Tongabezi joins the Green Safari Collection
We are hugely proud to be working with clients who fully embrace sustainable and responsible tourism. Looking after the beautiful environments they are located in and the communities, which surround is key. We are thrilled to announce that our long-standing client Tongabezi, which has always had a very green heart, has joined the Green Safaris Collection.
Ila Safari Lodge
Ila Safari Lodge is the first of its kind in Zambia owning an electric game drive vehicle (E-andy) as well as an E-boat which allows guests to experience the bush in an unobtrusive and eco-friendly completely silent manner. The lodge is off-grid with 100 % of its power being supplied by a state-of-the-art solar system. Waste is recycled through an ingenious biogas plant with their own sewage treatment centre.
Green Safaris has also opened a community-farming project near the Nalusanga Gate. This project is aimed at benefitting the local communities by providing them with alternative food sources and giving them the opportunity to sell the excess to lodges and at the local market. Ila has partnered with the Chunga Ladies Club (nearest community) to offer community trips and lunches at their village.
As an integral part of the community from the outset, Kaya Mawa has been involved in various projects and developments within the community including amongst others piping fresh water to the villages and feeding programs. Kaya Mawa has assisted in the schooling of over 1000 children, planting some 500 trees per annum, and backing the establishment of Katundu a local arts and crafts business which employs single mothers.
Founder & manager of Katundu Textiles, Suzie Lightfoot has been the backbone of the creation and design of all the soft furnishings at Kaya Mawa. Katundu is a creative, ethical, workshop situated on the idyllic Likoma Island, designing and creating luxury items empowering women and through them also the local community.
Tujatane School is at the heart of Tongabezi, having grown to a primary school with just under pupils. The school has charity status in the UK and is completely funded on donations and provides education to children the immediate local communities. The very nature of a bush school lends itself to ticking many green choice boxes too! The uniforms are continuously recycled, as well as books and educational supplies.
Tongabezi also features its own organic garden where produce is picked daily and prepared by chefs. A custom-made purification plant and Vivreau bottling system saves over 20,000 plastic water bottles and 2,000 tin cans annually. Sindabezi is powered by solar energy with paraffin lamp supplements. The waste water system pump is also solar powered. The entire Sindabezi has no grid dependency as even cooking is done with gas.
Livingstone Island welcomes guests from all around the world to have a truly unique experience. A percentage from each visit goes towards the social responsibility programme, Tongabezi Educare. Between 2010-2017, Tongabezi Educare donated 3.5 million Kwacha towards healthcare and education in the Kazungula District.