Save the Waterberg Rhino
In 1998, when we first introduced rhinos to Ant’s Nest, we could not have foreseen the implications of the rhino poaching problem since 2009. It was in 2010 that rhino poaching became a national issue and rhino poaching began in the Waterberg area.
African Community Outreach
African Community Outreach support hundreds of families, visiting with them in their homes providing food, medical care and helping to get children into schools.
The Fold exists to provide refuge to children in need by investing love. The plight of the young and defenceless has always been close to our heart. Their primary vision is to assist children who have been ravaged by the loss of family, poverty, disease and abuse.
Pack For A Purpose
Pack for a Purpose’s mission is to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit.
25% of the shares in Jaci’s Safari Camp (pty) ltd are held in the Jaci’s Staff Trust – any staff member who works for us for 5 years is then registered as a member of the Staff Trust and effectively becomes a shareholder in Jaci’s. To us this is true empowerment and means that the individuals working at Jaci’s to ensure your stay is memorable are partners in the business. To date there are 16 Staff Trust members and the dividend payment to the Jaci’s Staff Trust for our last financial year will be R225 000.00 – a real benefit indeed!
All the lodge laundry in done in the Molatedi Village by Mr Ramarula. He also delivers our gas and removes our rubbish.
The community has established a glass and plastic recycling facility in the Reserve – we are actively involved and send our recycling there each week.
Firewood is collected by an individual who gets the tender (from the local community). Jaci’s then buys from them.
The Madikwe Reserve itself was created to create jobs – through wildlife/tourism and as a result that is why there are only luxury Lodges in the Reserve. Day visitors are not permitted (they do not create enough permanent jobs) At Jaci’s we employ 56 permanent staff from the surrounding communities and have a committed approach to promoting form within and doing extensive training with all our staff.
Contribute financially towards the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy
As one of the founders of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously Zululand Rhino Reserve) we at Leopard Mountain are acutely aware that Communities and Conservation are inextricably linked.
Leopard Mountain has chosen to support two great causes the first being the Zululand Rhino Orphanage. This is a fantastic initiative which aims at rescuing and rehabilitating baby rhino when their mothers have passed away either from poaching or natural causes. So far they have an excellent track record with a good number of reintroductions back to the wild.
The second being the Zululand Conservation Trust which aims to support both Local Community and Conservation Initiatives. Whether it is painting a Crèche, conducting school children's awareness safaris or a conservation Fund raising Drive Leopard Mountain tries to support as much as possible.
We are proud to work together with the Zululand Conservation Trust that supports and preserves Communities and Conservation in Zululand.
Join us in this extremely rewarding journey and help preserve our natural resources for future generations.
Donate to the Zululand Conservation Trust here.
Hai/Kom Bushmen Trust
RPS understands that there is an interdependence between local communities and the wildlife and natural resources our safaris rely upon. Because we operate in rural areas that lack other opportunities, we can greatly impact people's lives. We therefore proactively ensure that local people benefit both financially and in terms of quality of life from our operations
The Kawaza School Fund is a private fund started by Robin Pope
Safaris in 1988 to assist in improving Kawaza Basic School, one of the local schools
in the Nsefu Chiefdom. Huge progress has been made at Kawaza Basic School and so The
Kawaza School Fund has expanded to assist three more schools: Nsefu Basic School,
Kapita Community School and Katapilla Community School.
In 2010 Robin Pope Safaris together with other tour operators in South Luangwa formed Project Luangwa, which as a whole will better serve the community and its different projects. Kawaza School Fund is now managed by Project Luangwa and Robin Pope Safaris continues to actively raise funds for these four schools, the teachers and the many children involved, providing the high degree of support it always has.
Pumulani supports local chiefs, facilitate tourist visits to villages in a responsible way, use local guides, and inform our clients of local customs, traditions, appropriate behavior, and their impact on local communities. We also educate neighbouring communities about the impacts of tourism to assist them in making informed decisions about tourism development. In order to benefit nearby people and businesses, we employ local staff and pay fair and competitive wages. Our purchasing policy ensures we purchase supplies locally whenever possible and contract local builders. RPS also supports community development initiatives by buying vegetables from a local agricultural project, by supporting a staff member and the orphans she cares for via her handicraft business, distributing guest philanthropy to worthy causes, and promoting guest tours to local villages to support their local businesses and school. We specifically work to improve school materials, teachers, and education standards, and support specific children with school fees.
In it for the long run.
The Wolwedans Foundation was established as a non-profit trust, funded by Wolwedans and private donors.
The focus areas are: Education, Conservation and Social Development.
The Wolwedans Education Support Program sees to the development of human capital through education and training, for both employees and local Namibians.
The Foundation established the Desert Academy in 2007, which affords young, aspiring Namibians the opportunity to earn while they learn the theory and practical basics of the hospitality industry. The Desert Academy was created with the support of the Namibian Tourist Board (NTB) and the National Training Authority (NTA) to assist in raising the skills level of the local tourism workforce and thus the quality of the Namibian hospitality product to a higher standard. We were honoured to be the only Namibian Lodge Company to be approached to run a ‘pilot’ course for Tourism & Hospitality.
In addition, nice (Namibian Institute of Culinary Education) is a chef training and finishing school, based in Windhoek. It was also established in 2007 and offers theoretical and practical training to young Namibians who wish to pursue a career in the culinary arts. Both the Desert Academy and nice are supported by the Wolwedans Foundation, and external donors.
The Wolwedans Foundation also continues to support NaDEET (The Namibian Desert Environmental Education Trust) in their efforts in environmental education and development of eco-friendly attitudes and skills in Namibia’s youth.
Vocational support & bursaries are also awarded to deserving employees who wish to further their studies or improve their skills, either fulltime or part-time.
The Foundation supports the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s interventions with funding, materials and assistance in kind, where possible.
In tandem with our education objective, we are committed to the social development of our employees (and thus their extended families). We endeavour to help ensure better and more respectful living conditions and promote more positive lifestyles for our employees.