THE PHILOSOPHY OF ELEPHANT PLAINS GAME LODGE
Because our environment supports our livelihood,
Elephant Plains Game Lodge realises the need to
ensure that our presence here is as unobtrusive as
possible. It is important that we look after our
entrusted piece of nature, in order to ensure that
future generations will also be able to enjoy it.
Our main objectives are the sustainability of a healthy,
balanced habitat through certain conservation processes,
as well as making a contribution to the socio-economic
development of our surrounding communities. We believe
that there is a fine balance between commercialization
and the toll taken on the wildlife and its habitats. We
have a conscientious land management program which
endeavours to maintain a naturally diverse ecosystem and
to minimize the impact of man's activities on the
environment. In conjunction with the Sabi Sand Game
Reserve ecological department, we have put certain
conservation measures in place. These include projects
like the regeneration of erosion sites, the removal of
alien plant species, habitat management through
carefully planned block burning and special off-roading
precautions during game drives.
We believe that our biggest contribution to conservation
is through education. Our guests are ambassadors for
conservation in South Africa. If, during their
stay with us, we can expand their knowledge and
experiences, then we have achieved our goal. Amazing
wildlife sightings, combined with the lessons they have
learned about conservation, will remain with them and
will be passed onto others through their reminiscences.
Our staff members are also educated in the
sustainability of resources. Most of our staff members
are from the local villages outside the Gowrie Gate.
They are also our ambassadors, as conservation
principles obtained through education are also shared
with their families and different communities, spreading
the word far beyond the lodge itself. We use local
suppliers and services wherever possible, as this
provides local businesses with a steady income.
At Elephant Plains Game Lodge we work together as
a team, combining different types of knowledge and
expertise to create a product that is beneficial to
everyone. This multicultural community provides the
opportunity to learn from one another as we strive to
continually raise the standards and services we offer.