Sustainability at Leadwood 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.
At Leadwood Lodge each fortnight rangers host rural children whose villages border the reserve and take them on conservation lessons and game drives to see their natural heritage.
Current Sustainability projects at Leadwood Lodge
Nature Conservation Debate Competition
It was years since the last one, but Africa Foundation have re-launched this great programme. This will become an annual event where all the local high schools get together on one day and debate a common conservation related topic.
Pangolin Research at Leadwood Lodge
Johnathan Michael Swart, Ecologist for the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in which Leadwood Lodge is situated, recently completed an in-depth study of the Pangolin and its foraging behaviour. Through his research, Johnathan has provided valuable information to the conservation world about the behaviour of these intriguing animals. The project revolved around 15 Pangolins, tagged with radio transmitters. Their activity, diet, foraging behaviour and habitat selection were studied over a 14-month period. Johnathan also took the opportunity to study the composition, diversity, and activity of epigaeic ants and termites in conjunction with his findings on the Pangolins. Click here to read the full report on &Beyond's interactive wildlife website: wildwatch.com.
Working closely with the Africa Foundation, Leadwood Lodge works with lodge staff and communities to follow a wellness programme geared towards developing and maintaining a healthy immune system. Diet, natural vitamins and minerals, and the cultivation of a positive attitude are among the key factors in fighting chronic illnesses, including HIV/Aids.