African Habitat Conservancy is a conservation management company focusing on game reserve conservation as well as the rehabilitation of both flora and fauna endemic to the areas in which the company operates.
Founded by Barbara and Hellmuth Weisser, German investors with a great passion for Africa and conservation, and Jeffrey van Staden, South African owner of a German-based African tour operating company, African Habitat Conservancy was born of a vision to support the conservation of African wildlife by making a substantial investment in one of the most picturesque – but economically neglected – parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
African Habitat Conservancy works closely with various community trusts, most notably the Emcakwini Community Trust (ECT) in the Babanango region in Zululand, as well as state bodies such as KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, which manages and stewards conservation in KwaZulu-Natal province. This work is forming a blueprint for how land reclamation in South Africa can genuinely benefit local communities which partner with government and
the private sector in conservation initiatives. African Habitat Conservancy promises to ensure the sustainability of all conservation projects, the uplift-ment and education of communities, and collaboration with all significant parties for the greater good of humanity, wildlife and our planet. By delivering unique, innovative experiences to the tourist market that offer excellent value for money, the company aims to create a sustainablebusiness model that will encourage future projects which make a difference in Africa.
Sustainable conservation and support of natural systems alongside restorations of endemic species and eco-systems.
Upliftment of local communities through job creation and development of skills, respect and growth for all staff.
Collaboration with global industry partners for the greater good of humanity, wildlife and our planet.
Through education and investment in both our staff and surrounding communities, to leave a legacy for future generations to learn about the history of our projects and ensure a positive future for all those impacted.
Develop and create innovative world class hospitality teams and profitable eco-friendly
African Habitat Conservancy has worked closely with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the Emcakwini Community Trust (ECT) in the Babanang region in Zululand to establish Babanango Game Reserve on reclaimed land that had lain dormant for a decade. Babanango Game Reserve lies within the Umfolozi Biodiversity Economy Node (UBEN), a significant part of the South African government’s biodiversity economy strategy which encourages partnerships between government, communities and private corporations to achieve national conservation targets.
African Habitat Conservancy works closely with community trusts in rural areas in true partnerships for the benefit of all. Not only do the company’s activities uplift the local community through job creation and skills development, but other opportunities exist to sow back into the community.
The African Habitat Conservancy Foundation aims to address the dearth of educational, training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the Emcakwini Community which surrounds Babanango Game Reserve, AHC’s first conservation and tourism development.
Over and above the income-generating opportunities created by the establishment of the reserve, the AHC Foundation will support the upliftment of the community through the funding of selected projects such as schools, infrastructure, agricultural initiatives and other ventures that give back to the community as a whole.
“We want the AHC collection and any hospitality offering and property associated with our name to have a meaningful link and partnership with the local community. We want to create sustainable solutions that in some way give back and empower local communities in need.” – Jeffrey van Staden, Director of African Habitat Conservancy.
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