The name “Karingani” comes from the local Changana language, meaning “storyteller”. The storyteller is traditionally at the heart of each community, maintaining tradition and passing wisdom and culture from generation to generation.
This story is now entering a new chapter as we create a narrative of sustained conservation success. Our narrative will be woven from three strands; people, wildlife and conservation as depicted in the Karingani logo.
The purpose for Karingani was derived from four conservation visionaries, who could see the potential to establish an extraordinary program that would protect the unique biodiversity that Karingani offers.
This purpose and future management are based upon solid science and long-term sustainable and rational economics.
Partnership with the local communities is a cornerstone to our constitution and our future responsibilities towards the people and wildlife of Mozambique.
Historically previous attempts by others to conserve the area had created mistrust among neighbouring communities and it was clear that a different approach was required by the founders.
By seeing local communities as part of the solution, their trust has been regained, and they have become key stakeholders alongside Karingani, the Mozambican government, the Kruger National Park, other local stakeholders and strategic partners. Karingani’s public-private partnership represents an innovative way to ensure the future of sustainable conservation.
The Financial commitment from the Karngani investors and donors will be integrated with income generated from low density and high value ecotourism development programs. The partners have been successful in attracting three of the worlds best in class hospitality brands to participate with us at Karingani. These operating partnerships will enable Karingani to present its diversity as a destination to the global market, people of influence and a tourism growth sector of high network individuals which includes the demand for conservation-based tourism emerging from the Asia and pacific rim market.
These partnerships are being developed to align with Karingani’s purpose and future positive impact within Mozambique.
Transparent community partnerships based on mutual respect and empathy forms the foundation of our socio-economic upliftment and ongoing job creation program. Our objective is to create alternative sustainable sources of income is to help obviate the necessity of poaching derived by year of systemic economic stress.