Africa

Namibia: King Nehale Lodge Boosts Conservancy

HAVING secured a joint-venture agreement with King Nehale Lodge of Gondwana Collection Namibia is one of the major achievements of the King Nehale conservancy in the Oshikoto region.

This is according to Esther Petrus, the conservancy’s coordinator.

Petrus last week said the lodge is built within the conservancy area, and therefore it allocates a certain percentage of its profits to the conservancy, and has also employed people from the conservancy.

“That way, we are benefiting immensely from the lodge,” she said.

Officially registered in September 2005, King Nehale conservancy has a population of about 20 000 people and spans 508 square kilometres.

Petrus said the conservancy is proud of having succeeded in its efforts to retain its wildlife, which also helps to attract tourists.

“We are proud that we managed to keep our wild animals. Some conservancies do not have wild animals any more as they have lost them to poaching,” she said.

Petrus said the conservancy recorded 105 springbuck, 2 steenbuck, 58 guinea fowl, seven corri bastards and 44 blue wildebeest.

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism also donated animals to the conservancy, she said.

From time to time, the ministry allows the conservancy to put some of these animals up for trophy hunting and profits are given to the conservancy.

The conservancy employs four game guards.

“We do not have problems with poaching,” Petrus said.