Community Based Natural Resource Management 


A portion of the proceeds from your safari goes toward the following initiatives to support the GBNR (Greater Balepye Nature Reserve):

  • Employment of the local Balepye community at our lodge and managed harvest areas.
  • Learners / Students regularly help with housekeeping and other duties around the Lodge.
  • Some learners / students also enter into our apprenticeship program with our APU (Anti Poaching Unit) or Professional managed harvest outfit.
  • The state subsidise Primary and Secondary schools but not Pre-primary facilities. Therefore we support 10 of the more needy ones by supplying them with the meat from your managed harvest safari and maize meal on a monthly basis.

Project Description


The GBNR is located near Gravelotte, the land of the Balepye Ba ga Maenetja Community, the rain makers.


Through the Improvement of infrastructure and facilities for eco-tourism related enterprises the following business opportunities was created in the area by our founding members:

• Development of eco-estates for sale or for lease
• Biodiversity management / Integrated land Utilisation / Green Economy. Breeding of game species for live sale, Consumptive and non – consumptive utilisation of all renewable biological assets and associated byproducts.
The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve (GBNR) is based on the Protected Area model as per NEMA (National Environmental Management Act) which allocates designated land for the preservation of natural resources. Currently the Protected Area / Reserve is 16 000 ha (this could go up to 30 000 ha if other neighbouring land claims like Hans Merensky / Exxaro land enters the frame).
At the moment, activities on the Reserve / Protected area include hunting safaris where the hunted meat is donated to surrounding community schools and crèches. This greatly contributes to the Reserve’s Corporate and Social Responsibility program.

Job creation programs include but is not limited to:

• Biodiversity management, Safaris, bush clearing (which optimises grass growth) etc.
• Counter poaching
• Social welfare and Education – (Creche meat)

Mission and Values of the GBNR:

To conduct commercial activities (financial profits to investors and stakeholders) to improve the quality of the lives of the greater Community with reference to their broad social; economic; cultural; educational and recreational needs.

Benefits to the community / Job creation:

• Skills development
• Employment / jobs in the Biodiversity management / Green economy sector / industry
• Equity as part of this process The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve (GBNR) wants to push women and youth empowerment in the value chain and the establishment of cooperatives

Biodiversity management / integrated land utilisation / Green Economy Revenue is generated through hunting safaris, however there are plans to expand the value chain greatly, this is namely by:

• Building an abattoir
• Venison / meat processing and production (biltong, wors, steak etc.)
• Catering for Eco tourism activities and Accommodation
• Providing Counter poaching expertise and services
• Other farming practices / projects / products includes but are not limited to: Mopani worms and Marula Jam
• Rhino Ranching and Game breeding

A Code of Conduct which contains principles which articulate the broad policy goals of the Greater Balepye Nature Reserve, which sets specific measures to guide or advice the behaviour of all Personnel.


The GBNR mission is to establish and maintain a 30 000ha (expanding up to the KNP) Big 5 reserve that will offer a world class hunting and ecotourism destination to mainly International hunters and tourists. We actively looking for Partners / Investors / Funders to maintain and expand our vision to be a sustainable creator of jobs in a true Wilderness area. To realise this specific outcome, the following areas of growth (list is incomplete) have been identified:

  1. An operational abattoir
    Maximising the gain from the utilisation of our renewable natural resources through the processing of venison harvested
    from the protected area / reserve.
  2. Ecotourism
    Ecotourism involves non-consumptive use of wildlife, such as photographic tourism; bird-watching; hiking and horseback riding, and ideally develops awareness about the local environment and culture and results in minimal impact on the environment. In South Africa, ecotourists generally seek out natural environments and wildlife for a genuine “wilderness experience”, so the eco-tourism industry is reliant upon a comparatively intact environment. Balepye has this in abundance, and is a perfect stop over point when visiting the northern Kruger National Park.
  3. Other expansion opportunities:
  • Community development i.e. Co-operatives already being created for community.
  • Education and training: Black Hill college, a proposed skills college – this will include tracking and professional
  • Reserve Infrastructure: Expansion of reserve
  • Taxidermy | Tannery
  • Tourism: Arts and Crafts | Eco Tourism | Hiking | Birding
  • Establishing a successful model of land restitution through a partnership between private investors, the community as
    landowners and government. We believe that this model will serve as an example to everyone that it is possible to
    take hands in a mutually beneficial way and to ensure that our children live in a world that is free of prejudice and full
    of opportunity.

In Addition: We also see a unique opportunity to create a pristine Wilderness Area (Protected Area) where Mother Nature can reign supreme in her beauty and abundance.

A signed MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) including a Non-disclosure clause, already exists between:

  1. EPH (Empowerment Property Holdings) Pty (Ltd)
  2. ATKV – SAKE Pty (Ltd)
  3. GBNR (Greater Balepye Nature Reserve) Pty (Ltd)
  4. Balepye TTH Pty (Ltd)
  5. Balepye Communal Property Association
  6. Rixile Poverty Alleviation Programme Pty (Ltd)

Utilising the current working model of the GBNR, the aim and purpose of this MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) is to expand the GBNR into the GMR (Greater Mopani Reserve) all the way to the KNP (Kruger National Park) and eventually remove all fences between them, creating a unique Protected Area / Concession, a true Wilderness area for commercial utilisation of the renewable natural resources to the mutual benefit and advantage of all stakeholders, in line with the objectives and specific outcomes of the South African NEMA (National Environmental Management Act).

This project will require a financial investment or contribution from stakeholders in the vicinity of US $ 40 million. A team including but not limited to a SME (Subject Matter Expert), Analysts, Legal experts, Charted Accountants and a Principal associated with and internationally respected education and training facility with a minimum of a PhD degree, will be required to Develop, Design and Draft a Project and Funding proposal of this magnitude.

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17 Longclaw, Meyersdal, Eco Estate
Alberton, Gauteng

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