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.’

Corporate Social 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 corporate social responsibility initiatives include the following:

– Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit   www.vfapu.com

Africa Albida Tourism, through its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, established the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) together with local professional guide and conservationist, Charles Brightman, in 1999. AAT has remained VFAPU’s key sponsor, supporting six scouts each month. In addition, AAT also coordinates the annual VFAPU Golf Day to raise funds for the unit’s operations which has raised nearly USD160,000 in the last seven years alone.

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 50kmsurrounding Victoria Falls. Patrols operate day and night, 365 days a year.

To date VFAPU has removed nearly 22,500 wire snares from its operational area, saved the lives of 243 mammals injured in snares and arrested 792 serious poachers.

VFAPU relies on donations to survive as it receives no funding.

For more information visit the VFAPU website: http://vfapu.com/  or to donate email: csb@zol.co.zw

– Victoria Falls Recycling 

Launched in 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 going into rivers and wilderness areas, as well as to the town’s dumpsite (Victoria Falls does not have a proper landfill site).

Victoria Falls Recycling, which is supported by Greenline Africa Trust, PetrecoZim and Victoria Falls Municipality, collects paper, plastics, kaylite, beverage cans and glass, which it packages for recycling. The waste is transported to large recycling plants in both South Africa and Harare where it is made into products such as plastic bags, clothing, diesel and more.

The project is currently operating from an AAT-owned site, but due to its rapid expansion, there are plans to move it to a larger site 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, bale, load and manage waste. In addition, Victoria Falls Recycling supports local who collect waste for a living, paying them per kilogram.

– “Breaking Up” With Plastic

As part of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate’s commitment to reduce plastic, and to minimise its carbon footprint, in 2019 it introduced the Natura water system. The system purifies water onsite which is then stored in reusable glass bottles, thereby eliminating the need for plastic bottles.

Before the introduction of the Natura water system, more than 80,000 plastic water bottles a year were being used across the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate’s hotel rooms, restaurants and bars.

– 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, with one such site at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

The activity, which raises awareness of the plight of vultures and also gives guests a unique close up view of hundreds of vultures descending to feed, takes place at 1pm daily in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge works in collaboration with Vulpro, a leading vulture conservation program based in South Africa, and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. In addition, USD1 is added to selected meals at the lodge’s MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, and the funds raised are donated to vulture conservation projects.

– 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. Alternatively, guests may make a monetary donation to purchase items locally for the community. Our team can assist with advice and information.

– Victoria Falls Clean-Up Campaigns

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is involved in regular clean-ups of Victoria Falls town and surrounds to ensure that visitors to this iconic destination enjoy their stay in a clean environment.

– National Tree Planting Day

This is observed annually on December 1 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 age homes.

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