Energy & Environment

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45

Shamwari Group Implements Sustainable Initiatives for 2012

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Shamwari Group has always made a concerted effort to implement green initiatives at all its properties in South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve, Jock Safari Lodge and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, to ensure that each lodge, the staff and guests respect nature and are made aware of the responsibility we all have to our precious resources.

Shamwari Game Reserve in the malaria free Eastern Cape has created two new sustainable projects for the first quarter of 2012, a new water bottling system and a greenhouse for organic produce. Rainwater is used as an alternative to purchasing pre-bottled water and goes through the Vivreau V3 water bottling system which purifies water removing 99.9999% (filtration down to 0.15 micron) of all impurities. Shamwari's new 'growing green' project is taking shape with a new greenhouse being constructed. The aim of the greenhouse is to supply fresh organic herbs and vegetables, with no pesticides or harmful chemicals and offer a constant supply to the lodge kitchens on the reserve.

The 5-star Jock Safari Lodge situated in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, has also implemented rain water collection for use on its extensive herb garden and waste water is now used for washing vehicles. Recycling of cans, glass and plastic is now a daily routine as well as all kitchen food waste is processed through a wormery. Jock Safari Lodge now only buys wood from a local contractor sourced from re-usable alien trees for the camp fires. Solar power for heating has been installed at the main Jock Safari Lodge and Little Jock for hot water geysers in all the suites and back of house.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve situated just 3.5 hours from Cape Town, captures and stores rain water to use in the ponds and washing vehicles and each Lodge is equipped with a Biobox Enpura System which recycles grey water for irrigation purposes. Eco-friendly showerheads, tap flow regulators and toilet water reductions systems have been installed where possible, and all geysers have been insulated and temperature settings are monitored. Other initiatives include the 'waste efficiency programme' where waste is separated and recycled accordingly and like Jock Safari Lodge, Sanbona only uses alien trees for firewood.

These are just a few of the many green initiatives that have been implemented throughout the properties with more to follow in the coming months. Each initiative is executed with care and the responsibility of nurturing resources is taken seriously to ensure the protection of the environment and wildlife. All properties within the Shamwari Group are audited yearly which is facilitated by the Greenleaf Environmental Standard in order to ensure they adhere to all the greening initiatives stated above.

"Conserving a Vanishing Way of Life"

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