What We Have Done
ASF At Work
The ASF operates throughout southern Africa and has excellent working relationships with many rural communities, private-sector ecotourism operators, NGOs, international donors and state conservation agencies. Below are some examples of the work we have done.
In 2008, the ASF prepared a tourism development plan for the proposed Kunene Park, an area located between the Etosha National Park and Skeleton Coast Park in northwestern Namibia, which has been demarcated as a future national park to be proclaimed and managed in partnership between the government and local communities.
When the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was proclaimed during the 1930s, the livelihoods and freedom of movement of some of South Africa’s last remaining first peoples, Bushmen as they call themselves, were curtailed and the people were eventually dispossessed of their land.
Makuleke (Kruger National Park)
The ASF has worked with the Makuleke Communal Property Association (CPA) since the ASF was formed in 2003. We remain an appointed adviser to the Makuleke CPA who are regarded as a world leader in community conservation and partnerships with tourism operators and state conservation. The Makuleke own 26500 hectares of high biodiversity in the far north of the Kruger National Park which has been developed as a sought after ecotourism destination. The ASF facilitated partnerships between the CPA and private operators as well as the preparation of a Conservation and Development Framework for the Makuleke land.
The ASF is proud to have worked with the Ahe Zameni Chemucane community association to develop the Anvil Bay Lodge in partnership with the Bell Foundation in the Maputo Special Reserve in Mozambique. It is hoped that this will be the first of many community friendly lodges in Mozambique’s national parks.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The relationship with the ASF team and the Bhangazi community who live in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Maputaland, South Africa goes back many years.
The ASF team have been involved with Madikwe Game Reserve for many years. This Big Five reserve is located in the North West province of South Africa, on the border with Botswana.