Our Story

CCFA, a registered non-profit company (NPC), is both a fundraising and a grant-giving organization, active in educating and empowering local communities to help themselves by implementing sustainable wildlife management systems.

Guests who visit the 30+ Mantis Collection hotels, eco-escapes and waterways play an important role in supporting conservation-led travel and hospitality. It’s about curated destinations, inspired by sustainable adventures.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Fund has brought together three internationally successful wildlife conservation organisations: Wilderness Foundation Africa, African Parks and Tusk Trust and collaborates on projects in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

Through our projects and interventions we are trying to shift mind sets, to encourage people to become more accountable for their actions and to safeguard our wildlife and wilderness areas.  Whether it is tourists visiting our properties, our suppliers, team members or the local community, we want to incentivise everyone to preserve our planet.

We are here to help educate our tourists, communities and stakeholders to support our wildlife and wilderness areas.

During our 18 month journey our projects have helped improve the environment for people as well as nature, as well as:

  • Contributed towards the alleviation of poverty
  • Assisted with personal and social transformation
  • Changed and uplifted communities
  • Addressed ways of creating more sustainable lifestyles, while also helping to offset carbon emissions.

Successful projects are currently being supported in seven countries in Southern Africa with positive outcomes. They range from focusing on gorilla health in Rwanda through to bringing clean drinking water to communities in Namibia, stopping the illegal trade of the endangered grey-crowned cranes, creating green landscapes, supporting elephant conservation and the human/elephant conflict mitigation program in Namibia and creating a fisheries project that currently supports around 120 families.

Core Team Members

Di Luden

Executive Director

Di is our CCFA team leader and oversees all aspects of the fund. She is our ‘chief communications officer’; developing and maintaining connections between the founders, investors and beneficiaries of the CCFA.

On a personal level, Di has been inspired by the CCFA initiative, as well as the passion and motivation of its founding partners. Touching base with the communities involved in the program has made returning to South Africa after 9 years working abroad, all the more meaningful to Di. She feels humbled by the smiles on the faces of people living in local impoverished communities and is committed to her purposeful role at the CCFA, which allows her to contribute to the ripple effect of small changes that will ultimately make a big difference to the global environment and communities. 

Tania Plakonouris

Project Support

Tania is a nature lover at heart so it seems natural that her career path has led her from studies in nature conservation to where she is now – working in a project support and development role with the CCFA team.

Tania’s experience in managing a series of children’s environmental education programmes for a hotel group in Kenya, along with working for a couple of South Africa’s top game reserves, means that CCFA educational and hospitality driven projects benefit from her insights therein. Tania enjoys camping and travelling with her family and envisages spending her final days on Earth working on a horse ranch.

PATRONS & AMBASSADORS

Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall [Patron] is a BAFTA winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV’s ‘Deadly 60’. This in addition to his other BBC work as part of the expedition teams in Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar. He has also worked for the National Geographic and Discovery Channels as well as publishing three novels for children and several non-fictions works.

Steve has been passionate about the environment from a young age and remains an ardent conservationist.  He believes that getting kids outside at an early age is vital to encourage them to love nature and the environment.  He is one of the busiest presenters on television, mainly working for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. He has had his own season of programmes on Eden television channel alongside legends David Attenborough and Bruce Parry. Before that, he was ‘Adventurer in Residence’ at the National Geographic Channel.

Steve has completed many endurance events, finished in the top third of the field in the Marathon Des Sables, the top ten of UK’s Tough Guy, 5th in the Welsh 1000m peaks marathon and completed the Devizes to Westminster kayak race. He is absolutely passionate about rock and ice climbing and all disciplines of kayaking and cycling.

Steve supports a number of charities in the UK and abroad.  He is married to Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover and they have three children including twins.

http://www.stevebackshall.com/

 

Ed Stafford

Ed Stafford [Patron] holds the Guinness World Record for being the first person to have walked the length of the Amazon River in South America. The journey took 860 days.  Ed filmed and blogged his dangerous journey and engaged followers all over the world for almost two and a half years.  Sir Ranulph Fiennes described his expedition as being ‘truly extraordinary… in the top league of expeditions past and present’.  Ed is an explorer and adventurer and now the face of survival and adventure on the Discovery Channel. He is also an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author.

Ed has given keynote talks in major cities worldwide and is known for his honest, real and no-nonsense way of imparting the lessons he learned along his arduous journeys. He uses his adventures to inspire adults and kids alike to get outside and take some risks. Ed believes passionately that adventures can be catalysts for personal growth and development.  His first venture into television projects was to self-film a 60-day survival experiment for Discovery Channel. Dropped off alone and naked on an uninhabited tropical island in the Pacific, with no food, no water and no tools, it was his ultimate solo survival test to date.

He went on to film several survival series for Discovery Channel. His 9th series ‘Ed Stafford: First Man Out’ Series 2 is due to air on the Discovery Channel in the latter part of 2020.  In 2011, Ed was awarded European Adventurer of the Year and the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to geographical knowledge through exploration.

Ed is married to fellow adventurer Laura Bingham and they have one son.

https://www.edstafford.org/

Bottomless Coffee Band

Bottomless Coffee Band (BCB) [Ambassador] is the first ambassador for CCFA.  The duo’s strong belief and inspiration for making a difference was the driving force behind the song –  ‘Wilderness’ – written and produced to consolidate the partnership with CCFA.

This Cape Town based multi-instrumental, alternative duo are married couple Lourens and Esté Rabé. Their style can be described as folk-pop with a hint of blues and classical.

Lourens, a city boy from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, met Esté, a drama student and small-town Karoo girl from Graaff-Reinet at a choir rehearsal while they were students at Stellenbosch University. They soon realised that they had more in common than a mutual dream to be musicians, they both wanted to use music as a platform to reach people with an uplifting message.

The duo started performing together in 2010 and even though they had full time corporate careers after graduating, they continued their pursuit of music part time. By 2014 they were juggling 10-15 shows per month and, with full time careers it soon became evident they needed to take a leap of faith and ‘quit their day-jobs’ to make music professionally.

After their debut album ‘Room With A View’ was released at the end of 2014 they went on a national tour across South Africa. The tour was a sell-out and BCB became crowd favourites for melodic storytelling and electrifying performances, inspiring the nostalgia of the folk-rock legends of yesteryear. With foot stomping rhythms, hard hitting lyrics and hints of the dramatic, they are impressive both to listen to and to watch.

https://bottomlesscoffeeband.com/

We’re pleased to have BCB as CCFA ambassadors.

 

GOVERNANCE

The following governance documents are available on request for funders & partners:

  1. Certificate of NPO Registration
  2. Tax Exemption Document
  3. Privacy Policy
  4. Refund and Cancellation Policy
  5. Terms and Conditions

Physical Address: 260 Walmer Boulevard | South End | Port Elizabeth | 6001

Tel: +27 41 404 9300

Registration Number: 2008/418808/08