Community First

Pungwe Safari Camp believes and promotes an interdependent relationship with the surrounding communities of Manyeleti. 

Over the past 25 years we have nurtured a close working relationship with various villages within the communities of Thorndale, Hlalakahle, Hlavukisa, Gottenburg, Welverdiend and Hluvhukani.


Pungwe espouses an interdependant relationship which emphasizes support and development for community initiatives.


Our support for community initiatives include:-


  • Employing 60% of staff from the owners of Manyaleti. These are drawn from the 153 Land Claimant families. Pungwe places a great emphasis on skills development and as a result all of our staff were trained up to meet the standards required of a premium safari company.

  • Some years ago Pungwe built a creche in the beighbouring Thorndale village. We provide ongoing support to Mary Baloyi ( Creche head) with her skills development.

  • Pungwe provides the main meal each day for the 51 children who attend the creche.

  • Recently Pungwe facilitated the purchase and installation of water tank at the creche to provide runing water for the creche and its pupils.

  • Every year at the annual graduation Pungwe supports the event by sponsoring food and gifts for the children.

  • Pungwe supports Nourish, an NGO that has various projects in the adjoining communities, in particuliar we support their Moringa bath gel and shampoo project. Our amenities are all moringa oil based, no chemicals are used in the manufacture of these products.


  • The Pungwe lady staff have a beaded doily initiative which comprises of a group of women who produce beaded crafts that our guests can purchase. All revenue from these purchases go directly the Ladies.

  • Recycle and Repurpose is a mantra Pungwe believes in - we support a group of ladies who make place mats made of local sedges and plastic waste. These mats are used at Pungwe and are also sold to our guests. All revenue gained once again goes to the ladies manufacturing the place mats.

  • Pungwe sponsors the annual heritage day celebrations. This initiative aimed at creating cultural and natural heritage awareness amongst the youth in surrounding communities, with a major focus on the challenges of Rhino poaching. Pungwe, in conjunction with the SAPS and Capt Ubisi in particuliar, sponsors and coordinates this annual event on 24th September.

  • Pungwe has supported the Wild shots photographic outreach project. Wildshots focusses on getting youth from surrounding communities on photographic workshops. These workshops include visits to Manyaleti and Pungwe has hosted these youth groups on a safari where they can obtain practical wildlife photographic experience.