GreeningCOMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The Recreation Africa group is actively involved in wetland rehabilitation at the farm Boekenhoutfontein in the North-west Province. The results so far have been amazing. The group is also involved in a pygmy hippo breeding programme which is co-sponsored by Hippo.co.za. We have a real commitment to wildlife and its sustainable use. This we promote through breeding programmes, which specialize in the use of game meat. We are actively involved in the planting and propagating indigenous trees. We have a "Miracle Tree" project. The group has a firm commitment to recycling and composting. Where possible we have recycled buildings and we use local materials to lessen carbon footprint. We also make use of invasive trees to make furniture and to build with. The group has launched its own organic farming programme - the produce will be used in our hotels and restaurants, as well as to feed our own animals. We produce free range cattle and sheep, and have a piggery. We are also currently working on a programme to produce our own Tilapia (indigenous table fish)
Misty Hills was visited by members of the Greening Hotels in South Africa project, and this is what they had to say about our efforts -
From Carolina de Figueiredo, member of the Greening Hotels in South Africa project:
“I recently visited Misty Hills Country Hotel as part of a 'Greening Hotels in South Africa' project, funded by the UK Department of Environmental Affairs, to assess the efforts they making towards becoming a more sustainable and green accommodation, and to suggest where improvements can be made and new interventions brought in.
During my visit to Misty Hills, I was able to walk through the whole property, viewing both the exterior, grounds and interior of the property.
The efforts Misty Hills is showing towards becoming more 'green' are commendable. For example, sourcing 50% of their water from their own dam, efficient use of lighting and energy throughout the property, reduction of plastic bottles, green towel and linen change programmes, grey water re-use and use of mostly indigenous plants throughout the property.
Besides what they are already undertaking, my visit demonstrated that they are always looking to improve and are on the right path to continual greening.”