Sanbona contributes to environmental conservation in the following ways:

Environmental Management

Conserving endangered plant communities on 54,000 hectares (succulents & renosterveld).

Reintroduction of locally extinct hippo, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, lion and various indigenous antelope species to the reserve.

Conserving indigenous rock art heritage.

Destruction and rehabilitation of all redundant agricultural infrastructure including internal fences (19 farms), reservoirs, roads, rubbish dumps, houses, sheds, phone lines and power lines.

Improving the quality of grazing and browsing through wildlife introduction.

Improving water quality and run-off through vegetation rejuvenation.

Providing vital habitat for local and migratory water birds on Bellair Dam.

Conserving endangered and critically endangered fauna (Cape mountain zebra, Cheetah, White rhino, Riverine Rabbit).

Providing an important breeding site for raptors incl Black eagle, Booted eagle.

Restoring a natural ecological regime to a once disturbed ecosystem.

Providing 8000ha as a wilderness area with a hands–off management strategy.

Combating soil erosion.

Removal of invasive alien vegetation.

Outdated mono and submersible pumps are being converted to solar pumps.

Utilising indigenous water-wise plants in lodge gardens.

The lodge gardens make use of microjet irrigation to conserve water.

Land fill sites are not permitted on the reserve and all solid waste is transported to a municipal facility on a weekly basis. (Top)

Social Responsibility

Providing employment and economic growth to the local community.

Promoting Skills Development, Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment and Employment Equity.

Participating in a private/public initiative in the Cape Nature Stewardship Programme.

Funding of 3 Masters research projects on the reserve (plants/elephants, predator management & Riverine rabbit).

Performing environmental education through local schools. (Top)


All goods are purchased as locally as possible in order to reduce transport and benefit the local economy.

Menus are designed to use fresh local produce wherever possible, including meats vegetables, olive oil, nuts.

Sanbona attempts to promote locally produced crafts in its curio shop, preferably from disadvantaged backgrounds.

All potential development projects are subject to extensive Environmental Impact Assessment processes. (Top)

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