BOTLIERSKOP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
We only have one planet.
The time is now to all do our part to ensure that Planet Earth is protected. We need to help instill a profound respect and understanding of how vital Nature is and how it provides for us in all our fellow men. Our future depends on it.
Environmental conservation encourages us to be mindful of our daily choices. Regardless of how busy your life may be, it remains easy to make small yet necessary changes for the good of the Earth. Each little step we take together takes us all closer to major progress. Let us try harder every day, step by step.
ALIEN VEGETATION MANAGEMENT
Invasive alien plants use more water than our local ones do, depleting valuable and scarce underground water resources. Especially if allowed to become dense, alien vegetation provides plenty of fuel for wildfires. Such fires damage the soil’s structure as they are exceptionally hot, making the recovery time after these fires seriously prolonged.
Invasive alien plants are also a major threat to the biodiversity in catchment areas, often disrupting the delicate natural balance in ecosystems. Biodiversity is essential for our water, food, wood, clean air, medicine and much more. It is vital that we protect this resource.
The top 10 invasive alien plants affecting the Western Cape are:
These plants can have a severe effect on water resources, reducing water run-off by as much as 30% in heavily infested areas.
Through our alien-vegetation removal programme, Botlierskop has created 15 new employment opportunities and has assisted entrepreneur, Marius Job, to start his own firewood business in January 2019. His team of six workers, all from local disadvantaged communities, is trained in plant identification, chainsaw use, health and safety and how to use the removed invasive plants productively. Marius sells most of the wood to Botlierskop for our various lodges’ fireplaces and to local traders.
Large invasive alien trees, such as Eucalyptus Grandis, can use between 100 and 1,000 litres of water per day, significantly more than any of our average indigenous trees.
PLANT A SPEKBOOM (PORK BUSH)
A Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) thicket is 10 times more effective than the Amazon rainforest at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The Spekboom, also known as ‘Elephant Bush’, can grow as tall as five metres and live up to 200 years. Unlike other plants, it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen 24 hours a day. One hectare of Spekboom can sequester up to 4.2 tonnes of carbon per year. Planting 10 ha of this plant equates to removing 26 cars from South African roads for 12 months!
According to a new study, planting 500 billion plus trees is the ‘best climate change solution’ available today as it could remove about 25% of atmospheric carbon. Even better news is that there is much we can do to make this happen!
Please support our “Buy a Spekboom” initiative. Simply buy a spekboom, we will plant it and donate these funds towards vital conservation projects managed by AWCF.
RECYCLE REUSE REDUCE
OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
By making a small change in your daily life, you can make a massive reduction in waste. Less waste going to the landfill means you’ve easily reduced your carbon footprint.
The three magic R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away.
In 2018, Botlierskop started repurposing stained tablecloths into 116 napkins. In August 2019, we will be bidding goodbye to plastic laundry bags. Instead, hotel guests will be offered a laundry bag made of recycled pillowcases and other used linen. By doing so, Botlierskop will prevent 1,500 plastic bags from polluting the environment each year.
All glass containers/bottles are either recycled or refilled (by suppliers)
We recycle 4019 containers per month that means over the course of a year Botlierskop recycles 208,988 glass containers, which will save 20,902,729 watts of energy!
That means for a full years recycling, we could:
- Light a compact fluorescent bulb for 170 years, 3 months
- Light a standard 60 watt light bulb for 39 years, 8 months
- Operate a computer for 7 years, 11 months
- Operate a TV for 5 years, 3 months
In October 2019, all rooms will have in-shower glass dispensers installed to replace individual plastic bottles.
Healing EARTH Amenities are all manufactured in eco-friendly, biodegradable containers/glass with 100% natural ingredients. Healing EARTH products are pure, containing no artificial colours, chemicals, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetics or other harmful ingredients. Only pure organic botanicals and indigenous plant extracts are used in Healing EARTH products.
Making paper involves using machinery that releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. To produce 1 tonne of paper, 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emission is released into the air instantly. Every single sheet of paper requires 11.3 litres of water to make. It takes one tree to make 16.67 reams of copier paper.
Wherever possible, Botlierskop is going paperless. All indemnity forms for all day activities are paperless now. More will be added soon.
In-room magazines are back copies purchased from publishing houses. Our older in-room magazines are donated to old-age homes in Hartenbos for rereading.
Globally, toilet paper production wipes out 27,000 trees a day (no pun intended). One tree produces 200 rolls. That is why Sappi Triple Green tissue is the best choice you can make. It’s made from post-industrial sugarcane waste and FSC-certified wood fibre. Which means no indigenous forests are harmed in its production. Nor is chlorine used in the bleaching process.
A Report from NBC News suggests that the biggest man-made contaminant of the world’s oceans are not plastic straws, or even plastic bags, but cigarette butts.
We are now selling only craft cigarettes with biodegradable butts at our lodges and we urge all our guests to join this movement.
Moreover, we only use biodegradable straws and all our cleaning products are all natural and do not contain any dangerous chemicals.
We reduce our environmental impact by making smart purchasing choices. We buy local to reduce the impact on the environment and benefit the community. At Botlierskop, we also reduce our waste by only purchasing environmentally-friendly products.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES
Botlierskop has managed to switch a percentage of its day time portion of energy consumption to renewable solar energy, with great results.
Botlierskop’s 100 kWp Grid–tied solar powered system consisting of 300 x 330 watt photovoltaic panels, generating ± 534 kWh/day or saving 0.07 tonnes/day of CO₂.
We are gratified with the R1,5 million investment towards conserving the environment and our ability to generate 30% of the daily power needs for Botlierskop Tented Lodge which is currently 60-100 kWh/day.
Phase 2, soon to follow, an additional 400 kWp of solar panels will be added to generate an extra 2,136 kWh/day and save 0.27 tonnes/day of CO₂. This is expected for completion by November 2019, at a total investment of R3 million.
We are also busy with plans to use the surplus energy generated by our solar power plant to run our proposed hydropower station which will supply the lodge with power at night-time (off-peak) as well as during morning and evening peaks.
By doing so we will be off-grid within 24months.
For the 2017 financial year, ESKOM used 113.7million tonnes of coal to generate power.
The emission factor based on these inputs is 1 tonne of coal = 2.27 tCO₂e.
Therefore 258 mil tCO2e. in the 2017 financial year
Eskom used an average of 320 000 Ml water per annum over the past 10 years. This includes all Coal-fired power stations, Nuclear and New-build power stations.
Eskom produces about 46776 megawatts of electricity from thermal power stations annually (2018)
Thank you for choosing to make a difference