Conservation & Community
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 Ngala Safari Lodge, innovations in lodge electrification allow guests to remotely shut down all the energy used in their suites when they are out on game drives, resulting in a 60% drop in energy consumption.
Bohlabela Craft Market
One of the exciting projects that is going along so well is the construction of the new craft market at the new boom-gate on the Open Road which is off to a flying start!
Conservation Lessons at Welverdiend
School children from the nearby Welverdiend community are given informative game drives and entertaining lessons which teach them about nature and demonstrate the value of ecotourism. Trained &Beyond rangers and trackers lead these lessons during off-peak times at the lodge.
Craft Market to Generate Income for Local Communities
Africa Foundation, &Beyond's social development partner, is building a craft market at Kruger's Orpen Gate near &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve. The goal is to empower unemployed crafters in the area, giving them the opportunity to earn an income. The project will provide the crafters with skills and business training and includes the construction of the market itself. Three weeks of training kicked off in December and the construction is set to start in early 2008.
Expansion of Protected Areas in South Africa
Over the past decade, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve's annual lease fees have contributed over R20 million to the SANParks Trust. This has helped to finance the expansion of the West Coast, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks, which protect unique communities of plants and wildlife in some of the country's most important areas for biodiversity.
Mdluli High School Celebrates the Opening of Two New Classrooms
&Beyond and Africa Foundation officially handed over two brand new classrooms to Mdluli High School in the Hluvukani community surrounding &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve. In attendance were prominent community members and enthusiastic students, along with staff (and several guests) from &Beyond Ngala, Africa Foundation, Djuma Game Reserve and Buffelshoek Trust. The school principal gave a heartfelt speech and said that he could not properly express his gratitude and happiness for the new classrooms. Instead, he asked the DJ to put on some music so that he could dance - he felt this was the only way he could show his true happiness! From the speeches that were delivered, it is clear that the members of the Hluvukani community truly value &Beyond's support and recognise the benefits that conservation is having on their lives.
&Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve has a programme to expose rural people with no previous work experience to participate in lodge operations. After an internship period of three months, these individuals are presented with a certificate which affords them employment opportunities in the industry.