‘Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.‘ – Chief Seattle
Man and the land are inseparable – this has been the long lesson that conservation has taught us, and consequently man is obliged not just to protect but also to restore the land. At Londolozi the care of the land has been an enduring theme on our agenda and one where human intervention has proven sound and beneficial.
At the outset a primary objective was to demonstrate that man and wildlife can interact on a sustainable basis. The Londolozi land was nurtured back into abundance through an ambitious programme to recreate the river systems, restore natural drainage lines, restock and rebuild the productivity of the land. The results are truly remarkable: Londolozi is a uniquely diverse reserve supporting a dazzling array of animals.
We have spent an average of R1-million, every year for the past 12-years, on habitat restoration projects and our land care programme is overseen by some of the world leaders in rangeland ecology.
Micro Catchment Management:
An active micro-catchments management programme, aiding the land to retain its water, has helped make Londolozi largely drought resistant and provided employment for surrounding communities. We are already seeing the benefits of this project as scores of animals are gathering in rehabilitated areas.
Alien Plant Control:
We are very proud to be able to claim the cleanest stretch of Sand River bank in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin thanks to our aggressive long-term strategy to control alien plants. Lantana, a particularly invasive alien, is down from 14% in 2001 to 3% today.
A bush-clearing programme has been underway for several years. Bush clearing creates (or restores) a mosaic of habitats suitable for a diversity of herbivores with the spin-off of improved visibility for game viewing. Local communities benefit through employment opportunities in the clearing operations, and in the subsequent availability of wood for fuel or charcoal manufacture.