With 119 members in the Ulusaba family, approximately 66% live in the villages surrounding Ulusaba. We're committed to recruiting locally where possible, however these candidates often have no relevant or previous experience, so we offer training programmes to give them the skills they need. Other initiatives include replacing a staff member on maternity leave with another member of her family so there's no loss of income.
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Conserving the natural environment surrounding Ulusaba is high on our agenda! We have ultimate respect for the bush, which is why the number of game drive vehicles is controlled to minimise our impact. We also:
• Avoid unnecessary off-road driving to protect endangered plant species
• Monitor the health of wildlife
• Assist in identification of the endangered white rhino
• Assist with inoculation against harmful diseases
• Help protect animals from poachers
Waste Not Want Not
We love a challenge at Ulusaba and waste is no exception! We pride ourselves on recycling, and here's a taste of our green-friendly initiatives:
• Turning elephant dung into paper used for menus and guest welcome letters
• Using paper made from 85% recycled waste and accredited by the Forest and Stewardship Council
• Giving scrap paper to local crèches
• Participating in clean-up campaigns such as 'Earth Day,' where in 2009 we managed to collect 3 vehicle loads of rubbish from nearby villages
We're committed to working with suppliers who believe in fair trade. We source partners locally where possible and continuously monitor their social and environmental actions and impacts. In the Aroma Boma spa, our therapists use the Africology brand, which is made from natural products such as Marula Oil, African Potato, and Rooibos. And it's not just limited to the Spa. Our highly skilled chefs in the kitchen source their fish from sustainable varieties as per the World Wildlife Foundation standards.
Helping Pride 'n Purpose
Working on a non-profit basis, Pride 'n Purpose is Ulusaba's charitable arm committed to helping disadvantaged communities living near the reserve. Pride 'n Purpose's work is achieved through access to food, water and health services, and by empowering communities with sustainable initiatives. Current projects include setting up water tanks at local orphanages, working with farmers to install boreholes, planting food gardens, supporting entrepreneurial individuals and building sustainable crèches.