andBeyond Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The Issue: Finding a sustainable way of partnering with the local communities to ultimately conserve wildlife for future generations.
The Smart Solution: In a groundbreaking deal, 22,000 acres of the reserve were handed over to the ancestral owners of the land as far back as 2008. Today, these communities are seeing the long-term benefits of having a stake in ecotourism. As an example, there are now 28 local schools, which equates to 5000 additional children attending classes and 200 new teacher posts.
Namibia Exclusive Sorris Sorris Camp, Damaraland, Namibia
The issue: The remote, almost forgotten Damaraland offers sanctuary to desert-adapted lion and desert elephant, while the Brandberg Mountain—the highest in Namibia—is a treasure trove of ancient rock paintings.
The smart solution: Opening a luxury camp here among the Damara tribe brings revenue to these traditional communities and helps preserve their heritage rock painting sites.