So, let's talk bout water. Sweet Beautiful water.
Rooiberg Safaris & the all illusive water supply:
Firstly & foremost, we, Rooiberg Safaris, we are immensely lucky.
We have always strived towards a very green environment and therefor have quite a few advantages. We have solar powered boreholes, so that underground water can be utilised. We have and utilise them every day.
Solar helps when the wind is not going and therefor water supply is constant.
All our grey water is directly relayed into the veld and supplies water to the two drinking holes that can be seen from the patio. No water is ever wasted. We have started on a process of recycling.
Separating compost, glass, plastic, garbage, etc. even though challenging, helps us with our chef-grown veggie garden. This, in turn, reduces cost to consumables.
Quite a few other processes are in the pipeline, but takes time. One, fixing and improving our dams has proven to be quite expensive and would have been (will be) 100% worth it, the moment it starts raining. In retrospect another borehole, right next to the biggest dam, might have helped, but who would have known?
1. Game becomes more scarce & decline in numbers:
The animals immediately migrate to areas (often in the mountains) where there are springs and they will find ample water.
Useless fact: A kudu can jump 3m high from a stil-standing position. Game in SA belongs to the person's farm it's on.
2. The veld starts whimpering:
We are, yet again lucky in the diversity of our plants, especially our Klein Karoo (unique in the world) plants that retain water for long periods of time.
Useless fact: The Elephant bush / tree photosynthesises through day and night and can retail water in it's leaves, enough for animals to live off, for xxx amount of time. Because of this it is also tax deductible and is also perfectly safe for human consumption.
3. Tourists (income) starts drying up:
The immense fear that no showers will be available, becomes tangible. So, we are in process of clarifying that we have boreholes with fresh, spring water. 100% drinkable and clean. Besides that fact, the trend influences the whole Western Cape Tourism and surrounds and fears that income can drop becomes a very real fact.
Useless fact: Tourists seems not to trust local water. Bottled is in!!! It is also bad for the environment (plastic bottels).
4. Consumables become more expensive:
From fruit & wine, to products like shampoo and cream, whatever, it just rises in price. In almost every process of production, water is used at some stage. That pushes up the lodging price for tourists and therefore more tourists are needed to provide for the families under your care.
Not so useless fact: “Despite the challenges that tourism has endured over the last few years, it outperformed other key industries in terms of job creation, adding just over 40 000 net new jobs to the economy over the five-year period from 2012 to 2016. This is higher than the number of jobs gained in industries such as trade and utilities (electricity, gas and water),” the Rapport News notes.
What can you do?
Don't stop booking!
1. Phone and find out about water supply. Very often B&Bs, Lodges, Hotels just do not put this info on their sites, but cán cope with demand and do have systems in place.
2. It started raining again! Woohoo! Inform yourself on your specific area.
3. Find out if tap water is safe to drink in your visiting area. Rule of thumb: Don't drink water right by the coastline.
Salt water creaks in and can make it - well - not so nice.
Not so useless fact: The Western Cape seems to have an influx of tourists. We are so cool, people just don't care about showers!
"I have a dream..."
Words that inspired a whole country to move in a different direction. When you decide on a dream, the going can get quite tough, very fast. Deciding to have a different view, daring to look at the world from what might be considered: 'not the norm' Challenging every belief that our dream not only cán be achieved, but flourish, has proven to be an arduous, emotionally horrible and time-consuming challenge beyond belief.
But is that why you have a dream? Because you dare to. You dare to think differently, dare to take chances and believe in what you're doing.
It only takes one visit to the lodge and farm to see why the dream stays alive.
The peace, quiet, sacredness of game walking free, the wonder of walking between plants internationally unique and believing that this is worth protecting at all costs.
Co-Owners Pieter & Elsofie Pitout decided to choose to rather a dream than follow. Daring to believe, rather than the slavery of an ordinary life. A really tough journey that took every once of determination and will they could muster. But 100% worth it.
Come look for yourself what nature can do for you!
Elsofie Pitout started out small, by opening and maintaining a 16 page newspaper for the small town Utrecht. She moved to Cape Town to finish a degree in Photography, Graphic Design & Marketing. After opening a studio, where she did portrait, corporate & fashion photography as well as the online marketing for several companies, she took a personal break of a year before tackling the task of marketing Rooiberg Safaris' marketing, as well as developing and establishing the Lodge as co-owner and founder. Rooiberg Safaris built, furnished and profitable in less than a year, the alternative route and view that co-owners Pieter & Elsofie chose, clearly a winning recipe.