The Mahenye Shangaan community has been engaged in a community-based conservation and tourism programme for more than 30 years which has enabled it to withstand very significant climatic, economic and socio-political over times. Such a resilience is largely due to the vision and committment of the community and of Campfire pioneer Clive Stockil who developed a unique ecotourism experience in partnership with Mahenye. But now that black rhinos are back in Gonarezhou National Park, an even more unique experience can be offered to tourists visiting Chilo Lodge as this crtically endangered and emblematic species roams again in the Park.
But this also benefits the women of Mahenye and their nutrition gardens, as more clients in the lodge also means more income to them, directly and indirectly with surplus vegetables from the nutrition gardens being sold to the lodge. And with our support they can now expand their gardens and generate more income that will directly benefit their health, that of their families, of their animals and of wildlife... True One Health in Action.
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