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Empowering Communities

The Amakhala Foundation

The Amakhala Foundation is home to the community and conservation projects of Amakhala Game Reserve, as well as the educational projects of the Conservation Centre.  

It was established in 2009 to coincide with the Reserve’s 10th anniversary, and is overseen by a Trust with five members.

The Foundation is funded by outside donor bodies as well as through the payment of bed levies from Amakhala’s commercial lodges.


• Environmental Education 

• Craft Centre

• Isipho Charity Trust

• Education & Skills Development

Sustainable Tourism

What is Sustainable Tourism?

Sustainable tourism is an approach to tourism that prioritizes low environmental impact and social responsibility. Its aim is to provide development in the tourism industry that brings a positive experience for local people as well as the tourists themselves. Sustainable tourism is a commonly adopted practice in successful ecotourism.

What is Ecotourism?

Ecotourism is a branch of tourism that offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate the natural landscapes, wildlife and local culture of an area. It is intended to promote the conservation of these natural resources for future generations.

Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism guiding principles:

• Minimize impact on the environment.

• Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.

• Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.

• Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.