Stanley Safari Lodge works closely together with the villagers of Mukuni, our neighbours. Actually, the majority of our staff lives in this Village. From the start of the lodge it has been a mutual understanding that Stanley Safari Lodge would support Mukuni by employing the majority of its staff from Mukuni. This means that your meals are prepared by, your rooms are cleaned by, your beds are made by and the gardens are kept by Mukuni villagers!
But our support goes further than that. Stanley Safari Lodge offers guided tours, done by villagers, to give our guests an impression of an ‘every day out of life’ in Zambia. A percentage of what our guests pay for the tour goes directly back into the village. On top of that the lodge donates the same percentage to the Non Government Organisation (NGO) ‘The Butterfly Tree’.
The Charity is a totally self-funding organization with no personal expenses being deducted from the funds. The aim of the charity is to advance the health and education in the village by providing funding to build classrooms, teachers houses, toilets, new homes and toilets for people living in over crowded conditions, equipment, feeding programs for orphans, orphan sponsorship programs and medical supplies. If you would like to find out more about this charity, please visit www.thebutterflytree.org.uk.
Stanley Safari Lodge also supports the Pack-for-a-Purpose initiative. Are you planning a visit to us and want to support one of the Mukuni village projects of the Butterfly Tree? Then please follow the link at the right and learn how you can offer support by using only little space of your luggage.
How green is stanley safari lodge?
Despite the vicinity of the Zambezi river, the Livingstone area is a very dry area described as semi-desert. As a result everybody should be very careful with the water supply. In order to save water Stanley Safari Lodge has implemented a recirculation system for our grey water.
Most of the grey water (coming from showers, baths, laundry and kitchen) flows through underground tanks to our natural filtering plant, consisting of 7 different basins. These basins are filled with specifically selected stones and plants (like papyrus reeds etc). The stones and roots of plants act as a natural filtering system. Together with the UV filtering done by the sun, after 24hrs the water is ready to be used to water the gardens.
Stanley Safari Lodge is connected to the main power grid. And the power in Zambia is extremely green! This because all power in Zambia is hydro-electric! The power is generated via the hydro-electric dams in Lake Kariba, the Kafue Gorge, or otherwise via the small hydro-electric plant at the Victoria Falls. As such the main power is much greener than solar panels, of which the impact on the environment is much bigger due to production, waste and transport of the panels and batteries to store the power.