The Africa Connection

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions isn’t your typical resort. Its authentic African theme is designed to bring families together in the African spirit of Ubuntu or “togetherness”— the philosophy that encompasses a belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity. A love of Africa is shared with guests in every aspect of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, from the handcrafted artwork on the walls to the original music throughout the resort that supports African artists and craftspeople. It’s all part of Kalahari’s commitment to bring guests a beyond-expectations experience.

The Nelson family regularly returns to Africa to reconnect with the land that inspired their vision, strengthen the ties with communities throughout the continent, and source artisan items for their properties. Todd Nelson said, “The majesty of Africa and the continent’s beauty are our inspiration for the resorts. My family has long been inspired by the spirit and culture of Africa, ever since our first visit to the continent more than 20 years ago, and it’s important to us to support those we’ve met there by sharing their artwork, craftsmanship and talents with our guests.”

Partnerships to be Proud of: 

  • Kalahari partners with Clean the World – the largest global recycler of hotel amenities and has diverted hundreds of thousands of soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels from landfills. These items have been sterilized and recycled and distributed to people all over the world – totaling: 43,000+ pounds of waste collected, 141,000+ soap bars and 33,000+ hygiene kits distributed and 12,500+ pounds of plastic recycled.
  • Mandela Poster Project– in 2016, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions worked with the Mandela Collective to bring the famed “Mandela Poster Project” to US soil for the first time. The event held in Brooklyn, NY welcomed members of the collective, as well as artists to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy. The company continues the support of the project – most recently financing the “Be Like Madiba” journal project that distributes books of the collection to children in Africa.