Somkhanda Community Game Reserve is a community-owned Big 5 game reserve located in northern Zululand stretching across 12,000 hectares of rolling hills and natural bushland habitat. Somkhanda Community Game Reserve is owned by the Emvokweni Community Trust (ECT), who represent the Gumbi community, and is co-managed by WILDLANDS – a programme of the WILDTRUST. The Reserve focuses on improving ecosystem management and driving interventions that conserve endangered wildlife and species vulnerable to poaching and the illegal trade. Somkhanda promotes growth for the Gumbi community through ecotourism and environmental education opportunities, currently employing around 100 community members.
The Somkhanda Challenge was created with a vision to fundraise for the upgrading of the tourism facilities and the various conservation interventions and strategies that take place on the reserve which include Adopt-A-Rhino, Adopt-A-Wild Animal, Adopt-A-Camera Trap, dehorning and fitting collars to track the various species on the reserve.