Guests at our lodges always marvel at the appetising buffets with large selections of fresh salads, dairy and meat products. Our secret is Gondwana Self-Sufficiency Centre (SSC). It is a farming operation which includes chickens and pigs as well as hothouses. The centre has its own on-site butchery and smokehouse.
The SSC near the village Stampriet forms part of the Kalahari Farmhouse, one of the smaller Gondwana lodges. Owing to the ready supply of water by a multi-layered aquifer system, Stampriet is the perfect location for the SSC. From here all of Gondwana’s accommodation establishments are supplied with fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as organic cuts of meat. Furthermore, it provides much needed employment for locals.
Furthermore, all Gondwana lodges are encouraged to establish self-sufficiency gardens to cater for their basic fresh fruit and vegetable needs. The size and design of the garden depends on the property. At Damara Mopane Lodge, each guest room as its own vegetable garden, which supplies 80% of the lodge’s required produce. Namib Desert Lodge and Canyon Lodge have netted tunnels where herbs, tomatoes, lettuce and cabbage are grown. Zambezi Mubala Lodge has an aquaponics tank for supplying guests with herbs and lettuce. Thus, the lodges can reduce the carbon footprint that comes with store-bought vegetables’ packaging and transport.