Permaculture Centre

at the Sijwa Project

man tending to garden

Organic Compost Pits

  • Kitchen waste from our lodge kitchens is deposited into the compost pits.
  • Creating the most nutritious and mineral dense soil for organic gardening
  • Employment is created and skills are trained which will filter back into the communities
  • Permaculture experts were brought in to establish the foundation for this solid permaculture plant
  • The Junior Rangers in training will be taught organic gardening skills

The Beehive Project

Coming 2022

The threat of bees is so intensely felt by animals that conservationists are using it to help prevent the kinds of conflict that put the community at risk. In our conservancies the people experience human-wildlife conflict on a regular basis as elephants naturally cross over from the Bwabwata National park into the neighbouring villages to feast on their lush crops.

Elephant and bee projects exists in various parts of Africa to combat the human-elephant conflicts; it is our wish to establish a similar project in the Zambezi region. Although Sijwa Island is not part of the age-old migratory route of the elephants traversing this area, we believe our organic farms will draw in elephants.

We will build our own beehives and hang these around the farm to deter these gentle giants. The beehive building skills will be taught to our community. Our plan is to obtain donations from our visiting guests to fund beehive projects all over the Mayuni and Mashi conservancies. Beekeeping is an art and skill, which will be taught to the individuals we will employ and the Junior Rangers to look after the bees.

The beeswax will skillfully be turned into candles and other artifacts, which we will sell. Honey produced naturally by the bees will be bottled and sold as ‘Elephant Friendly Honey’ to our lodges and other surrounding lodges as well as the community.

“Elephants are afraid of bees.  Let that sink in for a minute.  The largest animal on land is so terrified of a tiny insect that it will flap its ears, stir up dust and make noises when it hears the buzz of a beehive”

Worm Farms

  1. Nonacidic kitchen waste plus all paper waste are deposited into the worm farms
  2. The worm farms produce nutrient-rich fertilizer for the organic gardens in the form of worm tea and vermicompost
  3. Individuals from the community are employed to care for the worm farms 

Organic Greenhouses

  1. Our lodges used to procure all its fresh produce from Katima and Windhoek which is imported from South Africa
  2. Skills on organic gardening were taught by experts in the field
  3. Natural matter is used to create pesticides so that the farm remains completely organic
  4. Individuals from the community have been employed and trained on how to care for the farm
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Tree Nursery to Offset Carbon Emissions

Coming 2022

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are a major contributor to climate change. During its lifetime, one tree will absorb and store between one to three tones of carbon dioxide.

To help combat climate change we plan to have our guests partake in a program to offset their carbon emissions. The first step is to plant hundreds of small indigenous trees in our tree nursery.  Once the guests arrive at our lodges we will calculate their total carbon emissions since their arrival in Namibia. They are then encouraged to purchase trees to the value of their carbon emissions. They can select the trees and also decide where they wish to plant their trees.

We will identify areas in our conservancies where trees have been chopped down for firewood and structures. GPS coordinates will be taken of the planted tree and regular updates will be sent to the guests on its progress. This will encourage carbon footprint consciousness within the guest and may entice him/her to return to the area to visit the tree he/she planted.

“Planting trees is an effective way to offset our guests carbon emissions and improve the environment for the benefit of climate, wildlife and people.”

growing food at the permaculture plant

Fresh Organic Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit

  1. We grow fresh organic vegetables, herbs and fruit using the nutrient rich castings from our compost pits and worm farms
  2. The fresh healthy produce reaches our guest tables at our lodges and our communities to improve healthy eating habits

Free Range Eggs

  1. Our lodges used to procure approximately 600 eggs per week from Windhoek
  2. We established a chicken coop using the ethical principles of permaculture
  3. Eggs from our farm are sold to the lodges 
  4. Individuals from the community have been employed and trained to look after the chickens from the local villages
  5. The Junior Rangers in training will be involved in the egg project

How You Can Help

We at African Monarch Lodges, through this diverse initiative, have created renowned guest experiences through intuitive moments of contact with our people. We are developing artisan skills and enriching the lives of our youth and our community whilst protecting the habitat and respecting nature’s course. We trust that you will feel our passion and enthusiasm for the success of The Sijwa Project and would help us achieve the full potential for this remote part of Namibia. We would appreciate any form of support.

We thank you for selecting to stay at our African Monarch Lodges, as your stay makes an enormous difference within the local community through our monthly contributions as a Joint Venture Partner with the Mayuni and Mashi Conservancies.

Bank Details

The Sijwa Project,
Standard Bank, Namibia,
Acc: 60003912069,
Branch: Windhoek,
Branch Code: 082372,
Swift Code: SBNMNANX

Please use the facet of the Sijwa project you would like to donate to as a reference:
The Permaculture Centre, Glass Recycling Workshop, Aluminium Recycling Workshop, Tree Nursery for the offset of carbon emissions, Elephant Friendly Beehive Project, Junior Sewing School, Junior Ranger School, Sewing Workshop.