Sustainable Tourism Policy

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Nature is the inevitable source and power that drives our purpose of tourism. We take onus of our responsibility to balance the impact of our presence in the wilderness, and allow nature to present its authentic self to you every time, you visit us.


At the heart of Pugdundee’s sustainability vision is not only the commitment to reduce our impact on the shared environment, but also to contribute towards a positive change. We believe in encouraging avenues for economic well-being for the host communities that we co-exist with, and charming our guests with authentic, holistic experiences.

Last year, in 2020 Pugdundee evaluated its eco-tourism approach using the international sustainability criteria for hotels, provided by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. This resulted in new possibilities of further deepening our sustainability operations and local supply chain.

In doing so, we realigned our commitments and positioned active governance as the lever to manage our actions, monitor performance, and sustain the changes; in collaboration with our guests, tourism bodies and industry networks.

Figure: Our sustainable tourism approach is to manage the environmental, social and governance requirements;
focussed on 9Cs or 9 focus areas for action.

Environmental Impact

Carbon neutrality for our lodges by 2025.

Social Impact

Be gender inclusive in equipping skills of local employees for greater responsibilities at the lodges; and also developing local supply chains for procurement needs.


Engage in long term initiatives and measure performances, to ensure ongoing advancement.

The Journey So Far


  • Zero single use plastic as our guest experience, achieved at 5 of our lodges.
  • Lodges present vernacular architecture styles, tastefully built with emphasis on local and green architecture.
  • Lodge premises are re-wilded with native species extending into natural forests, offering safe passage to visiting wildlife and a natural habitat to many other species.


  • Above 70% of our team is comprised of locals who are also in managerial positions.
  • For over five years we continue to be actively engaged in contributing to education and infrastructure of the local schools.
  • Adopting farm to table initiatives by serving fresh food produce grown in our organic kitchen gardens. Also sourced from local farmers, thereby reducing our carbon miles.
  • Above 70% of lodge services and procurement needs are met locally.


  • Pugdundee lodges are periodically audited and certified by TOFT, using the Global Sustainable Tourism criteria.
  • Pugdundee managers and staff participate in regular sustainability trainings. Lodge managers and senior management are accountable for sustainability related changes and reporting.

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