Sustainability at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
At &Beyond we seek to maintain a low impact on the land while deriving high yield for our conservation initiatives by creating very small luxury lodges that support enormous tracts of biodiverse land, which remains untouched. At every lodge we seek out small (and sometimes not so small) but meaningful ways of putting our values into action every day. Each &Beyond lodge supports the conservation of wildlife and contributes to its neighbouring communities in one way or another. In addition, we seek to limit our impact in terms of fossil fuels, the use of renewable energy, water and waste management, and recycling.
For example, at Sandibe alien acquatic weeds are being eliminated by the Lodge, which has been selected by the conservation authority to pioneer a weevil breeding project in the Okavango Delta.
Current Sustainability projects at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Monitoring Wetland bird species
Through its financial support of BirdLife Botswana, Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is contributing to research work which aims to gain a better understanding of the population dynamics and ecological requirements of various wetland-dependent birds including the endangered Wattled Crane. These species are important indicators of the health of the Okavango Delta.
Sandibe is currently engaged in a number of projects in a co-operative pilot project involving the department of water affairs, the university of Botswana, the harry oppenheimer foundation and the UNDP.
Veggies Flourish Near the Okavango Delta
&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge and &Beyond Foundation joined forces with the local government to plant a sustainable vegetable garden in the Shorobe community. Recently, a borehole and water tank were added, and guest donations to &Beyond Foundation have enabled the purchase of a delivery vehicle to transport the vegetables. The garden is maintained by the community members, with some assistance from the maintenance teams at our lodges. &Beyond’s Delta lodges purchase fresh vegetables from Shorobe every month. Not only can the community members provide their families with fresh produce, but they also have a sustainable source of income.