Conservation & Community at Kirkman's Kamp
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 &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp, all waste is removed from the reserve, and all glass, plastic, paper and metal is recycled.
A New Kitchen for the Happy Homes Preschool
Africa Foundation supplied a brand new kitchen to the Happy Homes Preschool, adjacent to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It was a joyous celebration, with teachers, parents, children and community members all in attendance. The new kitchen has been kitted out with brand new appliances, including a freezer and stove. Four guests from nearby &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp also attended the festivities, saying it was the highlight of their trip.
Conservation Lessons; Teaching the Youth About Conserving Their Land
The &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp team held their first ever Conservation Lesson. A group of 16 excited students, accompanied by their principal, Mr Dlamini, and two teachers, Lindiwe and Alice, arrived at &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp to enjoy their day in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Surprisingly, 12 out of the 16 students had never seen the inside of the Sabi Sand, nor had they ever witnessed animals in the wild.
Young Learners at Hundzukani Primary School
Young learners at Hundzukani Primary School in the Huntington community (outside of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve) receive one healthy, cooked meal each day, which greatly improves their ability to perform in the classroom. Volunteers from the community prepare the meals using fresh vegetables harvested from the permaculture garden on the school grounds. However, up until the end of last year, the meals were cooked outdoors on an open fire. This meant that on rainy days, the children went without a meal. Africa Foundation, along with the School Governing Body, built a kitchen for the school, complete with a gas cooker and pots and pans. Now, come rain or shine, the students all receive a nutritious meal each day.