Name of the facilityKichwa Tembo
Certification AchievedSilver
Year opened1982
Tourism regionMasai Mara/South Rift
AddressP.O. Box 74957
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Telephone/Mobile+254 73 686 1804
Email[email protected]
Facility NotesKichwa Tembo Tented Camp located in Oloololo Group Ranch adjscent to Masai Mara Game Reserve. The facility is situated in a 954.9 hectare piece of land for the camp plus 24.26 hectares of a private concession on a 15 years lease period. The camp which is operated by &Beyond Limited consists of 40 tents with a total bed capacity of 80 guests. It is open all year round with a total number of 90 employees for its operations.
The camp is situated along the banks of the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment. The riverine forest system along the river provides refuge for birds and mammal species. The common blue monkey and rare red-tail monkey can be found feeding on fruits in the forest canopy with a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Energy managementKichwa Tembo is mainly powered by two (2) generators with an output of 300 and 330 KvA. Power is rationed for at least six hours daily. Power is metered for monitoring purposes.
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used for guest cooking. Energy efficient stoves are used in the staff kitchen. Water heating is done through energy efficient boilers which supply part of the facility while the rest is serviced through solar water heaters.
To conserve on energy, low wattage energy saving bulbs are fixed throughout the premises and switches easily accessible in all the rooms to conserve power. The staff is also sensitized/briefed during departmental meetings and monthly environmental days.
Environmental managementKichwa Tembo is guided by the mother company -&beyond Company which has an elaborate environmental policy that stipulates on care for the land, care for wildlife and care for the people.
The camp has undertaken its annual environmental audit in compliance with EMCA 1999 (Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act.) the latest was conducted in October 2015.
Chemical useThe camp uses biodegradable bathroom amenities from Cinnabar Green within the guest rooms. Swimming pool chemicals are supplied by Henkel Limited while laundry chemicals are supplied by Diversy Limited. All chemicals are accompanied by Material Safety Data Sheets. (MSDS).
Fuel (diesel) is stored in 20,000 litre underground tank while petrol is stored in a 10,000 liter tank. They are fixed with fueling pumps. Precautionary signage properly fixed for safety purposes
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste managementSolid waste is separated at source (plastics, organic, glass, tins). The waste is later put in a waste collection center for further sorting before final disposal via -&Beyond Head Office to recycling companies in Nairobi. Organic waste is composted within the facility. The compost pit is properly covered to keep off scavengers. Medical waste is managed via safety boxes by the nurse, stored and taken to &Beyond Head Office Nairobi awaiting incineration.
To reduce on plastic waste, the camp has installed a water purifying machine and serves water in refillable glass bottles which are refilled from the dispensers. The facility also uses rechargeable torches for its guest tents thus reducing on battery waste. Used oil is given to locals for domestic timber use
Water managementKichwa Tembo Camp obtains it water from a borehole within the camp. The water is pumped into reserve tanks with a total capacity of 40,000 liters fitted with automatic float switches to control water overflow and avoid spillage. The water is also metered at source.
The guest rooms are fitted with water efficient shower filter heads and dual flush toilet cisterns. The guests also encouraged to re-use bathing towels to enhance water conservation. The laundry machines are only run at their optimum weight aimed at reduced energy consumption and enhancing water efficiency
The management enhances staff sensitization in water use during departmental meetings and on their monthly environmental days.
Visitor communication & educationThe guests are briefed upon arrival and during game drives by the rangers and are supplied with information materials including: birds and animals’ checklist, orientation booklet).
The guest rooms are also supplied with room information folders containing information about the camp operations and values, Masai Mara ecosystem, the local Masai community and environmental conservation initiatives
PollutionThe generator room is sound proofed and fitted with a muffler, aimed at containing the noise pollution. The camp is also fitted with low wattage bulbs on the pathways to minimize on light pollution at night.
Environmental conservationThe facility is built on low environmental impact. It is architecturally designed to blend in with the surrounding environment with minimal vegetation disturbance.
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp conserves the existing riverine forest through an active tree planting program that involves both guests and staff. So far, 6000 indigenous seedlings have been planted with 90% success rate. In addition, the camp has built gabions along the banks of the Sabaringo River.
The facility also assists Mara Conservancy in wildlife monitoring such as identifying animal snares, research, elephant anti-poaching awareness. The camp’s rangers and guides are involved in these activities. Furthermore, the Camp holds monthly environmental cleanup days.
Waste water managementGrey water from the kitchen flows through a grease trap and drains into a soak pit. Grey and black effluent from the staff quarters, laundry and public areas is managed through Bio-digester treatment system which consists of seven (7) tanks connected to access manholes. The system ensures the waste water is treated for recycling and re-use.
The facility has a swimming pool which is cleaned via vacuum cleaning and backwash systems and water pumped back to the pool. PH and chlorine levels are checked daily through a test kit. Backwash is done depending on guest occupancy.
Water effluent tests have been conducted in compliance with Environmental Management Co-ordination (Water Quality) Regulations of 2006 and the camp issued with an effluent discharge license.
Purchasing and suppliesThe facility purchases its dry goods such as rice, sugar and flour in bulk to reduce on packaging waste. Vegetables are packed in re-usable crates whereas meat is stored in freezers.
Employment and remuneration/staff welfareThe facility has a staff welfare committee that meets regularly to deal with staff issues with the management
Staff education, communication and awareness trainingThe camp holds daily briefing meetings at departmental levels and monthly environmental days for staff communication and education. Environmental information is also displayed on the staff notice boards.The staff is engaged in practical initiatives such as tree planting activities.
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sitesThe facility has contracted a group of Masai warriors who perform cultural dances on scheduled days. Locals also sell their curios directly to the guests.
Benefits to local community/community empowermentApproximately 50% of the staff at Kichwa Tembo Camp is from the local Masaai community. Priority for casual labor is also given to the local community. Where possible, the camp also purchases products locally e.g. local masai honey, organic vegetables from women and staff meat.
The camp also provides health care services to the local community. The clinic at the camp is open to locals for medical attendance and the camp provides transport for the community during emergencies. The clinical officer spearheads health programs on healthy/positive living to the local community and local primary schools where &Beyond company conducts health de-worming activities to the pupils.
In partnership with Africa Foundation, &Beyond supports the local communities adjacent to the camps namely Emurutoto, Olmotonyi, Olopikidongo’e, Saparingo, Iltolish, Enkereri and Enkutoto. Support is provided through;
 Construction of 40 beehives for two women groups i.e. Enkutoto, Naretisho, Emayian and Engereri groups. Each beehive was constructed at an approximate cost of Ksh 2000. The camp then purchases the honey produced. For the past three months, the camp has purchased honey worth Ksh. 300,000 from the community.
 Supplying water to Emurutoto primary school from the Kawai water pan which was constructed with support from the camp
 There is an on-going project for the construction of Saparingo teachers ablution and administration block
 Bursary fund for needy children in the above named communities. Approximately US$20,000 has been utilized for bursaries
The facility also runs an organized community village visit program to the neighboring villages. Each guest pays $40 which is directly paid to the community
Cultural Criteria
Health and safetyKichwa Tembo Camp has undergone Health Inspection and issued with a Health Inspection Certificate. Medical checkup has also been conducted for food and beverage handlers in compliance with Food, Drugs, and Chemical substances Act. Cap 254.
The facility has a full-time clinical officer on duty and a well-stocked dispensary (oxygen cylinders, medicine etc) that caters for the staff, guests and the local community. (Medical care for the local community is scheduled; however, all emergencies are attended to). A trained emergency team, headed by the clinical officer is also available and 50% of the staff is trained on firefighting skills. The camp is subscribed to Amref Flying Doctors services for emergency evacuation of its visitors.
The game rangers/guides are trained in first aid and the game drive vehicles are equipped with first aid kits. In addition, information folders are provided in the guest rooms and include emergency and safety procedures and contacts. Information is also pinned on notice boards.
The gas storage area is well secured, and safety signage fixed while the swimming pool is well-marked and precautionary signage mounted for safety purposes.
The staff is issued with PPE (Personal protective equipment).
Firefighting equipment e.g. fire extinguishers, fire blankets, hose drills are serviced and strategically placed within the facility. The facility also conducts regular risk assessments to monitor the safety preparedness of the camp.
Child labor, abuse and human rightsThe facility does not employ any person below the legal working age of 18 years
Business Practises Criteria
Entry Date12th March 2018

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