Madikwe Safari Lodge is committed to building ongoing, meaningful relationships with local communities. We identify that only through passing on the benefits of what we have learnt in our lives to the local communities can we create a sustainable model.
It is in our opinion that education is a critical success factor for our young democracy as while our government is providing leadership and direction in the larger parts of our economy we need to tackle the challenges in these very rural and often forgotten about areas of South Africa.
We do recognize and insist that you, as a guest, must not feel obliged to assist as just by in staying with us you are empowering our business to make these contributions. If however you wish to get more involved we ask that you contact Sam Morale, Community Manager, and discuss personally your thoughts and ideas on how you would like to experience the community and possible assist in making a contribution.
We have also partnered with an incredible organization called Pack-for-a-Purpose which provides current information for travelers who wish to make meaningful contributions to the local community where they are staying. By selecting items requested by the community specifically for the projects listed here, travelers can make a big impact. At this stage we have partnered with our sister property, Lion Sands and their Community Project in the Kruger National Park region as we are currently looking for a local project to benefit our immediate surrounds.
Lion Sands Community Project
Henna Pre-School first started during 1991 and was named after one of the Indunas of Huntington under the Jongilanga Tribal Authority (the local authority which presides over most of the local villages adjacent to Lion Sands). Henna Pre-School got off the ground after receiving a donation from the Roman Catholic Church and approximately 20 children attended the school in the early years. The school initially used mud-walled buildings for infrastructure and since the turn of the century, with the involvement of Lion Sands, better facilities have been built and the number of children attending the school has risen sharply to 114. Since then, Lion Sands’ involvement in Henna Pre-School has grown dramatically due to the need for basic education and healthy meals for the pre-school children.