Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes or heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates.
Here, at Chrislin African Lodge, we aim to keep things as local and ec0-friendly as possible. We use Transkei grass to thatch the mud huts. It is quite incredible to watch the thatchers compact layer upon layer, in bundles, with such agility and speed (and balance!).