Living in the Karoo, we know all too well how important water is and that’s why we have many water-wise initiatives in place to safeguard this precious resource here at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
Dwyka Tented Lodge’s gardens are created using indigenous plants, trees and shrubs, which need minimal watering. When needed, we only water the Gondwana and Tilney gardens at dawn or dusk when the temperatures are lower in order to get maximum ground soakage.
Guests are urged to reuse towels when possible, which alleviates water usage in the housekeeping department. Dual flush toilet systems are also installed in the rooms as well as low flow shower heads and taps, which help enormously.
Some of the boreholes on the reserve are solar powered, which includes the ‘watering holes’, which are in place for the wildlife. We have water storage tanks at all three lodges as well as at the staff accommodation village. A grey water system, which goes through triple filtration is utilised as part of our garden irrigation. We are currently working on water-purification machines, which will allow guests to refill their own water bottles instead of using throwaway plastic bottles.
At home, there are so many ways to save water and money and this is a great way to involve children so they too learn how to preserve water.