"!Khuin !Kwa Kalahari Experience" – Empowering the Khomani-San community through conservation & tourism. SEED Case Study

SEED Case Study Khuin Kwa Kalahari Experience
Heuër, Amélie; Rainer Agster, Christine Meyer and Jona Liebl 2016: "!Khuin !Kwa Kalahari Experience". Empowering the Khomani-San community through conservation & tourism. SEED Case Study. Berlin: SEED.

To provide a more in-depth understanding of how eco-enterprises work, how they can help achieve sustainable development on the ground and how enabling frameworks can be created to help them scale up, SEED offers a range of detailed case studies that have emerged from various SEED Research projects. The 2016 case study series by SEED sheds a light on the versatile impacts of locally-driven eco-enterprises. The individual case studies are enhanced with short multimedia features that showcase the innovation, the partnership and the social and environmental impact of each enterprise. 

This case study highlights the South African enterprise Khuin !Kwa Kalahari Experience (KK). The enterprise offers authentic eco-tours within and around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. What sets KK apart from other tours, is that the enterprise is led by the Khomani San community and the tours embrace the traditions of the Khomani San culture. This offers visitors not only the opportunity to see the extraordinary landscapes and biodiversity of the region, but also to experience life through the eyes of the Khomani San descendants, one of the oldest groups of people on the planet. Through its inclusive approach, KK provides the community with employment opportunities, builds local knowledge and skills in conservation and tourism, and aligns the needs and values of the community with conservation.