Congo river owned by a private family in Kinshasa for Tourism related products. Feasibility studies and construction and importation of fencing, Wildlife, Tourism products and Marketing commenced in May 2015. The park will have a Centre of Learning for the Youth of the City of Kinshasa to remind the citizens that they posses one of the World’s most diverse Ecological gems in the Congo Basin.
John Kahekwa Conservation Centre
This is a Conservation project aimed to Conserve the Eastern Lowland Gorilla and educate the Tourists and local people to desperate plight of this Great ape and other Endangered Species found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The John Kahekwa Centre will be built on private land in the Miti area within a short distance of Bukavu. The habitat of this rare great ape will be centred around the ICCN based park of Kahuzi Biega National Park.