“Global game changers are pleading with the planet to return this landscape to its pristine wilderness - an intact sanctuary that is an asset to Africa and the world."

The Conservation Initiative of Ven-Africa (CIVA*) is a non-profit company based in Zululand, South Africa.

CIVA aims to expand and protect the Mkuze Valley wilderness area so that it can serve as a sanctuary for native species and as a platform for education, research and community development.

The aspiration of CIVA is to create a self-sustaining wildlife and community area, in which both the people and natural flora and faunal species thrive; an intact and integrated haven that serves as an asset to the region and the world.
*CIVA is pronounced SIVA, which loosely translates to the phrase “Si Va!” meaning “Hell Yes!!” in Spanish. It encapsulates the motivation and passion of the team and exciting potential of the project.

“Millions of years of a meandering river through rolling hills has carved Africa’s rich beauty into the Mkhuze River Valley.

Once extensive cattle farms, in dense indigenous vegetation; conservationists and global game changers are now pleading with the planet to return this landscape to its pristine wilderness, to take down internal fences and dramatically expand wildlife rangeland.

The need to pull together in the name of a greater conservation benefit has never been more important. This includes the need to bring together community land, indigenous people, pristine habitats, degraded farmland, and existing wildlife ventures to make the Greater Mkhuze Valley Conservation area the discovered Gem in Africa.”

– Grant Fowlds, Project Rhino, author ‘Saving the Last Rhinos’
Mkhuze River Valley Zululand

“Millions of years of a meandering river through rolling hills has carved Africa’s rich beauty into the Mkhuze River Valley.

Once extensive cattle farms, in dense indigenous vegetation; conservationists and global game changers are now pleading with the planet to return this landscape to its pristine wilderness, to take down internal fences and dramatically expand wildlife rangeland.

The need to pull together in the name of a greater conservation benefit has never been more important. This includes the need to bring together community land, indigenous people, pristine habitats, degraded farmland, and existing wildlife ventures to make the Greater Mkhuze Valley Conservation area the discovered Gem in Africa.”

– GRANT FOWLDS, PROJECT RHINO, AUTHOR ‘SAVING THE LAST RHINOS’