Amakhala Safari Lodge

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL - +27 (0)82 659 1796 @amakhalare­serve@amakhala Amakhala Vol­un­teers

African tribal de­sign-in­spired own­ers and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail is re­flected in the fine African bead­work and handcrafted de­signs that are ev­i­dent through­out the pres­ti­gious Safari Lodge on the north­ern bound­ary of Amakhala Game Re­serve.

But Amakhala Safari Lodge is more than just a cel­e­bra­tion of tribal cul­ture. Through the Amakhala Foun­da­tion, founded in 2009 and funded through guest bed levies and do­na­tions, Safari Lodge con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to lo­cal com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, HIV/AIDS aware­ness and sup­port, and in­come gen­er­a­tion through the Amakhala Craft Cen­tre.

In ad­di­tion, the Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre es­tab­lished in 2013, pro­vides sup­port for re­search and mon­i­tor­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives. Read more about the work of the Amakhala Foun­da­tion HERE.

Amakhala Safari Lodge’s re­spon­si­ble tourism and Eco­tourism ini­tia­tives fo­cus on six guid­ing prin­ci­ples, namely (1) Min­imis­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, (2) Build­ing cul­tural aware­ness and re­spect, (3) Pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences for both vis­i­tors and hosts, (4) En­sur­ing di­rect fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits for con­ser­va­tion and (5) for lo­cal peo­ple, and (6) Rais­ing sen­si­tiv­ity to South Africa’s politi­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial cli­mate. Read more HERE.

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