Tourism for People with Special Needs Start-up Looking for Investor

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Country: Botswana Botswana
  • Industry: Tourism, Recreation
  • Stage: Start-up
  • Investment size: $20,000,000 / min. $5,000,000
  • Type of investment: Debt

Investment Opportunity

The project aims to address the current inadequacies in Eco Tourism facilities for Special Needs Persons, Eco Awareness Education and Training for the youth sector.

Liyatshwa Safaris for Special Needs People is an eco-tourism private nature reserve and game lodge project in Botswana and together with local community development forms the basis of the project
There is in all of us the need to renew our links with nature especially for people with special needs and we are the vehicle to do just that in a growing tourism industry.
The name Liyatshwa (The Rising Sun) is derived from the Tswana language
Subject to final development facilitation the Liyatshwa Private Nature Reserve in Botswana will inter-alia featuring the following;
1. Guest Lodge : Restaurant + 10Rooms + Pool + Spa
2. Nature Reserve : Indigenous Game + Birding + Four of the Big Five +The Little Five
3. Eco Adventures : Game Drives + Hiking + Fishing
4. Community : Healing Centre + Eco-Education/Conservation Bush School
Land has been found and may be purchased, on the Limpopo River in the Tuli Block of Botswana, approximately 5 hours drive from Johannesburg. The land is situated in the footprint of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) formally known as the Limpopo/Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is a property of 8660 hectares of pristine and unspoiled bush, with big trees and scattered koppies.

It enjoys the status of game ranch with four of the big five (buffalos are not allowed in Botswana for fear of foot and mouth disease) roaming freely, surrounded by other properties also used as game ranches. The game farm has a 5.5 km river front on the Limpopo river. The road to reach it is in very good condition and there is an international airport (Limpopo Valley Airport) with customs officers in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, which is not more than a 40 minutes drive from the ranch.

A portion of the ranch consisting of 2500 hectares, has been fenced with a solar powered, elephant standard electrified fence and was used for breeding red hartebeest, blue wildebeests, kudus and other antelopes. The rest of the large open area has free roaming elephants. There are 9 boreholes that feed the existing house, the tented camp and 5 waterholes, also powered by solar panels and diesel generators. The existing house has 4 en suite bedrooms and living/dining room with open plan kitchen. The tented camp has 4 big tents with en suite bathrooms and a central cooking, eating and living area; there is staff accommodation in 3 different areas on the property.

Our intention is to develop a 20-bed lodge, specifically designed for Special Needs clientele. Conference facilities will be provided.
As an add-on feature, research is being conducted to also establish a breeding and rehabilitation centre for the Rhinoceros and sable, for reintroduction into the wild or other private nature reserves.

Based on the budgeted various project modules a second phase that of the development of a wilderness estate development (Holiday Lodges : 10 Luxury Sectional Title Units) is expected to give a good return on investments and would take between eighteen and twenty four months to complete and sectional title site sales concluded within six months thereafter.


Competitive Advantage

A unique project, possibly still a “World First” in concept.
Value to Botswana as a much-needed boost to local communities, through job creation, community upliftment, training, and research potential.
Success of this project is based on the following facts:

• Worldwide shortage of adequate tourism facilities for special needs persons.
• Virtually nonexistent facilities for Disabled tourism in Africa
• Virtually nonexistent facilities for Disabled Eco tourism in Southern Africa
• Virtually nonexistent specialist safari companies for Disabled eco tourism in Southern Africa.
• The dire need to provide assistance to disadvantaged and impoverished communities. Research projects

Tourism in Africa has always been a lucrative business but when it comes to the niche market involving people with special needs, it has been lacking.
This venture addresses this niche sector and our research has indicated that at an occupancy rate of 100% our lodge for the mature, infirm and disabled, would only be able to cater for a total annual guest intake of 43,800 people!

We require 0.000097 % per annum of the above calculated “specialised” market in order to attain 100% occupancy. We believe that as our lodge will be a world first in design this percentage should easily be attainable.

Rationale for the deal

Good return on investment with asset security primarily being real estate and if so desired, selling off part of the facilities at good profit when the project has been completed.
We are preferably looking for a buy-out of the project with the majority equity being held by the investor.

Use of financing

Detailed documentation is available on request. As project innovators and developers we wish to conceptualise the project, develop it and then on completion assist with operations management.


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