Project Partners

African Parks

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. They currently manage 15 national parks and protected areas in 9 countries covering 10.5 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia.

The organisation was founded in 2000 in response to the dramatic decline of protected areas due to poor management and lack of funding. African Parks utilises a clear business approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas, securing vast landscapes and carrying out the necessary activities needed to protect the parks and their wildlife. African Parks maintains a strong focus on economic development and poverty alleviation of surrounding communities to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.

The geographic spread of protected areas and representation of different ecoregions, makes this the most ecologically diverse portfolio of parks under one management across Africa. Their goal is to manage 20 parks by 2020, protecting more than 10 million hectares. 

Tusk

Tusk’s mission is to amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa. 

The charity has earned a reputation for providing a highly efficient solution for funding wildlife conservation programmes. They partner with the most effective local organisations, investing in their in-depth knowledge and expertise. By supporting and nurturing their conservation programmes, they help accelerate growth from an innovative idea to a scalable solution. 

They also build long lasting relationships with our donors and seek to invest in long-term solutions because sustainable conservation needs sustained funding. 

For almost 30 years, Tusk has helped pioneer an impressive range of successful conservation initiatives across more than 20 countries, increasing vital protection for over 10 million acres of land and more than 40 different threatened species. However the threat to Africa’s unique natural heritage remains real and more urgent than ever. 

Wilderness Foundation Africa

Wilderness Foundation Africa is a conservation organisation working to protect and sustain all life on earth for the benefit of current and future generations.

Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) works to protect and sustain wildlife and wilderness through integrated conservation and education programmes. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, Wilderness Foundation Africa has 45 years of results.

WFA focuses on 3 areas: Species | Spaces | People. Their work is based on the values of: a passion for direct conservation action; respect for all living things; a deep commitment to conservation education and operations that demonstrate integrity, transparency, sustainability, and innovation.

Fundraising Initiative Partners

CCFA Seed Funder

Accor

Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years.

Beyond accommodations, Accor enables new ways to live, work, and play with food & beverage, nightlife, wellbeing, and coworking brands. To drive business performance, Accor’s portfolio of business accelerators amplify hospitality distribution, operations, and experience. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs—Le Club AccorHotels.

Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation, and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community. Planet 21 – Acting Here endeavours to act for positive hospitality, while Accor Solidarity, the endowment fund, empowers disadvantaged groups through professional training and access to employment.

Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States. For more information visit accor.com. Or become a fan and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

CCFA Seed Funder

Mantis

Mantis is a collection of hotels, eco-escapes, and waterways that offer curated experiences  to the well-heeled and conscious traveller. Rooted in conservation, Mantis pursues sustainable business practices and develops tourism products that are respectful of the environment and communities in which they operate.

Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, bustling city, private tropical island or frozen snowscape, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness.

Mantis constantly curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever. We will do anything in our power to advance the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the land, its creatures and our communities. We believe that the truly rare needs to be looked after and protected for future generations and are wholly committed to Legacy Creation.

Mantis hotels procure bathroom amenities, wines, coffee, and other amenities from suppliers that practice the utmost care for the environment and do not use animals to test their products. Mantis has partnered with Eco-planet Bamboo and is determined to replace all unsustainable packaging, and paper products in their hotels with bamboo alternatives.

In April 2018, Mantis joined the Accor Group, a strategic partnership which reinforced the Group as a leader in curated one-of-a-kind experiences and resonated with the Accor’s conservation platform; Planet21. Together, Mantis and AccorHotels created the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) in response to the urgent need for the tourism industry to play a greater role in conservation and community upliftment. CCFA is a registered NPO which funds community upliftment programmes and conservation operations in Africa.

Africology

Africology is the leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa and skincare company in South Africa, with its success spanning across international borders such as the USA, Europe and Britain. Therapeutic in its approach, Africology only uses all-natural ingredients that are bio-identical to your biology; effectively enhancing the integrity of your skin whilst simultaneously preventing premature ageing. Our product formulations and spa treatment offerings are inspired by the wisdom of Africa’s traditional healers and celebrate Africa’s vibrant heritage, communities and plant life. Our aim is always to ensure that the body and biology are treated in harmony whilst enjoying a truly authentic African offering.

Austin Marketing

Austin Marketing is a leading supplier of branded clothing, gifts and promotional items based in Port Elizabeth. Operating since 1999, they have established a national network which allows them to service every province in South Africa, supplying quality products at affordable prices. Our key markets are the hospitality and service industries, together with wildlife game lodges and reserves. We are able to supply eco and environmentally friendly items. We pride ourselves with contributing to the Community and Conservation fund Africa.

Baby Cuddles

Baby Cuddles is a privately owned manufacturing company specialising in quality soft toys and nursery decor. Based in Kylemore, a small missionary village just outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape we are able to work with a wonderful team of very talented ladies from the local community. The work created by the CCFA rhino project creates much-needed income in Kylemore and has given us the opportunity to offer more employment and training within the community as well as play a part in the conservation of our wonderful wildlife here in South Africa.

