"When the last lion roars, Africa's precious wildness will truly be gone. We owe it to the world and to the future generations of Africans to avert this monumental tragedy."

Dr Andrew Loveridge , Associate Director Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford.

Safaris in Africa are now no longer about hunting big game. Increasing global awareness of the fragility of our wildlife has resulted in expanding conservation efforts to preserve the precious last natural wild habitats of nature. Contemporary visitors prefer to observe and photograph wildlife in their natural habitats rather than the hunting of an animal.

Silwane, like other community conservation areas, are an important turning point. Silwane has been created with local land holders, who together form the Silwane Conservation Area (SCA). This encompasses about 1,700 hectares of a previous hunting area, being adjacent to the legendary Hwange National Park where wildlife know no boundaries, and can now move freely between the two without risk of being shot.

It is hoped that the success of Silwane will encourage other land holders in the Gwayi hunting area, to join forces in establishing a larger conservation area, for the support of the local communities towards the conservation of the wildlife. This will also offer visitors an opportunity to appreciate this unique wilderness, finding rest and tranquillity from a busy world.