Giving Back At Royal Zambezi Lodge we believe in responsible tourism and supporting the environment around us, giving high priority to the well-being of our local communities and preserving the local ecosystem.
Conservation – at the Lodge we are committed to guiding responsibly, conserving and caring for the local wildlife and natural resources. We are Platinum supporters of Conservation Lower Zambezi, who we are privileged to call neighbours.
Community – we work with the local community in the Chiawa Game Management area of the Lower Zambezi to ensure a good standard of living by providing economic and educational support and empowerment. Community At Royal Zambezi Lodge we are committed to ensuring that the people living in the Chiawa Game Management Area of the Lower Zambezi enjoy a good standard of living. We do this by providing financial and advisory support to the local schools and offering employment in the local area. We also facilitate pro-active intervention for many of our guests who want to help. Some features of our involvement with the community are as follows:
More than 80% of our staff are recruited locally – creating opportunity in the area.
We provide training for all our staff so that they can develop within our company or learn a skill when they join us — expertise range from mechanics to storemen, carpenters to cooks, to guides and the front-line staff. • Through the support of Conservation Lower Zambezi, we have helped communities learn about sustainable living and farming practices and also helped locals learn new trades such as jewellery making.
The Royal Zambezi Lodge shop supports local artisans by sourcing product locally.
In 2015, the KAI Foundation partnered with Royal Zambezi Lodge, to fundraise and build a maternity ward for the community. The project, having been pioneered by Henry Kartagener and the Royal team, is proudly named “The Claire Kartagener Maternity Ward” after Henry’s wife in honour of it being their first project. It officially opened with Henry from KAI and Natalie from Royal, being present to cut the ribbon. Two days later the first baby was born in the new maternity ward, aptly named Claire. The ongoing running and maintenance of the maternity ward have been kept afloat by various generous donations from guests who have stayed with us at Royal. Without them, we would not be able to sustain the tireless efforts it takes to run a project of this magnitude. Going forward, Royal Zambezi Lodge and the KAI Foundation have partnered once again to sponsor, fundraise and initiate a plan to build doctors accommodation for the maternity ward. Once fulfilled, this project will assist the Ministry of Health in placing a clinical office/senior medic at the facility that services around 4000 people from the surrounding villages. Read more about these inspiring projects by visiting the KAI Foundation.
Many of our guests visit the Chiawa village, and some examples of the work we have facilitated at Chiawa with the guests’ help are below: With support from the University of Washington Alumni, we have been able to install a solar-powered fridge in the small clinic in Chiawa to store perishable drugs.
Some Australian guests provided financial assistance to provide tables, chairs and other building materials to the primary school to enable the children to learn in a comfortable environment.
By harnessing the expertise of one of our guests and the right drugs we have been able to cure most cases of ringworm and the villagers learnt how to administer the medication themselves under the guidance of a professional.
We have provided and installed water pumps in the villages for the community so that they now have clean drinking water.
Australian guests, in collaboration with Royal Zambezi Lodge and Conservation Lower Zambezi, are funding a project to provide Edu-pads/i-school tablets to the local school. Through the coordination of CLZ, the tablets will be pre-loaded with their conservation curriculum to aid in educating the local community.
In conjunction with the German Embassy, a borehole was drilled at the maternity ward to provide clean drinking water.
Fixed and drilled seven boreholes in many communities along the river. We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community at their travel destination. If they save just a few kilos of space in their suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, they will make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are in demand for our project.