Climate change, destruction of eco-systems, carbon emissions and natural disasters are increasingly more common. How many of us set the intention to take responsibility for these issues? We should act on Gandhi’s advice by being the change we want to see in the world.
Eco tourism is the most fitting place for a sustainable approach to be taken. Yet still we all drive game viewers that emit fumes, utilize electricity powered with fossil fuels and use products that are nonessential.
Developing a sustainable lifestyle does not come about overnight though. It is a gradual shift in thinking and requires all parties concerned to understand the higher ideal. It is comprised of many small, achievable acts of kindness to the planet that generate momentum for the collective consciousness and culture.
Our current driver in this movement is the Zero Emissions Safari vehicle. The first of its kind, this electric powered Land Rover is now well into phase two of the project. Using a recycled Londolozi Land Rover’s body, the vehicle runs smoothly, silently and with no emissions, other than that of the electricity used to charge it. Costing six cents as opposed to six rand per liter is a further key element in this project’s contribution towards sustainability.
Harnessing the power of natural energy is our next goal. If you can imagine solar panels charging long lasting lithium ion batteries, providing sustainable and free energy then you can imagine the future of this project.
This process not only sensitizes us to the needs of our environment but also to the needs of our guests. With the wealth of affordable digital photographic equipment available and the appeal of wildlife photography, our specialized photographic safari vehicle is popular. This modified Land Rover is designed to give photographers a unique opportunity to take great pictures. Swiveling seats, Wimberley heads, video and SLR cameras, night vision goggles and a rifle microphone are there to enhance the safari experience.
Although there are many issues we can’t change, we are taking the journey of working towards the things that we can both for our treasured environment and for our guests. We would love to hear what you think of the vehicles as well as any ideas that you think could make your safari even better.
Written, Filmed and Photographed by: Rich Laburn