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Community Involvement at Madwaleni River Lodge

As part of Babanango Game Reserve’s rehabilitation efforts they removed invasive alien plant species, including black wattle. Our team designed the boma, an outdoor dining area, for the purpose of using the extracted wattle sustainably, highlighting the plight and using a sustainable material. Tapping into the skillset of the local community, artisans were tasked to weave the wattle saplings into a steel framework. Basket weaving is essential to preserving the Zulu cultural identity, fostering pride, and belonging within the community. The woven curved walls will, intentionally, decay over time, creating ongoing employment for the local community to reweave the walls.


Luxury Frontiers' design intent for Madwaleni River Lodge was to involve the community as much as possible.

To minimize site impact during the construction of Madwaleni River Lodge, manual labor was prioritized over heavy machinery. This approach created employment opportunities for individuals from surrounding communities. Fifty-five workers from fifteen nearby communities were employed, many of whom gained valuable skills.


Luxury Frontiers' design intent for Madwaleni River Lodge was to involve the community as much as possible.

Our design intent for Madwaleni River Lodge was to incorporate community arts and crafts where possible. Accordingly, we designed decorative items that align with the core competencies of community members, such as weaving, beadwork, woodwork, and pottery. In collaboration with Africa Ignite, a rural development agency operating across KwaZulu-Natal, Luxury Frontiers commissioned local artisans to handmake these decorative items, in doing so we provided both income and skills training. These decorative pieces can be found throughout the lodge.


Luxury Frontiers' design intent for Madwaleni River Lodge was to involve the community as much as possible.

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