The African Conservation Trust and the Loziba Wildlife Reserve 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 Thaka Valley Communal Wild Conservancy (CWC)*
*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 or private plot(if applicable)
- 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 driven and supported by ACT, along with the 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 farms, owned by private individuals, community trusts, companies, and private trusts, and will be approximately 30 000 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 34 elephant, 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 building sites on the various farms that may be repurposed to lodge accommodations, with our farm owner stakeholders having the rights to develop their own private bush home or going concern lodge.
The initial land purchase and development costs include fencing and road infrastructure development, planning and zonation approvals, upgrading of private dwellings, and location of sites, refurbishment of existing tourism and accommodation infrastructure. The preliminary development budget is estimated at ZAR 185M.
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 private title owner the opportunity for privacy and intimacy in a sublime space.
There are 5 logical development phases, each with its own particular characteristics and importance for the development and expansion of the Loziba Wildlife Reserve, a depicted in our Loziba Wildlife Reserve Business Plan, which is available for scrutiny on request.
Various options for participation exist, including private title opportunities, syndication, concessionary loans against future development sites, donations to ACT, attracting tax benefits, or outright purchase of the entire project brief.
These phases are not defined, and inflexible, rather a guideline to acquisition and expansion that makes economic, ecological and environmental sense. They can occur concurrently or in this phased approach, depending entirely on the level of funding and support we are able to achieve. Each phase is designed to operate independently but we recognise the value of collective and collaborative critical mass.
Loziba Wildlife Reserve has the capacity to host approximately 30 Freehold Title homesteads, either for private use or operating as commercial lodges, with a 5star lodge catering for up to 32 beds anticipated. Every lodge/home site and outlook will be designed in harmony with the landscapes, and a zero viewshed policy implemented.
Our phased approach includes the incorporation of the Thangami Spa, a 120 bed lodge and hotsprings venue, situated on 2,400 Ha in the North East corner of the reserve.
The Loziba Wildlife Reserve will focus on building a vibrant conservation economy, preserving and respecting cultural, natural and societal capitals to heal, recognising the critical value that each stakeholder plays in maintaining integrity in our society.
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 Thaka Valley CWC 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.
Stakeholders will be invited to attend update meetings from time to time and we will ensure that there will be a zoom or equivalent online platform in place in order for you to attend the same. Minutes for these meetings will be sent out if you are unable or would prefer not to attend. 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.