- Minimal impact on the surroundings was a key focus when Bateleur Safari Camp was built and renovated.
- The camp is hidden amongst the trees in riverine vegetation.
- If the entire camp would be broken down, within 12-18 months, the area would recover, as though no camp ever existed there.
- The entire camp and staff village, run on solar power.
- A series of solar panels harvest energy from the sun, which is stored it in a 24-battery bank.
- Operation of the system is self-sufficient, with a silent generator automatically kicking in on poor solar absorption days (ie. when it is cloudy/overcast).
- All tents are equipped with:
- Indoor and outside lights
- Multiple 220V power plugs including 3-prong, 2-prong & USB points
- Ceiling fans
- The solar system has limitations with regards to how much power is drawn. As a result, all kitchen appliances must meet certain specifications and all fridges/freezers are specially sourced, drawing a maximum of 90W each.
- Light bulbs throughout the camp and staff village are 4W or less to ensure a low power pull.
- Unfortunately, no hair dryers can be used as these overload and trip the system.
- The pressure pump for the water systems runs only when needed.
- The swimming pool pump operates on a timer limiting the running time to just 4 hours a day.
- Camp linen and laundry items are taken to a company in Hoedspruit to be cleaned. This company only uses eco-friendly, biodegradable, hypo-allergenic products to wash and care for guest and staff linen & towels.
- Water supplied in the camp is derived from an underground aquifer. Tests have shown that this water is brilliantly clean, fresh & pathogen free, making it safe for all to drink.
- Microbes are used in the toilets and grey water to assist in breaking down waste.
- does not use bottled water, opting instead to loan guests a stainless steel water bottle, to be used for the duration of their stay. This bottle is cleaned, filled & refreshed twice a day and will keep water cold for up to 24 hours.
- All the camp’s water is heated by gas geysers.
The production & recycling of plastic water bottles involves a huge waste of water and adds to increased accumulation of litter. Bateleur Safari Camp
- A salt water chlorination system is used. This is a natural way of converting salts into chlorine without the use of any harmful chemicals and with minimal to no impact on the surrounding area.
- Water drained from the pool is used to irrigate surrounding plants.
Eco-friendly cleaning products/soaps
- Store-bought, shower gels, dishwashing liquids & ammonia-based cleaning products are no longer used
- All cleaning products and shower gel/hand soaps are 100% eco-friendly
- These products use ‘beneficial bacteria’ to actively biodegrade dirt in the process of cleaning, thereby eliminating chemical and dirt transfer to the environment.
- These products are locally produced and not tested on animals.
- Bateleur Safari Camp has an animal-proof vegetable & herb garden, in which a variety of veggies are grown, including: leafy greens, herbs, berries, lemons & limes, cherry tomatoes.
- Natural garden compost is mulched on site.
- Future plans include an earthworm farm to be used in conjunction with the camp’s compost, to provide organic nutrients from the kitchen’s vegetable cuttings.
- Microbes are also used in the veggie garden, to prepare soil naturally without the use of chemicals & harsh fertilisers.
Wet waste & recycling
- An animal-proof rubbish cage stores waste, until it is removed from the property by a recycling company.
- Plastics, paper, tin & glass are separated as items are used. These recyclables are then removed for recycling at a local community based plant.
- Besides cuttings required for the veggie garden earthworms, all kitchen wet-waste is collected and taken to surrounding communities, to assist in feeding their livestock.
- Many of the roads on the property have been closed, to create large “wilderness blocks”.
- This creates undisturbed walking opportunities, through untouched bushveld, without the hum of passing vehicles or the constant crossing of man-made roads.
- Much rehabilitation and field restoration work has been undertaken on man-induced erosion sites.
- There are no artificial water holes Game drives are conducted with minimal impact on the environment. No driving on sensitive soils, erosion areas, fragile riverbanks or sodic areas is permitted – regardless of game viewing opportunities.
- In these instances, the vehicle will be stopped and guests will be guided in approaching the animal on foot.
- Bateleur Safari Camp promotes walking as much as possible, allowing guests the opportunity to track & trail animals.
- For big cats & other predators, a maximum 100 metre off-road policy is applied.