A unique reserve owned and managed by the community.

Siyanemukela eSomkhanda

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Home to leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo wild dog, nyala, zebra, giraffe.

BIG 5 GAME RESERVE

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Zululand, South Africa.

12,000 hectares of rolling hills and natural bush land habitat.

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"This is truly a fulfilment of a shared vision, to see the community not just passively benefitting from the biodiversity economy but taking the lead and actively managing their resources for the greater benefit of the society." Dr Roelie Kloppers

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Somkhanda  Big 5 Game Reserve is a community owned game reserve that is run and managed in partnership by the Gumbi Community Wildlands Conservation Trust, Africa for Africa, Africa4 Wild and Pamco.  Other partners involved in the reserve’s conservation projects are: Wildlife Act Fund, KZN Wildlife and WWF.

The Gumbi community successfully claimed 36,000 ha of land in 2005 through the land reform process. When the Gumbis took ownership of the land, they decided to keep the majority of their land under conservation and create a consolidated game reserve that could be used as an economic engine to drive development in the community.

In February 2011, this resulted in the first community owned game reserve to be formally proclaimed as a nature reserve; an incredible commitment to the conservation of natural resources under Inkosi Gumbi’s control. The Somkhanda Game Reserve also became the first community owned land to become a partner in the WWF/Ezemvelo Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme, and a population of endangered black rhino were introduced in 2007.

Apart from the rhino population, the game reserve has valuable populations of leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo wild dog, nyala, zebra, giraffe and a variety of typical bushveld game. As a result of these achievements, Somkhanda Game Reserve is promoted as a flagship project for land restitution and transformation in South Africa, as well as an example of conservation-based community development.

A real conservation success story.