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Our purpose

Celebrate the Wildlife – through a truly unique and sustainable nature experience. ZuluWaters is recognised for environmental conservation, through its sustainable efforts implemented throughout the reserve. Offering an eco-friendly environment, thoughtful and plant-based food, and ongoing efforts to reduce our footprint. 

The Reserve - our sustainable efforts

ZuluWaters was started with rebuilding conservation in mind. By connecting 7 grazing farms, a 3,000 hectare reserve was established. Dedication was given to restoring the hard-used land to indigenous flora and fauna. Recognised as a pioneering effort in environmental conservation, ZuluWaters became one of the first private Nature Reserves in KZN to be declared under the provincial Wildlife Stewardship Program. Alien gum, wattle and poplar plantations were cleared, watercourses rehabilitated and indigenous grasses planted. Finally, the indigenous game was re-introduced to bring the land back to its former glory. Sustainable tourism is being incorporated into the way of the Reserve.  Ultimately ZuluWaters provides an ideal conservation area for wildlife, including the endangered bearded vulture, blue crane, oribi, brown hyena and white rhino. Offering the ultimate safari experience accompanied by high-end, eco-friendly accommodation for guest comfort.

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Thoughtful food and sustainability

We take sustainability seriously! That means we think carefully about where our food comes from and what ingredients we use. Our ambition is to connect people with wonderful plant-based food experiences that our Chef creates for our guests. This is our contribution to building a future of healthy people and a healthy planet. What we eat not only affects our health but also the health of our planet. We eat local, fresh produce, free of factory-farmed foods. Low impact on the environment, but high impact on the taste buds!

We reduce waste wherever possible and aim to use glass bottles and reusable containers. Our water resources come from our new own well and guarantee refreshing water filled with minerals from nature. We strictly do not serve any factory-farmed animal products. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of wildlife extinction. 

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Community Outreach & Development

The Dalton Education Trust was founded by ZuluWaters Game Reserve in 2008 as a way to give back to the surrounding communities of Dalton Bridge, Ezindikini and Mhubheni, with the specific focus on Early Childhood Development which, addresses the current needs of the community, while also investing in the future of the area’s children. Stimulation during their formative years is crucial for children because, if early needs are not met, there is a knock-on effect throughout their later development. A solid pre-school education is key for success, and provides the foundation for skills development as the child grows. The Sakhithemba Resource Centre at Dalton Bridge serves as an anchor point for the two educational programmes that have been initiated – a network of Early Childhood Educators and weekly Psychomotor Education classes. These focus on giving children the skills they need when entering formal schooling, and enables them to be confident individuals capable of achieving their full potential later in life. ZuluWaters has initiated a small community levy of R50 per adult and R25 per child under the age of 12 per night. These funds enable us to provide the three Early Childhood Development establishments with whatever is needed to ensure these children are given the step up they rightfully deserve. 

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