Ecology 

At The Lodge we are working towards sustainable tourism by: 

Fruits and Vegetables:

All our fresh foods are seasonal, organic and locally grown.  We are in process of establishing our own organic fruit and vegetable gardens.   

Household Policy:

We import environmentally friendly floor, toilet, and washing powders/cleaners, recycled paper products together with any organic ‘dry’ foods that can not be found locally.  We share our purchasing power with several other families and feel that the environmental impact of the transportation is out weighed by the benefits to both the local environment and our guests. 

Water:

The collection of rain water, from our roof, is filtered via German technology into a 40,000 gallon holding tank.  This water is further filtered when pumped, on demand, into the house.  It is filtered a third time for drinking and cooking purposes. 

Swimming Pool:

Our 25 meter pool is filled with rainwater and the pH balance, cleanliness and safety of the water are maintained by an electrolytic/saline system.  Which means that the water is a mild saline solution (0.3%-0.5%) ensuring that there are no damaging chemicals to harm the environment or you! 

Waste Water:

All our toilets have a ‘half flush’ facility to minimise the use of clean water.

We grade waste water into ‘grey water’ (from showers, sinks and washing machines) and ‘black water’ (from toilets and kitchen sinks).

Grey water: is used to water the fruit trees, vegetables and garden

Black water: is piped to a triple chamber septic tank system.  The ‘liquor’ from this process is fine gravel filtered prior to use in the garden and the ‘solid’ is used as manure. 

To maintain this system we ask all our guests to put solid waste materials (such as tampons, etc.) in the bags provided for separate disposal and not flush them down the toilet. 

Energy:

Hot water at The Lodge is provided by solar energy

Our cooking is done with propane gas, which is the best available option locally at present.

Lighting is via the local grid but our goal is to go ‘off grid’ within 5 years or when a better storage medium than batteries is developed.