African Conservancies development team is inviting stakeholders from around the globe to help us realise the magnificent Vision of establishing a world class Big 5 wildlife reserve, located within the Loziba Community Conservancy*
*Refer to Loziba Wildlife Reserve Business plan.
Investing in the Loziba Wildlife Reserve will provide donors, lenders, investors and operators the following returns:
- Long-Term property value growth
- Operational Profits from Tourism, Game Sales, Agriculture, etc
- Personal usage of the Reserve through your own farm
- Operating profit from a commercial going concern lodge
- The knowledge that you are investing in a conservation economy in Africa, which is a legacy investment that will protect and restore the landscapes and uplift the communities that live on them, for generations to come
Loziba Wildlife Reserve will be a Big Five landscape of significance. It will link private owners, communities and conservationists, in an equitable, socially cohesive, environmentally responsible and economically thriving showcase of excellence.
It is situated east of the town of Vryheid in KwaZulu Natals’ Zululand Biodiversity Economy Node, within the Umkhanyakude District Municipality, adjacent to the recently established Babanango Reserve and is 3.5 hours drive from Durban, and 5 hours from Gauteng.
Loziba Wildlife Reserve is being developed by Loziba (Pty) Ltd and project managed by African Conservancies, along with the Human Elephant Foundation and Project Rhino collaborative, which brings more than 50 stakeholders together in the KZN landscape to combat wildlife crime and Build the Conservation Economy.
The Loziba Wildlife Reserve will ultimately consist of up to 47 title farms, owned by private individuals, community trusts, companies, and private trusts, and will be approximately 30 000- 40 000 ha in extent.
Ecologically, the landscape is diverse, and a perfect habitat for the Endangered Black Rhino. Already the core Loziba Wildlife Reserve farms and neighbours boast a herd of 40 plus elephants, as well as other iconic species such as giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, kudu, nyala, leopard and lion. Populations of plains game and kudu in particular are plentiful despite the recent drought.
There are a number of existing homesteads, lodges and potential Lodge sites on the various farms that may be repurposed to lodge accommodations, with our farm owner stakeholders having the rights to develop a going concern lodge.
The initial land purchase and development costs, include fencing and road infrastructure development, planning and zonation approvals is estimated at ZAR 100m.
The road infrastructure is currently functional yet rudimentary and will be upgraded and expanded to maximise viewing experience, research initiatives and conservation patrol efforts. No electrical lines will be visible, and all new buildings will be completely off-grid. Solar powered water reticulation systems will serve the Loziba Wildlife Reserve and its inhabitants. The existing 2 significant rivers in the Loziba Wildlife Reserve, the Thaka and Swart Imfolozi flow throughout the year, and there are many dams that provide watering points for game. The Mawana Mountain is a sacred site, with magnificent views over the Loziba Wildlife Reserve.
The landscape is diverse, with many secluded valleys, rocky hillsides, sweeping grass plains and riverine options, offering perfect lodge sites that offer privacy and intimacy in a sublime space.
Loziba Wildlife Reserve has the capacity to host approximately 10 high end Lodge sites. Every lodge site and outlook will be designed in harmony with the landscapes, and guaranteed clear views.
The project is expected to be implemented over a 3 to 5 year period, and will ultimately be a Place of Healing, a Black Rhino and Elephant sanctuary and a conservation economy model of excellence, offering more than a simple return on investment, but a legacy investment into Africa’s future, within easy access to Africa’s major cities of Durban and Gauteng.
Stakeholder visits and communication
We encourage potential investors to come to site and experience the Loziba Community Conservancy in its totality and the magical place intended for the Loziba Wildlife Reserve. Site visit tours can be arranged through our appointed tour operator which also encompass the region and all it has to offer, or if you would like to do something more informal or targeted, we can arrange the same.
We pledge to keep all stakeholders up to date with the development and business plans, marketing campaigns, financials, and operational progress through a regular newsletter.