Just 17 years ago the land of Phinda was degraded under poor agriculture. Today Phinda contains over 46000 acres of Big Five reserve, 7 distinct ecosystems, 7 award-winning safari lodges, and has been a regional stabilizer of conservation and geotourism. Embedded in the success has been Phinda’s commitment to upliftment of the surrounding rural villages. Beyond substantial employment, CCAfrica established Africa Foundation and has delivered over 90 classrooms, 19 preschools, medical clinic, skills development and communication centres, water access, bursaries, 1000’s conservation lessons and more. Last year, the name of Phinda (means “The Return”) became most apt - about 24 000 acres of the reserve was restored to the ancestral owners of the Mnqobokazi and Makhasa communities through land restitution. They have engaged CCAfrica to continue running the business which now pays R3m rental to the community as landlords. They have in turn committed the land to wildlife in perpetuity.