Sango Safari Camp is located in one of the most unique Wildlife Areas in Botswana – on the banks of the Khwai River, close to the border of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Developing and managing a Lodge in such a delicate area, remaining ‘green’ and reducing one’s carbon-footprint is of the utmost importance to us and the least we can do to contribute to the conservation of this incredible wilderness.
The environmental and the climatic conditions found in this area are very sensitive – first and foremost the need to reduce high pollution materials, such as concrete, had lead us to the idea to use renewable timber and canvas for the rooms and dining area. The only permanent structure you will find in camp is the kitchen, which was already in existence before we developed the site.
All the furniture used in the camp is handmade and sourced either from renewable commercial timber plantations in South Africa or from scrap wood found locally. Hence we are not using any hardwoods – one of the main factors why major parts of the rainforests are being cut down. All the decks for the Canvas tents come from a special program called “Working for Water” in South Africa where harmful exotic trees are being removed from sensitive wetland environments. To reduce long transportation’s of material and to employ people from the local community, we handcrafted the furniture in camp mainly by ourselves.
The electricity for both the camp and the staff village comes entirely from our own solar powered system, enabling us to be independent from the use of Government electricity. All the hot water used is generated in Solar Geysers and our own above ground sewerage treatment plant ensures that no pollutants enter into the underlying water table and surrounding marshes as well the river. The entire waste which is produced at Sango Safari Camp is separated carefully and some of it will be recycled. In order to alleviate the waste problem in Khwai we are transporting all the separated garbage to Maun to a special waste disposal plant.
Careful planning of all logistics and the correct supply of Eco-friendly products for the camp is another core factor we consider when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint of the Camp and the area. Our Operations base in Maun is planning on a daily basis every movement of our vehicles to make sure that fuel is used efficiently and not wasted for unnecessary detours to supply goods or other commodities for the camp. Additionally, making use of our own Eco-friendly farm just outside of Maun enables us to avoid using long distance transportation for our fresh vegetables via truck.
We also care about the little things and believe that small changes put together have a huge positive impact on the environment. For example, we only use Bio-Oils, extracted from sugar cane, thus we are not using any fossil fuel oils and all detergents used in camp are Eco-friendly and bio degradable.