Kariega Game Reserve and the Kariega Foundation aspire to emulate a similar and mutually beneficial balance and harmony between commercial success and stability; community collaboration and activation; and sustainable wildlife management and conservation.

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Everything in nature exists in perfect harmony and balance

The Kariega Foundation is fuelled by a community and conservation levy paid by adult guests visiting Kariega Game Reserve, making all safari guests and the Kariega Game Reserve owners, management and staff our valued partners and supporters.

Our numerous and diverse projects are inspired, led and managed (with the support of our dedicated Foundation team) by passionate and energetic people from Kenton-on-Sea, Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein and bring forth significant and positive results in the areas of early childhood development, youth development through sport and dance, enterprise development, education transformation, environmental education, domestic animal care and the conscious protection and preservation of our natural heritage, wild animals and plant life.

Our motivation is human kindness and our inspiration the beauty of creation of which we are all a part. The Kariega Foundation and all our partners and friends stand resolute in our commitment to leave a legacy of rejuvenation for our people, land and wildlife.

Community Upliftment

Enterprise Development

A primary objective of the Kariega Foundation is the support of sustainable local enterprises that create jobs while building capacity and skills in people. Find out more about the Kariega Foundation enterprise development projects in partnership with local artist and potter Meshack and Makana Ceramics and the Aloes Tour Company.


We believe that the future of our country lies in the hands of our youth and that education is the vehicle to create opportunity and sustainable living. Our particular areas of engagement are Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Environmental Education (EE). Research shows that the most critical neurological development that lays the foundation for all learning takes place in the first five years of life, before a child has even entered into school. Find out more about the Kariega Foundation’s ECD and EE projects.

Youth Development

We believe that the most effective way of unleashing the potential in our youth is to keep them active and positively engaged in life. The Kariega sports and dancing projects endeavour to achieve this by integrating Social Emotional Learning with both activities. Find out more about our youth development projects.

Wildlife Conservation

Save the Rhino

The Save the Rhino fund was launched in March 2012 after a terrible poaching incident which left one rhino dead and two severely injured. The fund was dedicated to providing the best possible medical care for the two survivors (Thandi and Themba). Sadly Themba passed away, but Thandi has pulled through with considerable care and medical support. The fund is now geared towards providing the best possible anti-poaching and protection methods possible. Find out more about the Save the Rhino fund and Anti-Poaching Unit.

Endemic and Scarce Species Research and Reintroductions

The gradual growth and development of the now expansive Kariega Game Reserve is one of the most accomplished conservation projects in the Eastern Cape. The Kariega Foundation and Kariega Game Reserve are pioneers in the development of a unique conservation project. Read about the current research and reintroduction projects.

African Barred Owlet Project

The African barred owlet is a small owl species that was first described in 1834 and since then has remained virtually undetected in the Eastern Cape. There have been very few recorded sightings of this elusive little bird of prey in this region. Find out more about the African barred owlet research project.

Alien and Indigenous Plant Management

Previous farming activities introduced many alien plant species including the prickly pear and black wattle. Find out more about our projects to eradicate exotic plants and also introduce indigenous and edible plants in local communities.


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