Africa has continued to be a proving ground for our Care of the Land, Wildlife and People Impact Model, with 2021 marking 30 years of measured proof points. With sustainability initiatives developing across our Asian and South American operations, our impact is gathering momentum across three continents.
Our Phinda Story
The dream is born at Phinda
This journey of international impact intent began with our expansion into Asia (2005/2006) and then South America (2015). While our operations across these continents are a mosaic of different landscapes and cultures, they are united in an ethos of care, driven by our collective intent to leave our world a better place.
In Asia, where our operations span India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Small Group Journeys like our Snow Leopard Expedition, Endangered Eight Impact Journey and A Project Tiger Expedition, have been fundamental to the support of conservation and community initiatives.
Snow Leopard Expedition
The per-guest donations generated by this journey support both the Snow Leopard Conservancy, Leh, and the host community in Ulley.
Founded in 2,000, the Snow Leopard Conservancy is dedicated to the protection of the magnificent but endangered snow leopard across their high mountain habitats spanning 12 countries including India. Their community-based conservation model actively engages local people, who are at the front line in preserving these animals.
Endangered Eight Impact Journey
Each group booking includes a contribution to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC).
The CWRC is situated in India’s north-eastern state of Assam, near Kaziranga National Park. It’s the only facility in the country where orphaned and/or injured wild animals of several species are hand raised, rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Launched in 2002, the centre has cared for an estimated 4,500 animals to date.
A Project Tiger Expedition
Each group booking generates a donation to Tiger Watch Ranthambhore, India.
Tiger Watch is a powerful initiative forged by like-minded individuals that operates on the front line of tiger conservation in the Ranthambhore region. With 50% of tigers occurring outside the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the Village Wildlife Volunteer recruitment and training programme, is one of their strongest initiatives.
&Beyond South America
In addition to our South American touring operation across Argentina, Ecuador and Peru, Chile is home to our first South American lodge, &Beyond Vira Vira, which is situated in the country’s breathtaking Lake District.
This beautiful lodge was re-opened as an &Beyond property in September 2018, and a culture of eco-awareness is evident at every touch point of the lodge’s operation.
Bountiful vegetable garden, providing fresh, organic produce for the lodge kitchen
100% of produce sourced locally, most of it within 15 – 30 km (9 – 18 mi.) of the lodge
- 97% of staff are Chilean nationals
- 70% of staff are from nearby Pucón and surrounds
Lodge Training Internships
Nine students have completed three-month internships at the lodge since September 2018
Rain Water Harvesting Project
Solar-driven water collection plant provides irrigation water to the nearby Quelhue community
Over 150 indigenous saplings, sourced from the local Quelhue community nursery, planted since September 2018
Wastewater Treatment Plant
100% of the lodge’s grey wastewater is recycled for irrigation purposes
On-site Water Bottling Plant
Approximately 10,000 plastic water bottles are eliminated each year through our on-site water bottling plant
30,000 litres of water saved per year by the elimination of 10,000 plastic water bottles (it takes 3 litres of water to make a one litre plastic water bottle)
Single-use Plastic Elimination
No single-use plastic is used at the lodge, supporting our Group drive to zero plastic
An active programme on the farm supports the reuse and recycling of organic waste
Annual Sustainability Audit
An internal system of monthly reports against Group impact goals is supported by an annual sustainability audit
With 100% of our produce sourced locally, we have significantly reduced our carbon footprint
Limited Edition journey
Explore and make a difference. Jaguar, puma and community highlights: our impact journey into South America.
Long stays, carbon light
The responsible traveller’s answer to the carbon impact of multi-destination travel.
In 2016, Tompkins Conservation invited Les Carlisle, &Beyond Alumni and conservation legend, to share his wildlife translocation expertise at an international workshop focused on a bold project to reintroduce jaguar to the immense Iberá Wetlands in Argentina’s Corrientes region.
The real-time legacy happened in January 2021, when the first jaguar were released into the wetlands after an absence of over 70 years.