aha Cares

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We give back to the community through the various social responsibility programmes run through our properties.

Thakadu River Camp is a wholly owned community-based Tented Safari Camp within Madikwe Game Reserve. The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the reserve.

The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.

Bongani Mountain Lodge was both the host of and financial contributor to the Vision 20/20 Leadership Programme, held at the lodge in December 2012 and July 2013. The Vision 2020 Programme was initiated and is driven by the Imbumba Foundation and its founder, Richard Mabaso, a citizen of Luphisi.

Vision 20/20 is an eight-year strategic development plan for Luphisi Village. It aims to assess community assets through a participatory process and take stock of what types of projects currently run in the village, as well as to identify what other initiatives or interventions are needed. Finally, the programme also explores methods needed to ensure sustainability for both old and new projects.

Makalali Private Game Lodge supports the DAKTARI Wildlife Orphanage that educates and inspires underprivileged children to care for their environment.

Mandela Day 2015: aha Managing Director, Neil Bald, hands over a reconstructed home to one of the community members in the South African township of Diepsloot.

aha Hotels & Lodges in conjunction with Tourvest, commemorates Mandela Day by helping to rebuild ten homes for selected community members in the South African township of Alexandra and Diepsloot.

The homes that were rebuilt have been identified by the non-governmental organization Afrika Tikkun, in consultation with community leaders and social workers, as those belonging to people most in need of better living conditions.


Mandela Day 2016: aha Staff spent the day with children of the Thuthuzela Community Centre located in Marlboro Gardens. This establishment looks after abused, abandoned and neglected children from the local community.

aha Hotels & Lodges adopted a classroom at the center and with the help of the creative staff, painted a mural and furnished the center with a wealth of educational items. The kids had fun dancing and singing and were very excited to see their new refurbished classroom.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela