Name of the facilityGovernors Camp
Certification AchievedSilver
Year opened1972
Tourism regionMasai Mara/South Rift
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Telephone/Mobile+254 273 4000-5
Email[email protected]
Facility NotesGovernors Camp is located inside the Masai Mara National Reserve. The camp is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, latitude 36M 0726778 and longitude UTM 9856360 in the Masai Mara plains. It has 37 guest tents with a bed capacity of 40 visitors and a total work force of 200 employees. The facility is built on low environmental footprint and it is unfenced which allows wildlife to wander freely within the facility.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros). The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe. The large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders. The climate of the region is mainly warm and dry; with hot days and cool evenings.
Energy managementGovernors Camp is powered by diesel generators as the main source of power. The generators are used for lighting and running refrigerators. Generators’ fuel consumption and running hours are keenly monitored through recording for energy conservation. The camp uses Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking both to guests and staff. It has 40 kuni boilers used for water heating at staff and guest areas. The boilers are run by use of charcoal briquettes obtained from Muhoroni Sugar Company. Energy saving bulbs and light emitting diodes are installed throughout the facility to conserve energy. Sustainably obtained dead wood from a supplier in Aitong is used for lighting the camp fire. Guests are briefed on energy conservation on arrival and through information folders in the guest tents while staff is sensitized through staff meetings and departmental briefings
Environmental managementGovernors Camp has a working or piece-meal environmental policy with emphasis on environmental conservation, protection and well-being of the local community. The camp has an environmental management plan with monitoring action plans in water and energy.
Chemical useThe facility purchases its LPG gas in bulk packaged and distributed by Total Kenya. The storage area is fenced and fixed with precautionary signage. Fuel (Diesel and petrol) is stored underground tanks. Diesel is contained in (2) two tanks of approximately 13,000 litres, whereas Petrol is stored in a 9,000 litre tank. Paraffin is contained in a 4,000 litre tank. Fuelling pumps have been fixed respectively. Ecolab chemicals are used for washing in the laundry section. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the chemicals are available at the chemical dispatch office. The facility uses biodegradable bathroom amenities in the guest tents.
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste managementWaste separation at the facility is conducted at source and later put in larger waste collection section for disposal via Governors Head office to recycling industries/companies in Nairobi. Organic waste is composted within the facility. The compost pit is caged and properly covered to keep off wildlife scavenging.
Water managementThe main source of water for Governors Camp is drawn from three (3) wells and a borehole; the water is pumped and stored in four (4) reservoir tanks with an average capacity of 64,000 litres. It is treated through sedimentation and chlorination before supply to all consumer points. The water is metered and the facility has a water permit for the well. A rapid repairs and maintenance team is available to ensure water plumbing issues are repaired on time. The camp has “towel talks” in the guest tents encouraging visitors on the re-use of towels, to promote water conservation. Low shower filter heads are fixed in the camp guest tents for water use efficiency.
Visitor communication & educationBooklets and room information folders are available at the restaurant section and guest tents respectively. Visitors are briefed upon arrival on the camp’s operations, and environmental values.
PollutionThe facility generators are insulated and fixed with sound reducing devices (muffler system). An oil interceptor has been installed at the generator and car wash sections to contain any leakages and spillage.
Environmental conservationGovernors Camp is built on low environmental footprint. The guest tents are semi-permanent made of beige canvas tents and erected on wooden platforms. The facility is unfenced which allows wildlife to wander freely. The natural vegetation is relatively undisturbed with sand put on the pathways to demarcate the way. The camp supports the Mara Predator Project, a conservation initiative working to monitor lions’ ecology and behaviour. The camp also supports Mara-Meru cheetah project, a research program aimed at identification of behavioural adaptations and assessment of impact of social structure on reproductive success and survival of the cheetah in the protected areas under human influence. In addition, it has fixed several signage within its premises warning visitors against wildlife baiting
Waste water managementGrey water from the guest kitchen is managed through a two compartment grease trap to filter fats and oils before draining into a soak pit system. Grey waste water for the staff quarters, guest tents and public areas is managed through soak pits. Black effluent from the guest tents and public areas is managed through septic tanks. EM1, (Effective Micro-organism) is added into the septic tanks to facilitate sludge digestion. Black water from the staff quarters is managed through a pit latrine.
Purchasing and suppliesPurchases for the facility are done centrally and bought in bulk to reduce on packaging while guest food is bought on demand.
Employment and remuneration/staff welfareEmployees have a staff committee which meets on monthly basis. It is ascribed to the workers union and, handles and addresses staff issues
Staff education, communication and awareness trainingThe camp has notice boards for staff communication within the facility. The staff is sensitized and briefed during departmental meetings
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sitesThe facility offers local villages visit. The visitors are sensitized on the local culture, engage in cultural dances, talks and sports activities such as arrows and spears throwing. Each visitor is charged 25 USD and issued with a receipt which they provide at the villages. The monies are later paid directly to the local people who have established village accounts each with four (4) signatories. The guest tents have elaborate information folders with information on Governors camp activities and community initiatives, wildlife information materials, mammals and birdlife list. The facility has a Naturalist who gives talks on environmental conservation, and local Masai culture.
Benefits to local community/community empowermentGovernor’s Camp purchases from the locals where feasible e.g. milk and meat for staff meals is obtained from the locals. Supplies include vegetables and sustainably obtained fuel-wood. Formal agreements are signed in meat and fuelwood supply. About 80% of the employees are from the local from the local Aitong and Mara Rianta area. The employees were sought from the local community and trained on hospitality skills. The facility operates a curio shop with additional curios and beads obtained from local vendors around Mara Rianta. Through Governors Camps Collection CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), Governors Camp has established educational and health initiatives set under Mara Rianta Charitable Trust. It also supports the maintenance of the road network within the Musiara areas and supplies water to Musiara Gate Rangers. Staff welfare benefits include; service charges, health care, uniform, food, accommodation, and transport. The staff is paid a wage above the minimum government requirements.
Cultural Criteria
Health and safetyMedical check-up has been conducted for food and beverage handlers at the facility. A team of staff is well trained on first aid –training (in-house training conducted by the nurse). Further, fully replenished first aid kits are well supplied in each department. Precautionary and safety signage such as ‘Hatari’ ‘highly flammable’ are strategically fixed at relevant places such as the fuel and gas storage areas. The camp has undergone Health Inspection and issued with a Health Inspection Certificate. It has a clinic within the premises and a 24 hours doctor on duty to attend to the staff and guests. The clinic is well equipped with medical equipment including, emergency nebulizers, defibrillators, and artificial oxygen. Emergency contacts and documented procedures are strategically put at the manager’s office safety preparedness at the camp.
Firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets are strategically located and serviced. Sand buckets are also availed to boost firefighting equipment. A fire assembly point is properly marked and displayed within the facility and a fire alarm is also available. The facility has conducted a comprehensive health and safety audit and certificate of registration of work place obtained. The camp has conducted a Fire safety audit and it provides PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as overall, gloves and boots to the repairs and maintenance staff.
Business Practises Criteria
Entry Date9th March 2018

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