Conservation & Community at &Beyond Grumeti
At &Beyond we believe that luxury safaris can be responsible safaris, basing everything that we do on our core ethic of caring for the land, wildlife and people of Africa. 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 remain dedicated to wildlife.
At each of our safari lodges and camps we seek out meaningful ways (whether large or small) to put our values into action every day. Each &Beyond lodge or camp 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.
Our lodges also do their best to support the local communities in providing for their highest priority needs, including health services.
&Beyond Grumeti employs a full-time doctor to assist with the provision of health services to local staff members and their communities. Local villagers are also trained how to plant vegetable gardens in order to provide a food source for themselves, as well as becoming a potential source of income.
Working With Tanzania National Parks
&Beyond has developed a close relationship with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), sharing our resources and professional expertise as far as possible. Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manger at &Beyond, lent his vast experience to the authorities when he participated in the creation of the new Serengeti National Park management plan, which reviewed tourism zones within the park, amongst other things. Guides at &Beyond Grumeti report also any observed transgressions, including poaching incidents, to TANAPA staff. &Beyond Grumeti has proposed measures for the control of the invasive water lettuce, which infests the Grumeti and Kanyanja Rivers.
Monitoring of Birds of Prey and Other Wildlife
Guides at &Beyond Grumeti are engaged in the long-term monitoring of eagles and vultures, as well as the troops of black and white colobus monkeys that live in the riverine forest along the Grumeti River. Resident lion prides have been the subject of studies by our guides. These data and observation have been published by &Beyond and presented to the Serengeti Research Institute at Seronera.
Working closely with our social development partner, the Africa Foundation, &Beyond Grumeti has trained camp staff, as well as members of the community 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 that we have promoted in fighting chronic diseases including HIV/Aids.