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INVITATION FROM THE CONSERVANCIES

26/04/2011

We, the Himba and Herero people of the far north-west of Namibia, invite you to visit us.

Our land is bigger and more beautiful than you can imagine and our wildlife is once again becoming plentiful – like it was in the days of our grandfathers.

Our government has entrusted us – through our conservancies – to be the custodians of the wild animals and other natural resources and just as we have herders for our cattle, so we have conservancy game guards to keep our wildlife safe. We even have tree guards.

We are the owners of Kunene Conservancy Safaris, the company that will bring you here, so you will come as our guests. The people running our company have many years experience in the safari business. This enables us to be sure you will be well looked after in every way when you are so far from your homes.

In the 1980s – a time of drought, war and suffering – we lost most of our cattle and wildlife. We have worked hard since then to rebuild our herds and for many years we have protected the game so that it too will increase. It’s not always easy to live next to wild animals: some are peaceful but when you visit us ask us about lions that kill cows and goat-eating leopards. We can also tell you what it’s like to share your land with elephants . . . Wait, our fathers told us, one day, in the future, these wild animals will bring wealth to this country.

Tourism is one of the ways that this vision is coming true. But the road ahead is not straight. Like a kudu horn it twists one way and then another. Most safari operators pay conservancies nothing at all. Some of the tourism companies that own lodges in Kunene Region share a small part of their profits with the conservancies. KCS is different because all its profits come to us.

This means your money is helping us to manage our wildlife, and what is left over can be used to help build a good future for our children.

We are a young company and not well known yet so we need your support. We look forward to meeting you.

Signed: Conservancy Chairmen of Puros, Sanitatas, Orupembe, Okonjombo and Marienfluss. 

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