The Story of Conservancies

Conservancies KZN (KwaZulu-Natal Conservancies Association) is the largest and most active voluntary conservation organisation in South Africa. The Association was formed in 1981 and the first Conservancy started at Balgowan in the Midlands. There are now nearly 100 Conservancies in KwaZulu-Natal. Conservancies KZN is a registered Non Profit Organisation (206-662 NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930023747)

Originally, a Conservancy was a privately owned piece of land under conservation, usually a farm or wilderness area. Today, Conservancies are defined as the organisation; in other words the people are the Conservancy, not the conservation area itself. Ordinary people, from all walks of life, make up Conservancies. Conservancies are now found in suburban, rural, river, farm, estuary, coastal, industrial, institutional and residential estate areas.

Conservancies KZN has widened its scope of operation by forming partnerships with other Conservation organisations and municipalities. The Association is a member of NACSSA (National Association of Conservancies and Stewardship of South Africa)

Operational Structure



If we destroy habitats,
we destroy species


Our wildlife
needs your help


We can’t live
without water
Conservancies and


Conservation creates
strong communities