An insight into the ways and customs of African communities is truly humbling and enlightening, the values, friendships, humour and creativity are awe-inspiring.
The readiness with which the ladies burst into song and laughter is genuinely up-lifting. There is a lot to learn about the careful animal husbandry and intricate traditional beadwork as well as living from the land and ancient bush skills. The pride in the thriving local schools and medical clinics is tangible, these communities are able to uphold centuries old traditions while embracing modernity and new technologies, offering their children the education they need to preserve their way of life and the environment that they cherish while taking positive steps forward and making their voices heard in political and conservation forums.
Many lodges work closely with the villages in their vicinity, employing members of the community, sharing knowledge and resources and often financially supporting the local school, clinic or library. As a guest at these lodges you are warmly welcomed and your contribution appreciated.