Great Migration experience with the Maasai, Kenya

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Great Migration experience with the Maasai, Kenya

Environment

All plastic is collected and transported for off-site recycling. Bio-degradable waste is converted to compost for our vegetable garden. We are 1 of only 3 gold eco rated camps in the whole of Kenya as such we conform to a very high eco standard. We run on solar power with a backup generator for those times of no sunlight, & a booster system for water heating fuelled by eco briquettes made from waste, we use energy saving bulbs, recycle our waste, organic on site in a series of composting pits, plastic & tins are sent back to Nairobi for recycling, we have eco composting toilets whereby the liquid waste & all waste water is collected then used in our tree plantation Our travelers are in the vehicles under the guidance of our driver guides who keep them a safe distance from the wildlife, when walking they are thoroughly briefed on all aspects of the activity, behaviour to adopt & safety We grow some of our own vegetables & herbs and source some at the local market but items like meat come from Nairobi due to the health standards required. Guests are able to choose to sponsor students & our foundation supports the guiding school through bursaries. We encourage guests to leave a positive footprint and reduce your carbon footprint by planting a tree in our tree plantation. Support one of our wildlife conservation projects. Over 95% of camp staff are from the local Maasai community therefore your vacation empowers and enriches the community within which we operate our camps. Fair-trade: we promote women groups from the local community in developing and retailing exquisite beaded and leather merchandise. Purchase a product from our gift shops and receive a personalised message from the woman who designed the merchandise. We promote empowerment and awareness through scholarships in local schools and the Koiyaki Guiding School (the only guiding school in Mara). The local community receive income from tourism activities in the Mara Talek and Mara Naboisho Conservancies.

Community

Over 95% of camp staff are from the local Maasai community therefore your vacation empowers and enriches the community within which we operate our camps. The local community receive income from tourism activities in the Mara Talek and Mara Naboisho Conservancies. Fair-trade: our promotes women groups from the local community in developing and retailing exquisite beaded and leather merchandise. Purchase a product from our gift shops and receive a personalized message from the woman who designed the merchandise. We promote empowerment and awareness through scholarships in local schools and the Koiyaki Guiding School (the only guiding school in Mara). Our long history of close co-operation with the Maasai community distinguishes us from other tourism operators in Masai Mara. Our mutual bond climaxed in 2010 when we successfully established the community owned nature conservancy (Naboisho Conservancy), named after the Maa expression of ‘coming together’, chosen by the Maasai to epitomize how the Maasai community came together to face the alarming issue of decreasing land. By establishing a community owned nature conservancy, we provided the Maasai with an alternative to selling their land to outsiders and helped protect vital wildlife territory.

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