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Camp Jabulani  Hot
Hotels 5 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Africa
Country: South Africa

Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulani represents the epitome of style, luxury, gastronomic excellence and warm hospitality. But at the heart of this five star operation lies a cause far greater than its tangible elements. This camp was conceptualized and created for one purpose. To support and sustain twelve elephants who by the hand of fate had found themselves in the custody of wildlife visionary, Lente Roode (founder and owner of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre).

The intimate camp environment was designed open-plan to merge seamlessly with the surrounding bush. Facilities include an open air spa, lounge, dining room and shaded wooden deck overlooking a dry river-bed.

Each of the 6 ultra luxurious suites has a private plunge pool and deck area. Within the suite is a lounge area with fireplace, a free standing stone bath tub and double vanity, a glass enclosed shower within the surrounding bush, and a separate WC. The Zindoga Villa will ideally suit the family traveller, smaller groups or those who seek complete privacy and exclusivity.

Activities include daily elephant back safaris with expert grooms and handlers; game drives in open safari vehicles; visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and simple relaxation around the camp or in the “Bush Spa”. Additional activities which may be arranged at a fee include early morning hot-air ballooning over the reserve, and clay pigeon shooting.

Green Star Rating Results:
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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★ (3)
Staff Comment - none

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment -
• Sewerage dams were introduced to all the camp sites and staff quarters. This reduces the risk of underground water being polluted by human debris
• A water treatment facility has been installed to ensure that water from the Klaserie River is sufficiently treated for the purpose of human consumption.
• A Groundwater and Surface Water Monitoring Plan has been established with the objective of identifying pollution and irregularities in good time to establish and implement means to rectify poor situations. This programme includes:
- routine monitoring of groundwater levels, rainfall figures and water quality;
- The evaluation of hydro-geological monitoring data by a qualified hydro-geologist on a bi-annually basis.
• It must at all times be ensured that the water quality of the treated effluent of the sewage treatment works as well as the water from the water treatment works do conform to the required DWAF Standard.
• Rain water is collected

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment -
Household waste generated during operation of the lodge and associated activities is disposed of at a permitted waste site in terms of the Environmental Conservation Act 1989 (Act 73 of 1989), thereby ensuring that all strict guidelines for waste management sites have been implemented to ensure that groundwater pollution is prevented.
- Recycling of waste materials is strongly supported as follows :
• Different colours of glass are sorted
• Tins are sorted
• These items are then recycled
- Organic waste is handled as follows :
 Bones and meat not used for feeding the cheetahs, wild dogs, etc at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre are used for feeding the vultures at the HESC’s “Vulture Restaurant”
 Old bones at the Vulture Restaurant are collected, and ground in a bone mill. This is then sprinkled over the meat for the animals to increase their calcium intake.
- Precautionary methods are implemented for the storage and handling of chemical substances that could impact on the soils, ground- and surface water (mostly relevant where vehicles are serviced and filled with petrol and diesel):
- A container filled with sand to soak up any spillages, as well as an empty container into which the “contaminated” sand is placed and stored for collection by the supplier of the relevant substance is always available on site.
- It is known that the Regional Representative of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry must immediately be informed if pollution of any groundwater or soils occurs. They will give instruction on actions to be taken in this regard.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Environmental Awareness Programmes
Amongst Staff
- An environmental education programme is implemented by the staff and all labourers on site in terms of relevant environmental issues with specific emphasis on:
 the purpose of conservation of the natural environment;
 the prohibition of cutting of firewood from the surrounding veld;
 pollution control;
 recycling of waste material;
 waste management, etc.
- Regular briefings take place in the form of on-site talks and demonstrations.
- The education / awareness programme is aimed at all levels of staff.
Amongst Guests
- Notices are placed within the units requesting that guests are aware of the fact that water is a scarce commodity. It is required that guests do not unnecessarily request clean towels for replacement.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment -
- The Roode family purchased 12 000 ha of farm land and transformed this land to a Big 5 game reserve, receiving Nature Reserve Status in 1990
- Previously, cattle had overgrazed the farms, and a lot of chemicals (used for dipping the cattle had been released into the environment). The land had also been used for agricultural farming, for maximum productivity, but with little care for the effect on the natural environment.
- To assist in rehabilitating the land, over-grazed areas were ripped, nutritious top-soil was brought in to areas where dams were constructed, where branches were packed to give a good base from which grass could grow.
- The Roode family recreated a balanced system without any negative impact on the natural resources and inhabitants. The Big 5 were re-introduced to the reserve, as well as Tsesebe, endangered Sable by the owners Antelope, and many others.
These species continue to thrive in this well preserved habitat.
- The reserve is home to a variety of different ecosystems – woodlands, grasslands, riverine bush etc.
- Indigenous birds like the Red-billed Oxpecker (which lives on ticks and their larvae) returned to exist symbiotically with the various antelope species on the reserve.
- A Wildlife & Nature Management Plan (WNMP) has been compiled by the Range Forage Institute (RFI) has been implemented. The management plan:
• supplies specifications for the identification of species according to habitat capacity;
• supplies the correct procedures for the introduction of identified game species to avoid the outbreak of diseases that could affect other farming activities in the macro area;
• supplies measures to conserve the natural open-space ecosystems that are not being developed;
• is aimed at improvement of veld condition and grazing capacity;
• enables maintenance and improvement of biodiversity;
• is aimed at conserving a variety of game species;
• provides for the recreational need for the owners and visitors to the lodge.
- A fire management plan has been identified and is strictly implemented according to specifications.

Contact Details

Camp Jabulani
South Africa
+27 12 460 5605
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