Madikwe has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the
world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and
sustainable land use for an area.
It further represents an extension to this philosophy in that it is run as a
joint venture between the state, the private sector and local communities. The
aim being, to wherever possible, involve the local community in wealth creation
through tourism, skills and training and to involve the local communities
directly in the benefits of wildlife tourism and the protection of the natural
In line with this philosophy, Tau's owner Robert Gerard, set up the Tau
Foundation to fund the community project and encouraged his overseas business
visitors to contribute and make donations towards this non profit organisation.
Since it's inception The Tau Foundation, driven by Tau's director Clifford
Green, has implemented a number of impressive projects in the local Supingstad
community and we are proud of what the Tau Foundation has achieved so far. The
social responsibility programme is delivering tangible results at the various
local schools. This includes the fencing and safe keeping of the school
properties and upgrading of the school sports fields and play grounds.
The renovation of school buildings and facilities, setting up of vegetable
gardens, computer rooms, creating a Borehole and installing guttering and water
tanks and toilets with running water at the high school.
Guests visiting the lodge are offered the opportunity to visit the Supingstad
schools, the local leather factory, some traditional historical sites or they
can contribute to the soup kitchen which Tau arranges at the schools.
The Tau foundation has also granted University sponsorships to students with
academic potential and stimulates their performing arts by employing the high
school pupils as a singer-dance group.
This Tswana Traditional group "Ditshepe tse di Tshetlana" was formed by Sacky
Suping in January 2004 and includes members from the nearby Supingstad village
and traditional wedding and harvest songs are incorporated in their
Our guests play a critical role in supporting the Tau foundation by integrating
local and international travellers and rural people to their mutual benefit.