As part of its ongoing eco-tourism projects, Jabulani recently introduced its innovative aquaponics project, where it cultivates fresh herbs and vegetables in the system.
Sales and Marketing Manager of Jabulani, Sue Howells, said aqauponics was a system of aquaculture where waste produced by fish supplied the nutrients for plants grown hydroponically.
The Relais & Châteaux-accredited luxury lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, is the ‘real deal’ for tour operators wanting to incorporate a range of eco-friendly experiences into their packages, according to Howells.
“Eco-tourism is a way of life at Jabulani. The lodge operations and guest contributions go beyond sustaining the rescued Jabulani elephant herd, extending into a variety of sustainable projects.”
These projects include the newly launched Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (Herd) elephant orphanage built alongside the Jabulani stables. Guests are able to experience an informative tour where they learn about the operational side of the orphanage, all from a viewpoint, far away from the baby elephants, but close enough to understand the logistics of the orphanage building and see the proximity to the Jabulani Herd stables.
Guests can also enjoy a private VIP tour of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), led by an experienced Jabulani ranger, where they can learn about Jabulani's back story and discover a world of wildlife conservation and the incredible work being done with cheetahs, rhinos and many more species.
In addition, Jabulani has the Banagrass Project and Elephant Dung Eco-Projects that include recycling elephant dung into compost to fertilise crops as well as its Wormery Project.
There is a strong focus on community, and visitors can enjoy a trip with Hlokomela Community Tours. Jabulani also supports Jabuladies, a new and inspirational project run by the Jabulani team.
“The project goal is to inspire, educate and empower women from our Jabulani housekeeping team and their local communities to create a unique collection of Jabuladies hand-embroidered items that our guests can purchase. Their work provides an additional source of income, which in turn helps uplift their communities,” said Howells.
There are also water conservation initiatives, foster parent partnerships (where guests can contribute toward their favourite elephant) and Jabulani is also a Proud Pack for A Purpose member.
“This programme allows travellers to make a lasting impact on the community by bringing goods from abroad for local communities – making a big difference in the lives of those living in the area,” said Howells.