Light footprint at Oddballs' Enclave, Oddballs' Camp & Delta Camp
Predator Project at Grasslands Bushman Lodge
Footsteps in Africa is committed to Sustainable Tourism Practices; including management systems maximising social, economic and cultural benefits to the local communities whilst conserving the environments we operate in.
Our camps and lodges are owner-operated by people committed to the resources and cultures of Botswana.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE PROJECTS THE FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA CAMPS AND LODGES ARE INVOLVED WITH:
Delta Camp, Oddballs’ Enclave and Oddballs’
Delta Camp, Oddballs’ Enclave and Oddballs’ are amongst the most environmentally friendly safari camps anywhere, confirmed by the findings of the pilot project for EcoTourism Standards in Botswana. Solar power has been in use for 30 years and a planned upgrade in 2013 will eliminate the use of gas for refrigeration. No motorised activities, no generators. The lodges work extensively with the local community at Xaxaba on socio-economic improvement through tourism, education and resource conservation.
Predator Project and Solar Power at Grasslands Bushman Lodge
Grasslands Safari Lodge is situated to the west of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The western, northern and southern edges of its game area are bordered by cattle ranches. Predators move from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to these cattle areas on a very regular basis because of easy prey and water, and ranchers are allowed to shoot predators that kill their livestock.
Grasslands is working hand-in-hand with the Department of Wildlife & National Parks to save these predators, which include Cape Hunting Dogs, lion and cheetah. Problem predators are captured and kept in semi-captivity at Grasslands in large enclosures of over 11 hectares, and the lodge is currently working with DWNP to relocate these predators to protected areas. Guests have the opportunity of viewing these animals and learning about the programme as part of the Grasslands experience
The purpose of having the predators is twofold; not only to save them from a certain death but also to educate guests about their dilemma, and what projects such as these can do to improve the gene pool of predators in Botswana and to save rare species from extinction.
The intention is to re-introduce the predators back into the wild to breed with their kind. Especially in the case of wild dogs, which are under constant threat of canine diseases such as distemper from local dogs in the villages. It is extremely important to maintain a healthy population by breeding in semi-captivity in order to re-introduce them to the wild.
Currently the project is sponsored entirely by Grasslands, but contributions to maintain this valuable program are much appreciated.
Grassland Bushman Lodge Solar Power
Grassland Bushman Lodge have 27 x 240W solar panels which charge 24 maintenance free batteries, 1 x 10kw 48v Inverter and 3 x 60 Amp Regulators. In addition they also have 3 low energy refrigerators and 2 low energy freezers. The rest of the camp is also run on this solar system, which include, 8 en-suite chalets, kitchen, inside and outside dining area, managers house, staff village as well as a spotlight at our waterhole and a swimming pool pump which are both on a timer.
This has been done to save on fuel costs as well as to prevent air pollution from a fuel generator.
Deception Valley Lodge
Showcases the San Bushman culture, keeping it alive and in the focus of fickle international attention.
Camp Linyanti & Camp Savuti
Generate significant fees for Park authorities through entrance permits and resource royalties.