Name of the facilityKitich Camp
Certification AchievedGold
Year opened2006
Tourism regionLaikipia/Samburu
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Telephone/Mobile+254 (0)20 3598871
Email[email protected]
Facility NotesKitich Camp is located in Namunyak Conservancy. The conservancy is one of the largest in Kenya and spans 349,000 hectares. The lush Matthews Ranges are located within Namunyak. The ranges are covered with indigenous forest, and a diversity of wildlife including rare plant species. Namunyak is abundant in populations of giraffe, gerenuk, leopard, African wild dog, impala lion, greater kudu and many bird species.
Energy managementKitich Camp primarily runs on solar power.
-The facility also uses wood fuel for heating water, camp fires and some of the cooking. This fuel is sourced from deadwood collected within the premises.
– The camp also has a backup generator with an output of 9.5 KVA Presently the generator his not in use as the solar power is sufficient for running the camp.
– The facility uses LPG gas for cooking the guest meals.
To minimize on energy use, the camp uses a charcoal fridge for storing fruits and vegetables
Environmental management– Environmental management is embedded in both the mission statement as well as the environmental policy of Kitich Camp.
– The environmental policy in particular emphasizes on dedication to the practice of sound environmental stewardship, prevention of pollution, application on local and international best practices and code of conduct promotion of health and safety of guests and employees as well as overall integration of all sustainability concerns in their business operations.
The facility has undertaken an Environmental Audit (EA) as required by EMCA 1999 (Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act.) Ref No. NEMA/EA/5/2/7978.
Chemical use– The facility uses biodegradable bathroom amenities from Cinnabar Green in the guest rooms.
– LPG is bought in 45kg and 13 kg cylinders. They are kept in well labeled and properly secured cages.
– Diesel is stored in secured 200 litre drums.
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste management– Waste is well separated from source.
– The facility also keeps an inventory (weight) of waste (types and quantity) generated for efforts aimed at waste monitoring at source and to create waste reduction targets.
– Organic waste is composted and reused in the facility’s kitchen garden.
– Other non-biodegradable waste is transported to Nairobi for disposal and recycling.
In an effort to reduce plastic waste, the camp provides guests with water in aluminium jugs in the room. The jugs are refilled from refillable 18.9 litre water bottles
Water managementMain source of water for the camp is the nearby Ngeng River. The water is pumped to the facility where it is treated through flocculation.
-The camp has installed a meter at the main outlet to monitor water abstraction from the river. Meter readings are taken whenever water is pumped into the camp.
– The camp uses bucket showers for the guests as well as staff that limit the amount of water used per shower to 20 litres.
-Guest rooms are fitted with pit toilets that do not require flushing. This has greatly contributed to water conservation at the camp.
-The guests are also sensitized on minimum water use using signage and “towel talks” in the rooms to promote reuse of towels and linen.
Visitor communication & education– Visitors are briefed upon arrival on the facility’s operations and environmental values.
– The guest rooms are be equipped with room information folders to brief the visitors on environmental conservation and operations of the resort as well as the activities, biodiversity and the local culture within the Samburu Region.
– The guests can participate in nature walks during their stay at the facility. In these walks, the guides educate the guests on the local flora and fauna within the Kitich Forest as well as speaking about the rich Samburu Culture.
– The camp has a resource centre for the guests, that is furnished with a variety of literature for recreational and educational reading.
PollutionThe maximization of solar energy at the camp has greatly curbed air pollution that could otherwise have stemmed from running a generator
Environmental conservationThrough charging a conservancy fee to their guests, the facility contributes to the conservation of wildlife and their critical habitats within the Namunyak Conservancy.
– The facility also pays bed night fees and lease fees to the local land owners who have leased their land to the conservancy.
– The facility has an ongoing tree planting within the premises. This initiative serves to repurpose waste, offset carbon emissions as well as create environmental awareness.
Through the Land and Life Foundation, the camp supported environmental education and conservation through the Wildlife Warrior Program with the local schools. Thrice a year the camp engages the local schools in environmental awareness education on issues such as waste management,value of the ecosystems etc.
Waste water management– Grey water from the kitchen flows through a grease trap then to a soak pit.
– Effluent from the laundry and showers is managed through soak pits.
The use of pit latrines within the camp has eliminated black water within the facility. The waste is treated using EM1 to facilitate digestion of organic matter
Purchasing and suppliesVegetables and fruits are packed in reusable crates while meat and dairy products are stored in freezers. Where possible dry goods are bought in bulk to reduce on the packaging
Employment and remuneration/staff welfare– Basic Staff benefits at the camp include food and uniform.
Staff education, communication and awareness trainingStaff have been trained on First Aid firefighting skills and use of firefighting equipment.
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites– Kitich Camp promotes the local culture the following ways.
 Various pieces of décor and tools have blended contemporary designs with the local culture
 There are also photographs of the staff members at Kitich in the dining area, dressed in the traditional regalia
Benefits to local community/community empowerment– The facility employs staff primarily from the local area. This is in an effort to empower the local community. Approximately 99% of the employees are locals.
– Kitich Camp also supports the local community in various aspects related to Education, enterprise and also donations. They include;
• Local purchases of rice, milk and sugar from the nearby Wamba Town.
• Through the Land and Life foundation, the facility has provided bursaries to children from the local Primary schools to pursue their secondary education through the Wildlife Warrior Scholarship Program. The camp has commitments to provide bursaries for the next 4 years to 6 children.
• The facility has made donations of food supplies to Ngelei Primary school through the support of land and life foundation.
• The facility also has a bee keeping project that is aimed at empowering the community through the provision of alternative income sources.
Cultural Criteria
Health and safety– The facility has an emergency procedure and emergency contacts in place included in the room information folder within the guest rooms.
– The facility has a well equipped first Aid box within the premises. All the vehicles are also equipped with first Aid kits.
– In case of emergencies, the facility is linked with AMREF for air evacuations. There is also a doctor on call from Ngelei dispensary to handle other medical needs.
– The staff have been trained on basic First aid. Last training was conducted in June 2016 by AMREF
The facility has undertaken a health and safety audit as well as a fire safety audit. The audits were conducted in February 2017
Child labor, abuse and human rightsThe management of Kitich Camp strictly adheres to the minimum legal working age of 18 years.
Business Practises Criteria
Entry Date16th March 2018

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