Lodges within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve are finding ways to contribute to the surrounding communities – many of whom have been defined by poverty and a lack of opportunity to improve their standard of living.
Community initiatives by Sabi Sands Game Reserve members include:
Infrastructures have been established to educate children, thereby enabling them to seek a brighter future.
Homes have been created for children who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
Education programmes have been established to equip younger and older adults alike about how the pandemic of AIDS in Africa can be avoided.
Provisions are in place for the supply of basic needs such as access to food, electricity, water and health services.
Lodge staff requirements are often sourced from within the community and training is provided.
Projects on the go for skills development include beading, candle making, sewing, hat making, baking and shoe making.
Sports training such as soccer, netball, cricket and hockey at primary school level have been introduced to help youngsters cultivate their innate physical talents.
Lodges in the Sabi Sands have specific projects they concentrate on and part of the revenue from visitors to the lodges goes towards community upliftment. Visitors can also take part in tours to these communities where they can see first hand what is being done – and they may have the opportunity to purchase some of the local crafts.