Ecoplanet Bamboo

EcoPlanet Bamboo is leading the industrialization of bamboo as a sustainable, alternative fiber. The company utilizes bamboo to reduce pressure on the world’s remaining forests through provision of a renewable wood and fiber, while restoring highly degraded and fragmented landscapes. Protection of these natural resources and a reduction in pressure on fragile ecosystems in turn leads to increased conservation of wildlife. EcoPlanet Bamboo supplies Mantis hotels with a range of niche products while working towards the provision of tree-free, deforestation-free toilet and tissue paper, packaging and textiles, thereby reducing the footprint of the travel industry. A percentage of the monthly revenue generated by the range of niche products supplied to Mantis hotels is donated to the CCFA. EcoPlanet Bamboo currently owns and operates sustainable bamboo farms in South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda and Nicaragua. For every Ecoplanet Bamboo product purchased by a Mantis property, Ecoplanet Bamboo makes a donation to CCFA.

Giltedge International

Giltedge International offers our clients customised corporate and personal travel solutions. Giltedge International is owned by Sean Kritzinger and Murray Gardiner, and managed by Mandy Jordaan. Part of the award-winning Giltedge Group, we have more than 15 years of experience in specialist luxury travel. Our core services include travel management for our 70+ corporate clients, as well as a VIP leisure service to handle all requests including honeymoons, custom-package holidays, cruises and adventure travel. Giltedge International, associated with the Sure Travel Group, has three offices in Cape Town. Giltedge International is a fully accredited travel agency with three IATA (International Air Transport Association) licenses. Giltedge International are encouraging all clients to support CCFA by adding a small additional ZAR amount to each booking.

Healing Earth

Healing Earth creates conscious holistic wellbeing products and solutions harnessed from the rich healing powers Africa. Combining sacred ancient wisdom with cutting-edge technology, the brand creates natural yet highly effective spa products, lifestyle amenities, spa concepts and holistic wellbeing experiences for five-star properties around the world. A pioneer in conscious hospitality, Healing Earth prides itself in its earth-, people- and animal-friendly offerings. Extending its ethos of wellbeing to the planet and all its inhabitants, Healing Earth is a proud supporter of CCFA, in addition to running its own Healing Earth Foundation for community upliftment in South Africa.

Kalahari Tours

Kalahari Tours is a proud supporter of CCFA. Kalahari Holiday Tours is a dynamic, Kasane-based company right on the doorstep of Chobe National Park Botswana. The company specializes in tented overnight safaris, game drives, boat cruises and transfers in the area and across borders. We offer professional service and experienced guides and staff.Regular camping trips run within Chobe National Park with various overnight options available. On daily game drives, guests can enjoy optimum wildlife viewing from the comfort of specially adapted 4×4 vehicles. Boat cruises into Chobe National Park offer some first-rate game viewing from a variety of vessels including doubledecker and aluminium speedboats. Day trips can be arranged to and from Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Kalahari Tours offers the best value and service in Chobe.

Meridian Wine

Wine for Good. For over 21 years, Meridian Wine Merchants has been connecting premium Cape wines with people to add to their enjoyment of life whilst building a sustainable future for the farms in our portfolio. Nature is at the very heart of the wine business and as a company, we care deeply about conservation of the environment, biodiversity and the upliftment of rural communities. Our support extends to the Community Conservation Fund Africa through The Mantis and Accor group of hotels, one of their founding sponsors, where a donation is made every time a bottle of wine from the Meridian wine portfolio is ordered. We are delighted that together with our portfolio of more than 20 of the finest Cape wine producers representing over 30 brands, we can contribute to conserving the world for future generations. 

Monrae Solutions

Monrae solutions is proud to be a supporter of CCFA. Monrae Solutions (PTY)Ltd is a Eco-Friendly cleaning and problem solving/supplying Company. We specialise in the elimination , cleaning and removal of Industrial oil mess , At Monrae Solutions , we supply products that are specifically designed with focus on creating and supplying brilliant , affordable products , while caring for the environment. Each solution is bespoke to your business and individual sites. We mentor you and your staff through the processes , so that you can continue to maintain effective practices as business changes.

Monrae Solutions Visions:

  • To Research And Invest In The Best Available Products And Technology, Delivered Through The Highest Levels Of Service
  • To Make A Meaningful Contribution To The Way We And Our Clients Impact The Environment
  • To Play Our Part In Helping To Make The World A Better Place For Us All To
  • To Play Our Part In Helping To Make The World A Better Place For Us All To Live

Reduced Waste. Going green can improve the overall efficiency of a business. Reducing unnecessary waste can trim operating costs for the business.

