History of Amakhala Game Reserve
The Amakhala Game Reserve began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture.
Today, five independently owned lodges of The Heritage Collection, are all TGCSA 4 or 5-Star Lodge accredited. The lodges are owner managed by the descendants of the original families who arrived here with the British settlers of 1820. The lodges offer various styles of accommodation, which include a gracious colonial homestead and classic bush lodges.
Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle up to the turn of the century. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.
Amakhala Game Reserve has been awarded the voluntary label by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). Based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefitsethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment, the FTTSA label is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practise in South Africa.
Amakhala Conservation Centre and contributes to the community through the Reed Valley School and the AIDS Orphanage whilst also providing an element of fun for the volunteers. This project provides an insight into the environmental issues and management of a game reserve through the award winning Amakhala Conservation Centre and contributes to the community through the Reed Valley School and the AIDS Orphanage whilst also providing an element of fun for the volunteers.
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