Aims & Philosophies

1. To purchase land for conservation and to assist in the preservation of endangered and exceptional habitats. (Balule was in fact started by Laurence Saad, founder of Ezulwini, who intiated its’ first meeting and named the reserve).

2. To promote eco-tourism, uplift the local population and the sustainable utilization of local products, so as to benefit the environment and all of the people dependent on it.

3. To preserve the cultural heritage of the local people.

4. To practice environmentally-friendly policies, including a policy of non-interference with nature (considering the past devastation wreaked by culling, burning, and fencing of the Savannah).

5. To conduct Environmental Impact Assessments, before embarking on any project.

6. To interfere with nature only to restore the status quo before man’s intervention (restoring biological diversity and reversing extirpation, by introduction of game which was previously present; prevention of man-made erosion; removal of exotic plants; restoration of seep lines.) The more natural the system, the better it works (ask your ranger to explain the interdependent relationship between knobthorn trees and giraffe, or the symbiotic relationship between fig trees and wasps!).

7. To live in harmony with nature and the planet’s natural evolutionary pace, minimizing our impact on the environment. To limit ourselves to the sustainable utilization of the earth’s resources, so as not to deplete or damage the resource, but only harvesting the yield, (e.g. fire-wood, water, fish, and game.) Waste should be classified according to degradable (which should be used for compost) and non-degradable (which should be recycled).

9. To coexist with and consider our fellow man (e.g. noise, trespassing and littering can cause serious disturbance to neighbours.)

10. To engender a spirit of cooperation, so that the objectives of Balule, in the expanding and smooth running of the reserve, are attained.