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Each camp is situated in idyllic locations.
Our camps offer you the perfect sanctuary.
An untouched paradise.
All about us
On the east coast of South Africa lies a remote and forgotten wilderness. The Wild Coast moves at its own pace and in the north Pondoland is the least developed and most pristine area of this shoreline. The bountiful ocean and unique microclimate support rich biodiversity hosting one of the densest concentrations of marine mammals on earth. This is the place where time rests and the earth heals and the proud amaPondo live in complete harmony with this fragile environment.
This untouched paradise is the canvas upon which our Pondo Beach Camps has been painted – Pondo Beach Camps consists of 12 en-suite self-catered units, each camp is positioned in idyllic locations offering the perfect sanctuary to reﬂect with your loved ones. Our camps offer an exclusive experience with a low environmental impact helping to preserve Pondoland for future generations through community focused and sustainable eco-tourism.
Pondoland forms the northern section of an area formerly known as the Transkei on the east coast of South Africa. The still pristine and untouched Pondo coastline runs for 103km and the 15km belt through the Mkambathi Nature Reserve is the only area that is currently protected. This fragile ecosystem is rich in biodiversity, boasting several endemic and threatened species, all of which are in very real danger of being exploited by unscrupulous farming, mining, and business practices.
Due to a complete lack of employment opportunities in the area, subsistence living is the norm and unemployment has reached staggering proportions. Schools, community centres and hospitals are rudimentary and overpopulated. Through the Pondoland Preservation Trust, we will create a powerful tool though which much of our efforts and external funding can be directed. In so doing, we aim to make a signiﬁcant difference to these communities so that it may be in their best interests to continue to focus on eco-tourismand, therefore, play a vital part in preserving Pondoland.
PRESERVING THE PONDOLAND COAST
It is our belief that the only sustainable way to preserve this area is to uplift the local communities through low impact and sustainable tourism. To bring inﬂuential and signiﬁcant individuals to this area, show them the wonders that it offers and, in doing so, inspire them to assist us with it’s preservation. We plan to preserve Pondoland through a 3-Pillar plan.
Wild Child Africa is an adventure tourism company founded in 2011. Since 2015, our business has almost entirely been focused on Pondoland. Due to the coastline being too fragile to sustain high density tourism, we have created a high-end hiking trail with low environmental impact. The Pondo Trail has become an iconic and sought-after South African hiking trail hosting a healthy mix of families, international tourists and corporates. Wild Child Africa only employs people from the communities along the route and, together with Pondo Beach Camps, we form a critically important source of employment and income for the local population.
If we are to succeed in preserving Pondoland for the future, it is imperative that whatever efforts are made in achieving this, also beneﬁt the local communities and aid in providing the basic services that are so sorely lacking. The construction of a church, providing school-shoes to learners and implementing an Everyday Breakfast Feeding Scheme are already some projects that have commenced through Wild Child Africa. Hopefully, with buy-in from the local communities, where they are beneﬁtting directly from the tourism, the communities themselves will assist us in putting an end to any form of development that has a negative effect on this fragile environment.
Community Centres: After consultation with the respective communities, we have identiﬁed suitable areas for the construction of community centres and identiﬁed how best these centres can assist the local population. The centres will consist of a community hall, ablution facility, a Wi-Fi hub with free internet access and a water system to ensure that safe drinking water is available all year round. A section of the centre will be reserved for a library to service the local pre-schools. On certain days, the community centre will be converted into a medical clinic whereby the local villagers can seek medical attention. The pre-school at Manteku has been closed since October 2019 due to a lack of funds, and so, as part of plan for the centre, funds will be allocated to cover the expenses and staff of this school. We plan to start the construction of the Manteku community centre before the end of 2020 and we hope to have all three completed by the end of 2022.
Budget required per Community Centre:
R 1 350 000 once off plus R120 000 per year
Bicycle Project: An incentive program whereby local men and woman can earn a bicycle through various initiatives that are beneﬁcial to the community and/or the environment. For example, the clearing of alien plant species, litter and rubbish removal, sustainable ﬁrewood collection.
Budget required: R100 000 per year
Agricultural Access Project: We plan to assist the Manteku Community by building an access road to very arable and environmentally sustainable farming land.
Budget required: R250 000
4×4 Vehicle: We plan to provide one vehicle that will service all three community centres and be available for emergency medical situations in these communities.
Budget Required: R650 000
In 2007, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, with the help and funding of the EU, built ﬁve camps along Pondoland’s coast in an effort to create sustainable tourism and employment in the area. The camps are owned by the communities and the people in the area beneﬁt directly from this initiative. As the camps offer the only source of income and employment in these areas, it is of vital importance that they continue to exist and to beneﬁt the local communities.
“A PLACE WHERE YOU WILL BE HUMBLED,
FEEL PRIVILEGED AND BE REMINDED OF WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT IN LIFE.”
Should you wish to learn more about this
trust or contribute to any of the projects
TIM : +27 (0) 71 642 1318
MATT : +27 (0) 83 641 4399