Footnotes Blog

Jafuta Foundation: Preserving Community, Culture and Conservation

When carefully and considerately applied, ecotourism preserves and benefits the places where it operates. A genuine and successful ecotourism experience involves a real cultural exchange, benefitting both the clients and their hosts in terms of sharing moments of respectful and authentic interaction. Our ecotourism initiatives consider the issues of cultural voyeurism, commercialisation of rural communities and the negative mindset that can impact children and youths through entertaining visitors and receiving gifts and money in return.

Is it Greener?

Things don’t always appear as green as they may seem. It’s like the old saying, “the grass is greener on the other side”: we all know that is not always the case. Just because they say it is “green” or “environmentally friendly” does not always guarantee that it is, so what can you do to be as green as you can be? You can ask questions. Asking questions is free and we deserve to get the answers we are looking for.

Mission Zero

We are on a mission, but where will our mission land? Will our mission be zero waste or zero life? Regardless of what mission you choose, I am afraid we are already on a mission together. Unfortunately we can’t tell you where we will land and how it will end. Zero waste would be the best possible outcome for our landing because it would enable us for a more waste circular economy: make, remake, return, reuse, repair, recycle and rot.

Simply Sustainable

Sustainability is a word many of us may not really understand. Perhaps we do because we hear it so often, but have you really taken the time to understand its true meaning? There are so many terms: biodegradable, compostable, eco-friendly and sustainability that we tend to overlook the fact that each term has a specific meaning.

How I Got the Shot: Reflective Symmetry

My most recent visit to Mana pools with Chris and Carol Sheppard coincided with the start of the rainy season. Two day before our arrival 165 mm of rain fell in 24 hours.

Our first evening game drive terminated at Trichilia view point. It was sundowner time, so the G&T`s were guzzled quickly as the sun set and dipped behind the distant Zambian escarpment. We were amazed to see how much standing water remained, forming a large pool in front the road and near the Zambezi River.