“The objective of the Ant Collection is to create sustainable tourism by means of conserving the environment around us, enriching the lives of our guests and staff alike as well as uplifting the community and providing as much skills and development to the locals as possible.” – The Ant Collection
In a developing country such as South Africa, the tourism industry is so important. It is one of the world’s fastest growing economic sectors and can be used as a great tool for promoting sustainable development and accelerating poverty eradication. Community minded and always willing to help out when needed, The Ant Collection understands that tourism is directly linked to conservation and community development, and embraces that responsibility wholeheartedly.
Here are 3 of the many ongoing projects that Ants is currently involved with:
Save the Waterberg Rhino
Owners of The Ant Collection, Ant and Tessa, founded the Save the Waterberg Rhino foundation in 2012. The foundation aims to raise funds to protect rhinos on privately owned land within the Waterberg Biosphere area. Soon after it was founded, Save the Waterberg Rhino teamed up with The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and StopRhinoPoaching.com to help private land owners safeguard rhinos from poachers. A team of respected members of the community, rhino owners, rhino specialists and security experts help to manage the Save the Waterberg Rhino foundation.
African Community Outreach
The Ant Collection are active supporters of the African Community Outreach non-profit organisation. The project supports hundreds of poverty-stricken families, widows and orphans in the Vaalwater area by visiting with them in their homes, providing food, medical care and assisting children in getting into schools. African Community Outreach relies on donations from the general public, businesses and the commercial sector for funding. It costs R20 per day to feed a child and guests at Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill often donate generously towards this worthy cause.
Community Support and Upliftment
The Ant collection works in partnership with the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve on the YES Project (Youth Environmental Services). The provides unemployed youths from the area with training and skills to get back into employment. There are four training projects; wildlife security, chef training, housekeeping and nature guiding. Ants offers placements for all of the above and the majority of the staff are employed from the local community.
It seems safe to say that at The Ant Collection; your conscience can rest at ease!