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Environment
Chobe Bakwena Eco Lodge – Built on the ethos of “Treading lightly upon the earth” Bakwena endeavours to maintain a low carbon footprint. Home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife living in one of the world's largest conservation areas, makes daily environmental choices the pivotal basis for preserving Chobe's ecosystem. It is the only lodge on the Chobe River to have been built on environmentally friendly based principles. Chalets have sandbag fills which is one of the most eco-friendly methods available in the area. Thermal regulation. No harmful chemicals. Solar energy. Recycling. Composting done on site. Cooking with natural gas. Upcycling of the furniture.

We care about Africa – for each trip that is booked 1% of the booking fee will be donated to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre near Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge – lodge is 95% eco friendly and a leading example for many other African camps. It is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Is among the most environmentally friendly lodges in the country. The lodge uses its own solar plant for energy. Green credentials are impressive and even the air-conditioning runs off solar. World Wildlife Fund endorsed timbers and roof coverings. Totally off-the-grid system, which means that all power generation, domestic and potable water, as well as sewerage treatment is generated on site. Designed so that it is aligned with the Okavango Management Plan, requiring no permanent structures. As a result, all concrete structures have been demolished, and all the buildings have been constructed on timber-based platforms, using materials certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Moreover, the rooves were built with local thatching grass bought from communities in Northern Botswana, and guests’ tents were insulated with fibre mesh and wool to keep them at a constant temperature and eliminate the need of ventilation.

Belmond Savute – newly rebuilt in 2018 and has leading sustainability features. It has the first Tesla battery off-grid installation at the lodge as part of a hybrid solar-powered system. This system will reduce the lodge’s dependency on diesel by an astounding 90% reducing carbon emissions. Other responsible decisions include the removal of all concrete on site and the use of eco-friendly composite bamboo decking. 665-panel solar farm, which reduces the buring of fossil fuels. Lighting is LED based and all fans are low wattage and power efficient. Containers used to transport furnishings and equipment were used as temporary storage on site before being converted into new laundry and storage areas.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Chobe Bakwena Eco Lodge - Uses locally sourced materials. All the staff are from nearby villages so they support the local community through employment. One of the activities includes a nearby Village walkabout to support the local community called the Batswana people. They have close links with the local community as the owners are also from the nearby area.

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge -Most importantly, the renovation process was seen by Eagle Island Lodge as a chance to provide employment opportunities for the local community. Therefore, the lodge appointed a local Botswana construction company to carry out the work, where 98% of the building crew was local to the area.

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge - a biodigester has been installed for kitchen waste, which is then turned into compost for community-based farming projects. Some of the furniture used is crafted pieces produced by The Blind Society of South Africa. In the guestrooms, local thatching grass purchased from communities in Northern Botswana was used to cover the roofs.

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