Immerse yourself in any one (or all) of the three accommodation facilities that the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy has an offer, and you will be contributing to the long-term sustainability of the community and the conservation of the area. A percentage of the earnings of the lodge are allocated to the Conservancy and is a means of support both financially and by providing employment to the people.
The Conservancy stands as a testament to the success of community-based conservation, narrating an incredible tale of metamorphosis for both the local wildlife and the community. It serves as a shining example of compassionate and impactful tourism.
A success story of community-based conservation.
Prior to 1990, the area was almost entirely devoid of game. Both
commercial and private farmers considered wildlife, particularly lions
that preyed on their livestock and elephants and antelope that damaged
their crops, as troublesome and costly. The presence of these animals
also posed risks to the safety of the people living in the area.
Uncontrolled hunting for meat and trophies further exacerbated the
situation, leading to the decline of many species and pushing them to
the brink of extinction.
The turning point came with the
establishment of the Grootberg Farmer's Union in 1990, leading to policy
changes and the formation of the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy. Grootberg
Lodge, fully owned by the community and supported by the European Union,
played a pivotal role in bringing employment and income to the locals
while promoting conservation initiatives.
As the community became
custodians and beneficiaries of the conservancy, their perception of
conservation shifted, and former poachers turned into dedicated
conservationists. Their expertise in tracking and knowledge of the area
proved invaluable in safeguarding wildlife. To minimize conflicts with
farmers, the establishment of the Predator's Fund compensated for
livestock loss and funded infrastructural needs.
and diversity of species that can now be found living in the conservancy
is a far cry from what it once was. The combined efforts of
conservationists, government, international assistance and the once
marginalised communities living here have ensured the longevity of many
species and the restoration of a thriving ecosystem.
≠Khoadi //Hôas Conservancy is proud to be part of an international case
study of how conservation efforts can be successful and sustainable. By
visiting this awe-inspiring region and supporting its conservation, you
play a vital role in ensuring the area's long-term sustainability and
supporting its people.
Milestones of the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy
- They were the first community-based conservancy to request registration.
- Grootberg Lodge was the first endeavour into tourism for the conservancy.
- The lodge was the first middle-market establishment to be fully owned by a communal conservancy.
- The lodge became a major income source for the conservancy and its members.
- Community members benefit from the training as they develop new, marketable skills.
- The lodge was awarded a Community Benefit Award at the prestigious World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow awards in 2010.
- The conservancy became a pioneer in integrating wildlife, livestock, and water management.
- Wildlife numbers are ever on the increase in the conservancy.
- They are registered as custodians in the Black Rhino Custodian Programme, an endeavour created and managed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
- They are one of the first conservancies to reintroduce black rhino and black-faced impala to the area.
- They have established, with assistance, a compensation scheme to minimise the impact of the human-wildlife conflict.
- They have established a trust fund for the Traditional Authorities.
- The Grootberg Lodge Education Fund was established to assist with scholarships for promising students, benefitting the children of tomorrow.
- Through financial benefits for the conservancy, the lodge contributes to mitigating the human-wildlife conflict (HWC).
- The lodge supports members of the community with projects such as building schools, clinics, water points and a community kitchen for the elderly and vulnerable.