The world famous Nanaga Farm Stall not only makes the best pies, but is also the gateway to the various Game Reserves in the Eastern Cape. On Friday, 29 November 2019, this 50 year old establishment celebrated 11 years at their current location, and used the opportunity to launch a fundraising campaign to support rhino protection in the Eastern Cape.
The Nanaga Farm Stall started with humble beginnings, selling cabbages from the back of a bakkie on the N2. It soon progressed to a little stall where freshly squeezed pineapple juice, homemade lemon meringue pie, pies and roosterkoek were sold and sometimes given away to the passers by. And so the little stall grew and extensions were made to accommodate the increasing number of items stocked. With the Farm Stall busting at the seams, and the National Roads Department putting pressure on them to move because of the dangerous access off the N2, a new building was erected 10 years ago, a mere stones throw from the original building. Whilst bigger and better, and boasting all the mod cons, ‘old’ customers can today still vouch for the rustic, peaceful, rural ambience that is the essence of Nanaga. The latest development at Nanaga is a petrol station, which has helped create many jobs for people in the area.
With the ever increasing threat to rhino in South Africa due to the rhino poaching crisis, Nanaga have joined forces with the Wilderness Foundation Africa to raise funds for further protection of rhino in the Eastern Cape. The #NanagaRhino campaign encourages the public to add R5.00 to their purchases to help raise funds for the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.
“Wilderness Foundation Africa has an over 25 years history of active support, projects and partnership with both the private and state game and nature reserves of the Eastern Cape, particularly those situated in the Albany district. It is noteworthy that this region which includes two of the world’s 35 global biodiversity hotspots (Fynbos and Albany thicket) is also a significant area for rhino conservation efforts. One of our projects, The Wildlife Operations Group is a multi-agency partnership that has an overarching objective for the reduction in the incidence of and the successful prosecution of not just rhino but general wildlife related crime. This collaborative approach to conservation continues to work very effectively in this region.
Nanaga Farm Stall is perfectly located as a gateway to this conservation and eco tourism region and as such our partnership will create must needed public awareness and continued support to Rhino Conservation efforts and in this challenging economic climate, we are grateful to the team at Nanaga Farm stall for their continued support of our conservation efforts.” Dr Andrew Muir, CEO of Wilderness Foundation Africa
Leigh-Anne and Malcolmn MacKenzie, owners of Nanaga Farm Stall commented “Nanaga is thrilled to be involved with this wonderful initiative. We are hoping that our customers support the addition of R5 to their purchase at Nanaga. We are committed to encourage and create awareness within our community and our customers to support the Wilderness Foundation Africa and their remarkable efforts towards rhino conservative in the Eastern Cape.