Sustainability at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
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 Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, a doctor is employed full-time by the camp to assist with local staff community health and villagers are trained how to plant vegetable gardens.
Current Sustainability projects at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
Interaction and logistical support of TANAPA
Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manager at &Beyond, participated in the creation of the new Serengeti National Park management plan, which reviewed tourism zones within the park, among other things. Rangers at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp report all observed transgressions and poaching incidents to TANAPA staff. Grumeti has proposed the control of the invasive Water Lettuce, which infests the Grumeti and Kanyanja Rivers.
Monitoring of birds of prey and other wildlife
Grumeti rangers are engaged in long-term monitoring projects of eagles and vultures, as well as the troops of Black-and-White Colobus monkeys which live in the riverine forest along the Grumeti River. Resident Lion prides have been studied by Grumeti guides. Data and observations are published in the &Beyond's 'Ecological Journal' and 'WildWatch' annual which are presented to the Serengeti Research Institute at Seronera.
Working closely with the Africa Foundation, Grumeti works with lodge staff and communities in nearby Bunda 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 illness including HIV/Aids.