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AfricaNamibia

C40, Palmwag
Namibia

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Renewable EnergySustainable MaterialsWildlife Conservation

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Grootberg Lodge

May 3, 2020

Perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the #Khoadi//Hoas community for conservation and tourism and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by car to encounter the inhabitants of this remote biosphere.

The chalets are built from natural materials and powered with solar electricity. The rooms are comfortably appointed and blend into the surroundings.

Through active conservation, black rhino and desert elephant still freely roam the land. Our expert guides and local trackers will lead you on an unforgettable walk in search of these animals and more.

Explore the landscape, rich in geological and botanical wonders, encounter stunning wildlife and get acquainted with the traditions of the #Khoadi //Hoas people.

 

Things of note

Today ≠Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy stands proudly as an international case study of how conservation efforts can be successful and sustainable in the long run. By visiting this breathtaking part of the world and enjoying all it has to offer, you are contributing to the long-term sustainability of the area, it’s animals and the people.

Grootberg Lodge became the first middle-market tourism establishment to be wholly owned by a communal conservancy. The conservancy is a registered custodian” in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s Black Rhino Custodian Programme.

Transparency

Thanks to the success of the conservation efforts of the conservancy, wild animal populations have shown a steady increase in the conservancy. This increase was not only limited to herbivores. Larger carnivores have showed an increase in numbers as well. As a result incidents of livestock lost to these predators caused growing incidents human/wild animal conflict within the reserve. The conservancy in partnership with the Grootberg Lodge Management has created a plan to lessen the impact of Human/ wild animal conflict. With the establishment of the Predator’s Fund, Grootberg Lodge donates N$50 to the fund for each guest’s sighting of a predator while on an activity at the lodge. Lion, cheetah, leopard, wild cat, caracal and spotted hyena are included in the arrangement and the fund has been set up in order to compensate losses from farmers.

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Giving back

Since Grootberg Lodge was built to benefit and uplift the local community, various initiatives have been launched since completion.

Currently 60 people are directly employed at by the lodge while another ten are employed by the conservancy. We are also strongly committed to support the #Khoadi//Hoas community by directly assisting the access to education of the most disadvantaged children from the area. An education fund has been set up to assist with the renovation of one of only two primary schools in the Grootberg area. The trust will also lend support to children whose parents can not afford tuition fees and other requirements pertaining to the children’s education.

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