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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.


We try to keep the entire property botanically endemically indigenous as far as the “alien invader” plants allow, and have many magnificent

specimen trees of Acacia, Africana, Stinkwoods, Riverbush Willows, Kiepersols and many other smaller species of shrubs and plants.


































HORNBILL LODGE remains committed to reducing waste and our carbon footprint while maintaining the high level of service and comfort our guests know to expect. Through our continual efforts, and with YOUR help, we can continue to improve. We obviously are wild about nature and the outdoors and we are proud to be a company that participates in environmental conservation.


Why do we need to go green? There are many reasons driving the global push to "go green" and most have the

same incentive - CONSERVATION.





  • Majority of light bulbs are "energy smart  LED globes"

  • Day & night electric eyes and time switches for lodge and garden lighting.

  • Lights PLEASE turn them off when you leave the room.  75% of the energy in a hotel room is used when the bathroom lights are left on for more than 2 hours - mostly when it is unoccupied.


  • The rooms all have temperature control and can be set on warm and cold.

  • Air conditioner / Heater – Keep the thermostat on 23*c ONLY CHANGE THE MODE TO HEAT OR COOL. Lowering it by just one degree can reduce heating energy costs by about four percent. Use ceiling fans in the summer AND winter. By reversing the direction of the blades, warm air is pushed down, helping to keep rooms warm in winter.

  • We started replacing older televisions with more energy efficient flat-screen TV’s DSTV there are nineteen channels available, if it says scrambled it is not available. Should you require any assistance please contact reception.

  • Shower heads that conserve water.

  • Water efficient toilets using only 1L per flush

  • Use as many refillable consumables as possible

  • Recycle worn bath towels and linens converting them in to cleaning rags

  • Donating used cooking oil to a bio fuel co-operative.

  • Use of environmentally friendly products

  • Recycling paper in our business office.

  • We are currently installing extra clothes lines to REDUCE the amount of dryers we need


Biobox  supplied and installed our Sewage Treatment Plant to receive and treat the wastewater generated from this facility. The wastewater then get recycled and irrigated to the green spaces surrounding the facility. There is no wastage of water at all.

By recovering, treating and recycling our waste water, we protect our environment. For example, the quality of the groundwater, including the groundwater that we depend on if our water supply comes from a borehole. More and more, local authorities are prohibiting the use of septic tanks, because of the inevitable risks of groundwater pollution. Once polluted, groundwater requires a similar level of treatment as does surface water.

Solar Geysers

We've installed SunTank solar geysers on the roof of the Lodge, restaurant and Cottage. SunTank assumes the leadership role in ensuring the rights of South Africans to benefit from the country's renewable energy sources, and in particularly solar energy that is so abundant in our land. Our Solar Geysers: Please note that ALL geysers are solar and only uses electricity when there is no sun, Hornbill lodge water supply is from a borehole and gets tested on a regular basis like any other water supply. We make use of a low pressure water system and therefore it takes a moment before your water becomes hot, all geysers are set at 60 degrees and therefore will not be boiling hot. The timers are set to provide hot water between 8.00 and 10 .00 am and 17.00 and 19.00 in the evening. We can however manually turn on the thermostat, should this be required please speak to Cobie 082 900 7107.





We appreciate your assistance in helping us deliver a Green footprint.




Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, BUT some can last up to 30min - 8 hours in Magaliesburg. The lights will go out, and all electrically powered equipment, incl. the WATER PUMP, will cease to operate.  When the power does fail and the lights go out leaving you in pitch black darkness, do not jump up immediately to find your flash lights. Take a minute or two to let your eyes adjust to the darkness before moving. You'll be surprised how much better you can see and you won't be as likely to hurt yourself by walking into a table, wall, door, etc. People with disabilities or others requiring assistance please phone

082 900 7107

Reducing our carbon footprint is an iterative process; as conditions change, we will add improvements as we can and maintain the excellent level of service for you, our guest, which we can be proud of.  We thank you for your help and participation in these efforts.


In the event of a power failure you will find candles and matches in the cupboard in your room. DO NOT leave candles unattended.

Candle Safety Rules



  • Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.


  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Place candles away from drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.


  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.


  • Keep burning candles away from drafts & air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting.


  • Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.


  • Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container.


  • Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is liquid.


 PLEASE MAKE SURE candles are completely extinguished and the wick is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

There are many reasons driving the global push to "go green" and most have the same incentive - conservation.
HORNBILL LODGE remains committed to reducing waste and our carbon footprint while maintaining the high level of service and comfort our guests know to expect.
Hornbill Lodge solar geysers.
Hornbill Lodge Going Green by installing Solar Geysers.
The Hornbill Lodge Sewage Treatment Plant - WE ARE GOING GREEN!!!!
Hornbill Lodge's Sewage Treatment Plant - There is no wastage of water at all.
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