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Karingani believes in a mutually respectful relationship with our neighbours, and we engage with them in ways that improve their lives through new opportunities.



Karingani believes in a mutually respectful relationship with our neighbours, and we engage with them in ways that improve their lives through new opportunities.


Our neighbourhood

The Karingani area was heavily affected by Mozambique’s civil war and has subsequently suffered from reduced investment and challenges arising from under-development and economic neglect. Karingani’s stakeholder model represents a departure from considering our neighbours as merely “local communities”. Rather, we see them as partners whose involvement and support are critical to the success of the Karingani Project.

Karingani aims both to support and uplift our neighbours by creating sustainable economic and employment opportunities, and to help them promote and preserve their culture. In this context, we see education as a two-way street: we have as much to learn about Karingani as we have to teach about conservation, project management and creating a sustainable economic model. This is a partnership of equals, each of whom has unique skills and knowledge to contribute. As with every aspect of the Karingani Project, we see our engagement with our neighbours as a long-term commitment. They’re a vital part of the Karingani story, and we want to help them tell theirs.


At Karingani we are proud of our Mozambican heritage and we are striving to help nurture and promote our neighbours’ deep, rich cultural identity, which is as vital to their survival and wellbeing as job creation and infrastructure improvement.

We are not trying to preserve this culture as a dusty ethnographic artefact, but rather as an energetic entity that breathes life into the Karingani Project and makes it locally relevant. As an investor in, or donor or visitor to Karingani, you will feel and experience the culture of Mozambique at every touchpoint: it’s in our DNA and reflected in our philosophy and attitudes and tangible throughout Karingani in the way we design and decorate our ecotourism properties, the artworks we commission and display, and the food we serve and enjoy.

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by creating sustainable economic and employment opportunities.


Partnership and obligations

Karingani is committed to growing alongside our neighbours. This is a joint venture in the sense of being a mutually beneficial partnership. We will endeavour to become a vital component in the social and economic development of our neighbours, and a reason for them to feel proud of their achievements.

Community development plan

This is Karingani’s initiative aimed at ensuring that the communities neighbouring Karingani can realise tangible benefits that improve their living conditions. The success of Karingani will generate the funds required to make a meaningful difference, and will encourage our neighbours to give us their long-term support. The aim, as always, is a sustainable partnership that works between Karingani, our investors and our neighbours. By creating meaningful employment opportunities, and contributing to infrastructure improvements, Karingani aims to meet our economic obligations to our neighbours. The success of Karingani will also ignite associated small business and value chain development both during the development and operational phases of the project.

Employment opportunities will include skilled and semi-skilled roles in multiple sectors: road construction, security, anti-poaching, potential tourism jobs with commercial lodges. In addition to these direct employment opportunities, Karingani will ameliorate community amenities, in particular those related to education, grassroots entrepreneurship (small and micro-enterprises), health promotion and environmental education.

Financing the vision

Initial community development programme funding will come Karingani’s managing partners, to be superseded in time by funds drawn from levies and commercial operator revenues. This provides a sustainable economic model for the funding of community empowerment. The establishment of an NPO will enable and channel donations to community improvement projects. All investments in the community (whether in capacity building or infrastructure) will be assessed on a needs basis, in consultation with community representatives.