Conserving Our Environment
A strong conservation ethic has been passed down by the forefathers of Amakhala Game Reserve (AGR) to the current generation. The properties that joined together to form Amakhala Game Reserve have been kept in the same farming families since the 1850s and the concept of sustainable stocking rates of domestic stock and clearing of invasive vegetation have been instilled into the reserve since the 1920s.
Today, AGR strives to uphold this conservation ethic in new and exciting ways.
The development of the eco-tourism industry in the Eastern Cape provided the opportunity for the establishment of AGR. This was achieved in 1999 when four neighbouring farming families joined their farms together. Initially, small founder populations of indigenous wildlife were introduced to the land which had been cleared of all man-made farming infrastructure.
In time, the wildlife populations increased and other native species were reintroduced to the area. This led to the need for greater, centralised management of the reserve and its ecosystem. Currently, the central reserve teams consist of a Maintenance Department, a Security and Anti-poaching Department, and an Ecology Unit with staff dedicated to the monitoring and management of AGR’s wildlife, vegetation and the relationship between the two.
The reserve now employs 26 staff members who are involved in the running of the game reserve. These members range from a General Manager, two ecologists with a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Diploma in Nature Conservation respectively, a Security Manager with over a decade experience in the police force and trained and skilled field rangers who are involved in daily maintenance and security activities. The AGR members also form a large intellectual body that range from a respected wildlife veterinarian, a zoologist (PhD), a lawyer, an agriculturalist, an engineer and teachers that can all be called upon within the running of the reserve.
Visit www.chipembere.org for further information on this foundation. A percentage of every bed night sold at HillsNek Safari Camp is donated to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation ensuring that every guest that visits, is contributing to saving rhinos.