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.
Carpooling Decreases Traffic Congestion
&Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp has managed to decrease the number of transfers they make to/from the entrance gates by introducing scheduled times when staff are shuttled between the lodge and the outside world. This not only saves on fuel, but also eliminates unnecessary traffic congestion in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
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.
Working closely with Africa Foundation, &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp 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.
World AIDS Day 1 December at Kirkman's Kamp
A group of staff from &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, recently visited an orphanage in the nearby community of Huntington, aiming to increase the level of AIDS awareness in the surrounding communities and to provide a fun day for the children. Kirkman's Kamp organised sponsorship of food parcels to be given to ten orphan families, and provided a delicious lunch for the 45 children. The staff also bought each child a toy for a Christmas present. Sonya Caldecott, Kirkman's Kamp Positive Health champion, spent time educating the staff and children on the benefits of Positive Health and the importance of boosting their immune system in fighting disease and staying healthy. She showed them how to filter water and which foods to eat in order to boost the immune system. Kirkman's Kamp staff members were also interviewed for the local Swazi radio show, further increasing the level of awareness about HIV/AIDS in the surrounding communities.
World Cup Warm-Up in the Sabi Sand
Nearly 1 000 spectators came out in full force to witness a gruelling match between the &Beyond Kirkmans Kamp and &Beyond Exeter 'Goal is Life' soccer teams. The players battled it out on a community soccer pitch in the midday sun, with a victory for &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp Soccer legend Pollen Ndhlanya, former star striker for the South African national team, Bafana Bafana, attended the festivities and refereed the exciting match. Congratulations to the teams for organising such a fantastic 'Goal is Life' event.
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.