Community & Environment

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has always been committed to sustainably utilising natural resources, caring for the flora and fauna, creating jobs and uplifting local communities.

The legendary values on which Victoria Falls Safari Lodge are founded inspire profound respect for the environment and foster a spirit of partnership with host communities. AAT Chairman, Dave Glynn says: ‘This is our way of acknowledging the huge privilege we have and the responsibility we hold in our hands. By sustainably utilising the natural resources, caring for the flora and fauna, creating jobs and uplifting the communities in which we operate, AAT shares its love for Africa’s warm and hospitable people, her vibrant culture, incredible wildlife and immense physical beauty.’

Social Corporate Responsibility

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is critically aware that the wildlife resources and natural attractions of Africa require care from all stakeholders, and in this regard has not shied away from its corporate responsibilities in protecting these resources. The group’s social corporate responsibility initiatives include the following:

– Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU)   www.vfapu.com

Africa Albida Tourism, through its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, established VFAPU together with local professional guide and conservationist, Charles Brightman, in 1999 and has remained one of VFAPU’s main sponsors to date, supporting 6 Scouts each month through the Unit’s “Support a Scout Programme”. In addition, AAT also coordinates the annual VFAPU Golf Day to raise funds for the Unit’s operations.

Having started off with three scouts initially, the unit has grown in strength and now has 17 full-time scouts actively patrolling an area of approximately fifty square kilometres surrounding Victoria Falls. Patrols operate day and night, 365 days a year.

– Victoria Falls Recycling (VFR)

Launched in March 2018, Victoria Falls Recycling is an Africa Albida Tourism sponsored initiative, and is coordinated by well-known local environmental conservationist Charlene Hewat.

As Victoria Falls town grows, it is crucial that as much waste as possible is recycled and composted, thus reducing the amount of litter on the streets and the volume of waste going to the town’s dumpsite.

The VFR initiative, which is supported by Greenline Africa Trust, PetrecoZim and Victoria Falls Municipality has begun operations initially recycling paper and plastics from eight hotels in the town. In the future, the project is expected to expand to include the recycling of glass and beverage cans and will include tourism operators from as far afield as Hwange.

Currently the project is operating from an AAT-owned site but as the project develops, it will relocate to a larger recycling area which has been designated by the Victoria Falls Municipality.

The operation has been set up as a community-based project with locals trained to operate the machines, sort waste, bale, load and manage the project, which is expected to have a major impact in protecting the environment around one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

– Natura Water System

As part of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s commitment to reduce the use of plastic, and to minimise the group’s carbon footprint, it is in the process of introducing the environmentally friendly Natura water system. Water is purified onsite using a three-stage filtration system which removes any impurities to produce top quality, great tasting water, provided to guests in glass bottles, which will then be left behind for the next guest to use. – Vulture Culture Experience Throughout Africa and the rest of the world vultures and their habitats face major threats to their existence, and in order to protect their populations supplementary feeding sites have been established in strategic areas. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is one such site. The feeding takes place each day at 1pm in a small clearing below the deck of the lodge’s famous Buffalo Bar, and usually attracts hundreds of vultures, including Hooded Vultures, White Headed Vultures as well as Lappet Faced Vultures.

– Victoria Falls Clean-Up Campaigns

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is involved in regular clean-ups of Victoria Falls town to ensure that visitors to this iconic destination enjoy their stay in clean surrounds. – National Tree Planting Day This is observed annually with staff planting indigenous trees on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate.

– Employment Opportunities

Wherever possible the group’s policy is to employ from the local communities and to provide requisite skills training.

– Local Schools Development

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge maintains close ties with local schools and assists with donations of goods and equipment when required.

– Support for the underprivileged members of society

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge makes donations of blankets, sheets, towels and crockery to local orphanages and Old People’s homes.

– Pack for a Purpose  www.packforapurpose.org

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the communities at their travel destinations. By saving a few kilograms of space in their luggage and bringing supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, travellers make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families.

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