Painted Wolf Wines

Painted Wolf Wines, a multi award winning boutique family business founded in 2007 by Jeremy and Emma Borg, draws inspiration from the social dynamic and energy of Painted wolves (African wild dogs). The Painted Wolf pack is a community who deliver fabulous grapes and high level technical and practical skills to the company, allowing the crafting of a range of specialist wines from organic and sustainably farmed grapes. Their emphasis is on proudly South African Chenin and Pinotage, and on Rhone cultivars. Our philosophy and wine quality presents a unique proposition:-

The association with African wild dogs & donations to respected conservation organisations Real and personal stories of Africa The nature of our company built on community and relationships. The inter-relationship between our wines, art, cycling and conservation. Unique and distinct label artwork across the ranges.

We donate approximately 4% of our annual turnover to Painted Wolf conservation & social upliftment. For every bottle of wine purchased by a Mantis or Accor property, Painted Wolves will be donating a percentage back to CCFA.

Penmark

Penmark is delighted to be associated with CCFA in this fantastic initiative. Penmark Hospitality delivers an exciting range of hospitality wares right to your door: linens, tableware, kitchenware, bedroom and bathroom amenities, uniforms, gift shop items. Penny Hillock founder of Penmark Warehousing established the company in 1986, manufacturing branded garments for corporate companies. Over the last 20 years Penmark has been trading with other countries bringing in garments, gift’s, bags and many more for our clients. We believe that strong and reliable relationships need to be established to create a successful brand. 33 Years in the business of sourcing products, branding and working to deadlines gives us the edge you need to keep your hotel, guest house, restaurant or venue kitted out with beautiful, quality items at very affordable prices.

Ray Dearlove

South African born and educated. Ray Dearlove emigrated with his family to Australia in 1987. Ray’s love of wildlife started at a very young age when his family visited the Kruger National Park on an annual basis. In May 2013, Ray founded The Australian Rhino Project which was focused on establishing breeding herds of white and black rhinoceros in Australia as an insurance population for the two species which face the threat of extinction. In partnership with internationally known organisations such as Investec Australia and the Business and Veterinary Schools of the University of Sydney, this project gained serious global momentum – a daunting but extremely important and satisfying venture (and adventure). This Project is ongoing. Ray has now turned his hand to writing and he recently published the Book of Poems for the Rhino. Ray’s book is sold in South Africa, and all proceeds go towards supporting CCFA.

Seapride

From the Skeleton Coast to the banks of the Zambezi River, from Epupa Falls to Luderitz, Sea Pride Foods goes anywhere. Our state of the art refrigerated trucks can reach any destination on land whilst our quiet barge glides amongst the hippos and crocodiles on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers. Simply anywhere! Our branches in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Harare (Zimbabwe) and Lusaka (Zambia) offer a variety of unique brands for the hospitality and retail industry. Our delivery and logistics systems are run by a team of passionate individuals with the same goal in mind: to service clients with the utmost professional touch. Simply the best!

Safari News

Safari News is a quarterly conservation and travel publication, packed with travel ideas, environmental news and the best of Africa’s natural wonders, Safari News is the must-have guide to your next adventure. Read about the latest strides in conservation as you celebrate the continent’s natural spaces, parks and reserves.  Safari News offers inspiration to those seeking road trip adventures, rare experiences in the great outdoors, and destinations never dreamt of before.  The Safari News journalists interview and engage with the leading scientists, researchers and NGOs on relevant topics. The publication features a range of animal, insect, marine and plant species from across Africa.

A mix of digital and print distribution and social media exposure ensures the publication reaches a wide audience around the world. 

Safari News are working with CCFA to raise awareness of the plight of the wildlife and wilderness in Africa and our aim is to raise $ 1 billion annually which will be utilised to assist worthy causes.

Upfront Décor

Upfront Decor has been supplying the Retail and Hotel Industry for the past 17 years. Upfront Décor prides itself in being able to provide their clients with a high quality luxurious range of hospitality linen products which can be customised to suit any establishments demanding needs. Upfront Décor is a member of the CCFA, which aims to uplift the community by donating a percentage of all sales to the Mantis Collection Group of hotels and properties. Upfront Décor is proud to be able to contribute to this amazing cause and give back to the community.

Wiesenhof Coffee

Kobus Wiese, founder and creator of Wiesenhof Coffees was born with the passion to achieve his goals and transform his ambitious dreams into reality. Wiesenhof Coffees is the fulfilment of these dreams! Conceived in 1998 by Wiesenhof Coffees is the fulfilment of these dreams! Conceived in 1998 by Kobus and Belinda Wiese, the Wiesenhof brand, reputation and unique offering continues to grow and flourish. With this growth, quality has not been compromised for size, and Wiesenhof remains a truly gourmet roaster, led by people who naturally thrive in this industry. Being owner managed with a combined 26 years’ experience in the coffee industry, the family understands the unique requirements of the South African user profile. They have strategically aligned themselves with product suppliers, coffee estates, equipment manufacturers and technically skilled people who are adaptable in their approach whilst maintaining world class standards and offering an affordable, consistently superior product. Wiesenhof Roastery supports CCFA by donating a percentage to CCFA for every packet of coffee sold through Mantis hotels.