Magic Hills Game Reserve is committed to rehabilitating and rewilding this magical corner of the Earth – and we will continue to go to great lengths to do so, but we acknowledge that funding will be necessary every step of the way. This is why we created the iSanti Karoo Foundation – a means for us to enable others who are as committed to conservation as us to step in and support us, but more than that, to become a part of the journey. While profits from our accommodation and hospitality arm of the business will always be funneled back into our conservation plight, we can do so much more with the help of others. It is with this in mind that we invite investors, philanthropists and any good Samaritans to pledge a donation or become an investor.

Financial contributions enable us to do so much more, but we encourage our contributors to also get involved in a more definitive or hands-on way if they so wish. We invite you to join us in pulling down the fences, removing alien vegetation, tracking our wildlife and getting to intimately know this magical reserve that we reside over. There is something very humbling about being involved in the release of a previously neglected animal, tracking of wildlife in order to collar and release them, or even something as gentle and engaging as planting indigenous trees.

Crowdfunding, donations and investment partners will make it possible for us to finance various types of projects. Donors can choose to become involved in any one of the many initiatives we are currently embarking on, including (but not limited to):

  • Wildlife rescue and rewilding
  • Building a sanctuary and on-site clinic for repatriated animals
  • Restoring and reconstructing the house of Jan Smuts
  • Further investigation, research and restoring of the Khoi rock art and paintings
  • The removal of unwanted invasive vegetation and combatting erosion
  • Cultivating and expanding the planting of Spekboom trees and educating visitors on this magic medicinal plant
  • Research and scientific projects in collaboration with renowned universities
  • Social upliftment in the neighbouring communities.

Are you ready to get involved and become a part of this incredible journey?

Donations from across the globe

Whether by credit card, wire transfer or cheque, o even via PayPal, you can rest assured that your donation will be put to good use. Enquire with our team about cost-effective solutions for cross-country donations and the TAX implications.

Donations from South Africa

You can make a direct donation to our iSant Karoo Foundation, which is a registered non-profit foundation. Speak to our team about the TAX directives or if you would like this to form a part of a CSI initiative for your company or businesses. 

Statistically, about 5500 black rhinos remain alive today. A critically endangered species, targeted for its magnificent horn, most black rhinos live under the protection of public and private reserves, and private organizations made up of passionate people.

Magic Hills Game Reserve is one such reserve.

In the last decade, South Africa lost 8288 black and white rhinos to the illegal horn trade. During the peak of the poaching crisis in 2015, three rhinos were being killed every single day. By 2019, through the dedicated anti-poaching efforts of public and private reserves, as well as criminal investigations making a greater difference on the ground, these statistics had dropped, with a rhino being poached every 15 hours.

What is even more devastating to consider is that with every rhino killed, its potential to breed and reproduce is wiped out with it.

Why Rhino Horn?

Traditional healers in Asian countries have sold the belief that crushed rhino horn may heal cancer, among other afflictions. While this is totally untrue, rich and elite of these countries will pay almost anything for a chance at a cure, with Rhino horn fetching as much as $ 65 000 per kilogram – a higher price than diamonds, gold, and even cocaine.

Rhino horn has an even greater appeal purely for its rarity. No country in the East allows the legal trade in horn, so it’s not easy to come by – those who possess it flaunt it as expensive trinkets, bracelets and beads.

On the ground, here in southern Africa, poor communities in rural areas are targeted by larger syndicates and enticed into a life of crime. Heavily kitted with illegal firearms, knives, axes and saws that will be used to brutally deface a rhino, local community-men are paid a small fortune for rhino horn. Coming from poverty-stricken backgrounds, the prospect of easy money is hard to resist, and many die for it.

Help Us to Protect our Black Rhino

The topography and vegetation on Magic Hills Game Reserve makes the ideal habitat for black rhino, and so we have taken the responsibility to home and protect this precious species.

All proceeds that exceed the operating costs of our hospitality establishments are used to fund conservation and wildlife protection. To run and maintain a 20 100-hectare reserve is a massive cost, before we even consider the specific costs of caring for and protecting our black rhino.

And so, in times like this, when there is simply not enough funds and resources, we reach out to the public for help. With every donation our chances of keeping our rhino safe increase, through the following measures:

  • Hiring of sufficient staff on the ground to track the rhino and monitor rhino movements daily
  • Kitting those staff with uniform, boots, protective gear and warm clothing
  • Fuel and vehicle maintenance costs
  • Funding of future purchase and transportation of black rhino for the breeding of new generations
  • To fund darting and veterinary exercises, where rhino need extra care
  • Funding of long-term plans to incorporate technology into the tracking and care for rhino, such as telemetry systems
  • Rewilding of the reserve, in order to give the rhinos ample place to hide, eat well, and reproduce.

As custodians of this part of the earth, we take our responsibility to protect every piece of it seriously. We need your help to protect our rhino… To protect your rhino.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey, to preserve a future where rhinos continue to roam Africa free and wild. Please consider giving – only as much as you’re able – to help us work toward that future.

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