Sabi Sabi’s conservation philosophy is based on two principles:
The first is the need to conserve rapidly dwindling wilderness areas and to provide a sanctuary for fauna and flora as part of South Africa’s heritage.
The second is the belief that the business must be a true example of eco-tourism effectively linking tourism with conservation and the community. Sabi Sabi’s environmental management system is a holistic one, where the ecological needs are balanced with the needs of people and their communities, i.e. focusing on the interdependence of tourism, conservation and local communities.
Our environmental management policy
“We need to conserve our rapidly dwindling wilderness areas and to provide a sanctuary for fauna and flora of our heritage. The only way a wildlife sanctuary can survive the onslaught of socio-economic pressures is by:
- Employing people
- Earning foreign currency
- Paying tax
- And promoting sustainable tourism
Each member of the Sabi Sabi team receives ongoing training in all areas of our business, empowering them and improving their skills; and each has a thorough understanding that an individual’s performance reflects and is dependant on the performance of other members of the team.
In the rural subsistence areas surrounding Sabi Sabi, the ratio of breadwinner to dependant is over 1 to 7. Therefore our 170 local employees at Sabi Sabi, support over 1200 dependants. These people are directly or indirectly dependant for their livelihood on the success of our enterprise.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve defines eco-tourism as the interdependence of tourism, conservation and local community thereby ensuring the optimum tangible benefit to each of the above.
Local community includes all of the staff employed at Sabi Sabi and the neighbouring communities where they reside. The empowerment of all staff through training and development is a key policy at Sabi Sabi.