How eco-savvy lodges offer luxurious comfort and cause minimal damage to wildlife and the environment

It is sobering to think that even the most environmentally friendly game lodge has an impact on the natural flow of environment and wildlife. That’s why responsible lodge owners continuously look at ways in which they can reduce even the minimal effect their presence has on nature.

Building green from design to construction remains the right thing to do particularly when in the bush. And whilst wood remains the preferred choice for lodges, because of its energy efficiency, attractiveness and overall performance, unsustainably sourced timber can have a significant negative impact on the planet as a whole.

When constructing a lodge, South African lodge developers need to look at local, sustainable timber alternatives like Rhino Wood, a patented South African process that gives softwoods, like South African pine, similar and at times even enhanced characteristics of the most durable and rarest hardwoods making it an environmental, social and economical solution to the long-term future of wood.  And because Rhino Wood is locally sourced and manufactured, it ticks the box when it comes to the increasing demand from consumers to know the origin of the products they use and the environmentally friendly manufacturing processes involved.

In summary, we’d like South Africa’s eco-friendly lodges to use only sustainable products and processes when located in prime wildlife areas. It is up to us to conserve and protect our ecosystem and our planet.

So let’s start right by not only blending into the setting and preserving the natural integrity of the site but by also minimizing environmental damage through the use of earth-friendly products and locally sourced materials that highlight and uplift cultures in the immediate vicinity.

Lastly consumers should consider Rhino Wood if they wish to ensure that the timber used in all aspects of construction from cladding to decks and from walkways to pergolas, is sustainably sourced and locally manufactured.

Did you know wood and wood products need the least amount of energy to manufacture and has the lowest impact on air and water quality? Wood is natural so it does not have the toxic by-products that are associated with other building materials in regards to manufacturing.