‘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
The fate of human beings is inseparable from the earth. This the crucial lesson that conservation has taught us, and it obliges us 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.
A primary objective for us has always been to demonstrate that human beings and wildlife can interact sustainably. The Londolozi land was nurtured back into abundance through an ambitious program to recreate the river systems, to restore natural drainage lines, and to restock and rebuild the productivity of the land. The results are truly remarkable: Londolozi is now a uniquely diverse reserve supporting a dazzling array of animals.
An active micro-catchments management program, aiding the land to retain its water, has helped make Londolozi largely drought resistant and also provides employment for surrounding communities. We are already seeing the benefits of this project as scores of animals are gathering in rehabilitated areas.