Since 2013, over 5000 rhinos have been lost to criminal poaching in South Africa. Although many rhinos are lost in Kruger National Park, smaller game reserves like Amakhala are also at serious risk to poaching unless rhino monitoring programs and other security measures are implemented and maintained. A Conservation Levy is now deemed essential to assist in the significant costs associated with our multi-layered anti-poaching measures on Amakhala Game Reserve.
The Conservation Levy will primarily fund the anti-poaching units and a dedicated rhino monitoring program to preserve and protect the rhinos of Amakhala Game Reserve. In addition, a percentage of the levy will be administered by the Amakhala Foundation to continue with and expand our award winning Conservation Education Programs. In 2017, over 2000 school children from local communities visited the Amakhala Conservation Centre to learn about wildlife conservation and sustainability for future generations.
Amakhala Game Reserve continues to provide an excellent example of how communities can convert agricultural land for conservation purposes while promoting a viable tourism economy. Protecting the rhinos is a key factor in the ongoing success and sustainability of this initiative.
All visitors: R125 per night
Children under 12 years: R75 per night
On 1 March 2020, the Conservation Levy will change slightly from R125 to R140 per adult, and reduce from R75 to R70 per child. These changes will only apply to guests staying at Amakhala lodges with a check-in date from 1 October 2020 onwards.
Levies are inclusive of VAT and subject to change without prior notice. They will be charged to the guest’s overall bill and paid at check-out.
All levies will be collected by the Amakhala Foundation, a registered Public Benefit Organization, PBO no. 930039115
We ask all our guests to contribute to the protection measures established to counter the ever-present threat of criminal rhino poaching and to provide education for our future conservationists.
Even if you booked before 1 March 2018 and do not have a payment obligation, we kindly ask you to voluntarily agree to the payment of this important Conservation and Community Levy.