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Kariega Foundation

Kariega Foundation improves quality of life of humans and animals

Kariega Foundation

Improving quality of life of humans and animals

Foundation Year



Port Elizabeth


What is the project about? 

The Kariega Foundation, a non-profit organisation, was born out of the desire to contribute to the strengthening of the local communities around the Kariega Game Reserve. Sustainable protection of wildlife species and their conservation is also part of this. The foundation works in cooperation with the Kariega Game Reserve in these key areas. The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and working with neighbours, especially the wonderful people of Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein. The Kariega Game Reserve is surrounded by impoverished African communities and is the largest employer in the Kenton-on-Sea region. It is committed to conservation, responsible tourism, social uplift and sustainable resource use.

What is the project's aim? 

The Kariega Foundation's aim is to improve the well-being of local communities through business development, education and youth development; and to be united in our efforts to protect and conserve the natural heritage of the Eastern Cape, particularly the Kariega Wilderness.

Who benefits from the project?

The local people and wilderness around the Kariega Game Reserve. The Eastern Cape is considered one of the oldest inhabited regions in South Africa. Settlement began with the settlers in the early 19th century and farms were quickly established. Tourism plays a special role in these areas, as the many BIG 5 Game Reserves make this natural region an attractive destination. It is not without good reason that the region claims to be one of the best malaria-free wildlife regions in South Africa.

What are the challenges?

The greatest challenge is to reconcile travel and sustainability, i.e. the social, ecological and economic aspects.

What contribution does Ajimba make?

The tours, organized by Kariega, can be arranged by the Ajimba Team for our guests. On the one hand, this increases the level of awareness of the foundation and on the other hand, the Kariega Foundation team can generate income by booking.

Is a visit possible for Ajimba guests?

Ajimba guests can book a tour to the township of Kenton-on-Sea organised by Kariega and visit the Meshak pottery on the way. Young people are trained there and also people with disabilities have a chance to get an education there. Not only the visit and the one or other souvenir will help the people, Mark Rushmere and the team of Kariega support many social and educational projects and the guests can participate if they wish. For example, a tour through the township promotes understanding of the living conditions and also shows these people the necessary respect. After all, we are guests in the Eastern Cape.


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