Sustainability may be a buzzword, but to us it is a core priority. Lesotho is a beautiful land, and we want to protect and preserve it. We are constantly looking for new areas to improve.
In 2016 we made the switch from diesel-guzzling generator power to solar power. This greatly reduced our fuel usage, protecting our air and the climate. The conversion also had the added benefit of completely transforming the guest experience here. We can now provide electricity from morning until night (about 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM) whereas before we only ran the power from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM.
We get our water from the local spring and we do not add any harsh chemicals to it, unless there have been heavy storms when mud gets into the spring or in drought when we have to pump water into the spring from other sources. Most of the people here make their livelihood from agriculture. Soil erosion and degradation is Lesotho’s greatest environmental problem, and those harsh chemicals inflict great damage to the soil. To this end, our sewage system is naturalistic as well. Solid waste is filtered through wetland plants.
Our tap water is clean to use for washing and bathing, but we do not recommend drinking or brushing your teeth with it. We used to sell plastic water bottles but the excessive waste always bothered us. We recently switched from selling plastic water bottles to providing rooms and communal kitchens with refillable containers of fresh spring water, good for drinking. These containers are refilled every day and the water yours for the taking. If you bring your own refillable water bottle, you can help us reduce our plastic waste.
Of course, we invite you to help us protect this environment while you are here. Please be conscious whenever you turn on the tap, and please ensure that all of your waste is thoughtfully put into a waste bin. Our valley is beautiful and our land valuable. We want to treat it right so we can all continue to enjoy it for a long time.