Conservation & Community
We at Nimali Africa believe nature is Africa’s greatest wealth.
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY
Conservation and community drive our passion for preserving and protecting the land, wildlife and the people that surround us through providing exceptional and authentic safari experiences.
CONSERVATION & RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
We want to share our passion for responsible tourism and our commitment to conservation with people across the world and encourage others to do the same. We all have a part to play in protecting this magnificent continent and creating a legacy for the next generation.
Human Encroachment and Anti-poaching
One of the biggest threats to wildlife today is human encroachment. With the growing human population and unregulated agricultural expansions, there is a serious strain both on the wildlife and the natural environment where they live. As a company, we employ local people as part of our anti-poaching team to protect the wildlife whilst helping to ease the human-wildlife conflict, particularly for those villages on the front line. The team help to educate the community to understand the direct benefit from tourism whilst protecting the wildlife and areas where we operate.
Nimali Tarangire is sandwiched between its own private concession bordering the Tarangire National Park on one side and the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the other, which together is over 32,000 acres. We provide our own team of anti-poaching rangers with vehicles, fuel, food, equipment, allowances, rewards, GPS and radios and together with the WMA, we share the responsibility to protect this unique area and look after its wildlife and people.
Our camps are small and specially designed to be as eco-friendly as possible and to limit the impact on the land. Our camps operate on a solar system for our energy including solar water pumps, heaters and solar fridges and we have a no plastic policy at all our lodges. We are also introducing refillable water bottles in the camps for the use on game drives to decrease the use of one use plastic bottles. Particular attention is given to the recycling of materials that are used in camp and we try and reduce waste as much as we can. There is a recycling program in place in Arusha and we ensure all items are returned from our camps to this centre.
Our hands-on, sensitive approach to our ongoing conservation initiatives has proved hugely successful and continues to help our local communities which in turn leads to local pride and confidence. Local people are at the heart of decisions that affect them both directly and indirectly and this produces a more enjoyable experience for guests through more meaningful connections with staff and local people and a greater understanding and respect of their cultural, social and environmental issues.
The people who live in the villages surrounding the wildlife areas play an integral part of helping us to ensure that the wildlife in these areas is protected and in return, we help the community to benefit economically. By educating and employing those from the local communities, we are able to provide them with opportunities to grow and gain economic independence.
Nimali Africa has an enduring community development program through the provision of school supplies, building materials, medical supplies and drilling water wells for the people living in the communities that surround our camps.
Many children that live in the villages surrounding our camps are malnourished. The lack of clean water is a serious issue in many of these communities and to help alleviate this problem, we have trained a team to operate a portable water drilling rig that can be transported into remote areas where water wells are badly needed. We have already drilled wells in the remote village of Loboserrit.
The wildlife in our areas and the communities that surround our camps are inextricably linked. By protecting the wildlife and helping to increase their numbers, this attracts tourism which in turn, creates jobs with both meaningful and lasting benefits. Employment brings hope, change and innovation into our communities and we are proud to employ the majority of our staff from nearby villages.
Our ongoing community projects help create awareness of conservation and the importance that wildlife and the environment can play. We have funded a fantastic new secondary school in Loboserrit village, complete with five classrooms and a laboratory and we are working on adding accommodation for more teachers. We have also built an additional classroom at Lemoti Village and new solar power which provides enough energy for the entire school. Work is ongoing to provide more classrooms within the school and an upgrade of the medical facilities within this community. At Makuyuni village, constructing additional teachers’ houses has helped ease pressure on the existing teacher accommodation and at Kimatorok village, we have helped the community to complete the half-finished classroom blocks and introduced a feeding program to enable the school children to have both lunch and breakfast on a daily basis.
Guests will soon be able to visit Mswakini school, close to Nimali Tarangire Camp, where we have provided new classrooms and educational materials. This ongoing project is aimed at helping to improve educational standards and have a positive impact in the lives of those close to our conservancy.
Our vision is for local communities to understand and benefit from the opportunities that arise from tourism. We can help achieve this in a number of ways:
The majority of our staff come from the surrounding villages and these jobs in turn benefit extended families within the community.
Through teaching and first-hand experience, and particularly talking to the children and giving them the opportunity to experience a wildlife safari, they can see for themselves that the protection of wildlife leads to the increase in tourism numbers.
By protecting the habitat and thus increasing wildlife numbers, the areas in which we operate become game rich and will in turn, attract more visitors.
Nimali Africa is committed to offering guests exceptional safari experiences with a limited number of guests and vehicles. This will ensure we meet our commitments and maintain a healthy balance between wildlife and those communities on the front line.
Our legacy is to provide hope for these communities to achieve economic independence that will in turn, lead to change and innovation in years to come.