At Royal Zambezi Lodge we believe in responsible tourism and supporting the environment around us through community and conservation, giving high priority to the well-being of our local communities and preserving the local ecosystem.
In 2015, the KAI Foundation partnered with Royal Zambezi Lodge, to fundraise and build a maternity ward for the community. The project, having been pioneered by Henry Kartagener and the Royal team, is proudly named “The Claire Kartagener Maternity Ward” after Henry’s wife in honour of it being their first project. It officially opened with Henry from KAI and Natalie from Royal, being present to cut the ribbon. Two days later the first baby was born in the new maternity ward, aptly named Claire. The ongoing running and maintenance of the maternity ward have been kept afloat by various generous donations from guests who have stayed with us at Royal. Without them, we would not be able to sustain the tireless efforts it takes to run a project of this magnitude. Going forward, Royal Zambezi Lodge and the KAI Foundation have partnered once again to sponsor, fundraise and initiate a plan to build doctors accommodation for the maternity ward. Once fulfilled, this project will assist the Ministry of Health in placing a clinical office/senior medic at the facility that services around 4000 people from the surrounding villages.
We are proud members of this initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
At Royal Zambezi Lodge we believe it is essential to support conservation and actively ensure the preservation of the Lower Zambezi ecosystem. Sustainable use of the local biomass is, of course, something that has always taken place. Our guides are committed to guiding responsibly at all times, ensuring that every wildlife sighting is left as we find it, our footprint as light as possible, and we operate a catch and release policy on the river to ensure the sustainability of our fish population.
Current global problems occurring range from human/wildlife conflict, human encroachment into wildlife areas, deforestation, climate change, plastic pollution, poaching, wildlife trafficking and much more. To actively provide solutions to counter these issues requires endless resources from human to financial support and education. We are proud to partner and support conservation organisations working in the Lower Zambezi in their tireless efforts in tackling these various issues. Read more about the organisations below and the projects they are coordinating.
CLZ is a Zambian non-profit organisation that, for over 25 years, has been committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the area. These values are implemeneted via its three core programmes:
Wildlife Protection Programme
CLZ supports the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in their wildlife protection activities by providing support to DNPW scout patrol teams to complete patrols in the Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding areas. In recent years, CLZ’s approach to law enforcement has become increasingly proactive which is implemented through increased support to DNPW Investigation and Intelligence Units, the establishment of the Lower Zambezi Detection and tracking Dog Unit and the 10-man Rapid Response Unit.
Environmental Education Programme
CLZ aims to raise awareness within the local community about the benefits of protecting the environment by four main activities; outreach, centre visits, teacher training and facilitating Safari guide training. CLZ works with 65 schools and reaches over 3,000 students and 50 teachers each year.
Community Engagement Programme
CLZ supports the local community through human-wildlife-conflict (HWC) mitigation, and advising and supporting income-generating activities to help the community to benefit further both directly and indirectly from the safari industry.
Royal Zambezi Lodge is a proud Platinum suppoter of CLZ and assist their efforts in various ways:
Founded in 2012, BCP is a mission-driven forest conservation company who, along with their partners are jointly trying to address deforestation in wildlife-rich areas of Zambia.
LZRP was pioneered in Zambia through the protection of 40,216 hectares of forest in the Lower Zambezi ecosystem. It is Zambia’s first verified Carbon Standard REDD+ project and in 2015 achieved a unique milestone when the Lower Zambezi National Park became the first in the world to go carbon neutral from operations.
This project has also achieved gold level validation in Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards or its exceptional climate change impacts an community and biodiversity benefits. As a result LZRP is now rated the most impactful REDD+ project in the world.
3) To replace the plastic water bottles, guests assisting us in our green initiatives, are offered a lovely branded reusable water bottle to use throughout their stay and can take home with them as a keepsake.