Mission Statement

Dear Valued Sani Lodge Guest

Simone and Russell Suchet wish to heartily thank each guest who chooses to stay with us and engage in any of the following;

  • help us to conserve our natural environment via correct waste management by dividing refuse into separate bins, switch off lights/heaters not in use to conserve electrical energy
  • enjoy the indigenous gardens that conserve water use and biodiversity plus have no chemicals used; only our own natural organic compost and attract beautiful sunbirds and butterflies
  • support the Crafts shop stocking Fair Trade/proudly local South African made products/ entrepreneurs trying to make an honest living using their skill
  • not smoking anywhere but in designated place allocated
  • volunteer to teach English
  • becomes directly involved in Community and social investment through joining a grass-roots tourism tour into Lesotho that sustainably benefits each Basotho stakeholder service provider and offer employment to tour guides.

Your presence here at Sani Lodge Backpackers means that you are supporting a Responsible Travel Destination which is committed to Fair Trade in Tourism’s principles of

Fair Share – all of our staff , tour guides, tourism stakeholders in Lesotho are rewarded with a fair share of the income from your accommodation stay, meals and tours

Democracy – all of our staff, tour guides, Lesotho tourism stakeholders have the right and opportunity to participate in decisions that concern them via regular meetings

Respect – this ensures that both us as host and guests should have respect for human rights and the natural environment as well as cultural sensitivity via positive engagement and appropriate conduct on our Lesotho tours, Zulu visits , rock are walks and school volunteering.

Reliability – offering reliable and consistent services of high quality standards for welcoming guests,accommodation, food and tours

Transparency- our staff are thoroughly interviewed at each Fair Trade audit by FT assessors to ascertain their level of happiness in our employ. At our last audit, the assessors relayed that they had never been to a place where each staff member was so happy in their job and that they were well paid. Staff are kept up to date on all business policies and remuneration including salary raises and annual year end bonuses is based on staff assessments . The tour price for each guest is shared transparently and equitably amongst all stakeholders offering services and including guides.

Sustainability – our networking in Lesotho has been designed to promote sustainable self-employed livelihoods enabled through responsible tourism and use of existing resources, therein protecting the environment and cultural identity. All our staff were previously unemployed and once recruited , trained to fulfil tasks within different sections of the Lodge. Job promotion is internal. We support Fair Trade products and crafts made by single entrepreneurs or groups of women and always give preference to local procurement and South African made products.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing to stay with us as leaders in the field of Responsible Tourism. The more people who know about what this means, the more people will have the knowledge to be discerning about where and how they choose to spend their holidays and to whom and how their money is distributed so that more people at grassroots level will benefit. We are firm believers that Responsible Tourism can alleviate poverty through job creation. We have proved this through the tours we offer in Lesotho where our partners are independent beneficiaries taking great pride in their culture, via visible and significant Community upliftment through our volunteering / literacy programme and our rock art walk fees contribution to the Khomani San people .The result is a loyal, happy and long standing team of skilled employees who take great pride in their own culture and beautiful country and love to share this with guests.

‘Sala Kahle ‘! ( ‘stay well’ in isiZulu)
Russell, Simone, Scholar, Mirriam, Mbali, Jennett, Thembeka, Khanyi, Thobile, Nonhlanhla, Jabu, Ernest, Bellson


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Sani Lodge | Phone +27 (0)33 7020330 | Cell +27 (0)839873071 | Fax +27 (0)86 5147915
E Mail info@sanilodge.co.za

SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS DOES NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR RECEPTION. RECEPTION OPENING HOURS ARE 7AM TO 9PM. GUESTS PLANNING TO ARRIVE LATER THAN 9PM, WILL NEED TO MAKE SPECIAL PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.