Mara Intrepids Camp

Name of the facilityMara Intrepids Camp
Certification AchievedBronze
Year opened1990
Tourism regionMasai Mara/South Rift
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Telephone/Mobile+254 722 205 894
Email[email protected]
Facility NotesMara Intrepids Camp is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve which covers approximately 1,510 km2 under the management of Narok County. The camp is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, Latitude -1.414426 || Longitude35.11046 .It was opened in 1986. It has thirty (30) guest tents with a bed capacity of 60 visitors and a total work force of 60 employees.
The Reserve is located in the northern portion of the Mara Serengeti eco-system, which covers 25,000 km2 straddling the Tanzania and Kenya international border. The Reserve has about 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds recorded. It is famous for hosting the wildebeest migration, which is dubbed as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’. The Mara is also home to the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros).
Energy managementMara Intrepids Camp has diesel run generators as the main source of energy. There are two (2) generators each with an output of 100 KvA (illustrated below) which provide power for lighting, and running refrigerants. The generators are rationed for at least ten hours daily. In addition, generator fuel consumption is documented on a daily basis to monitor usage. Water heating is done through the use of kuni-boilers (illustrated below). The camp has fifteen (15) boilers that run on charcoal briquettes. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used for cooking both at the guests and staff quarters.
Energy saving LED and energy saving bulbs are fitted for lighting throughout the camp. Also, solar rechargeable torches are used in the guest tents. Guests and staff are briefed on energy conservation and efficiency through meetings, memos, posters and guests’ briefing on arrival respectively. Main switches are easily accessible at the guest (fixed at the tent entrance) to conserve energy.
Environmental management– Mara Intrepids Camp is guided by the parent company –Heritage Hotels – environmental policy. The policy commits on;
 promoting responsible tourism,
 environmental conservation
 Sustainable practices.
The camp has a resource use (fuel, water, energy, and waste) monitoring system called ‘Dashboard’ with set targets. The records are analysed based on bed occupancy. The camp undertakes annual self-Environmental Audit (EA) as required by EMCA 1999 (Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act.) Dated March 2017.
Chemical useThe facility uses biodegradable cleaning products for guests’ bathroom amenities. Fuel (diesel & petrol) is stored in underground tanks with a capacity of 9,200 litres diesel and 4,200 petrol – fixed with a fuelling pump. The storage area is well contained and secured to prevent spillage
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste managementWaste separation is conducted at source and later put at the waste holding section. Organic waste is managed through a four chambered compost pit which is well enclosed to keep off scavengers. The manure is later used in the camp garden .Plastic, glass and metallic waste is collected by Road star-a licensed company-and disposed via Heritage Hotels to recycling companies in Nairobi.
Water managementThe main source of water for the camp is a borehole located within the premises. The water is pumped and collected in reservoirs with a capacity of 64,000 before pumping into an overhead tank of 27,000 liters for supply via gravity to the entire facility. The tanks have a float switch to prevent overflows. The guest tents bathrooms have low shower filter heads and lift taps. The water is metered at the extraction point and sub meters installed in key areas. Recording is done on a regular basis for monitoring purposes. Guests are sensitized on water conservation efforts upon arrival and through tent information folders. There are also “towel talk” signs in the guest tents encouraging guests to re-use their towels to reduce on water usage
Visitor communication & educationGuests are briefed upon arrival on the values of the camp, camp operations and the Masai Mara National Reserve. The facility also holds guests evening talks on conservation and biodiversity. Booklets and room information folders are available at the guest tents, with information about Mara Intrepids camp, local Masai culture, Masai Mara National Reserve and wildlife/travel magazines to raise visitors’ awareness.
PollutionThe path-lights are lit by low wattage bulbs fixed with a cover to reduce on light pollution. The kitchen is fitted with a hood for ventilation purposes
Environmental conservationMara Intrepids has a tree planting initiative for guests and staff aimed at promoting environmental conservation. Since 2014, approximately 1500 indigenous seedlings were planted. The facility guides assist the park rangers in wildlife monitoring (e.g. lions, cheetahs and orphaned cubs) and report on any incidences to the park management. The camp promotes guest awareness on conservation issues thorough daily organized slide shows on Masai Mara reserve, wildlife and Masai culture. The facility operates a Kids Adventurers’ Club and Young Rangers Club which involves young guests in conservation and education activities to create awareness and enrich their safari experience. The facility conducts low environmental impact activities such as nature walks, bird watching and offers authentic village visits. The activities are aimed at sensitizing the visitors on the surrounding environment.
Waste water managementMara Intrepids has a wetland system for waste water management. Effluent water from the kitchen, guest rooms, staff quarters and laundry is managed through – 25 septic tanks for sludge sedimentation. The effluent later drains to the wetlands system. The system comprises of nine chambered lagoons where waste water goes through a natural treatment process before draining into a reed bed and back to Talek River. 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. Backwash is done once a week depending on guest occupancy. In compliance with Environmental Management Co-ordination (Water Quality) regulations of 2006, the facility has applied for an effluent discharge
Purchasing and suppliesThe facility purchases its products in bulk to reduce on packaging; fruits and vegetables are packed in re-usable crates.
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 weekly departmental meetings and daily briefs are held for staff sensitization. The facility has notice boards fixed for staff communication and sensitization
Benefits to local community/community empowermentMara Intrepids Camp runs various CSR programs through its mother company-Heritage Hotels-aimed at supporting the local community and improving their livelihood. These programs include education, health and environmental conservation. Some of the initiatives include;
• The camp purchases from the locals where possible. Products such as meat for staff, is obtained locally at Talek center. Approximately 75% of the staff is from the local Masai community.
• The facility is the only one in the whole region with anti-venom, which they assist the local community in treating snake bites.
• The camp, with assistance from other camp/lodge managers in the region, organizes environmental clean-up exercises within Talek town.
• The facility has donated several waste bins to local villages.
• The camp has an established internship program for locals, which has an intake at least every six (6) months.
• The facility through guest contributions supports Loigero primary school through donations such as text books, shoes, stationery and sports equipment.
• In 2016, the facility donated 120 beds and bedding to the local Loigero school
• The facility clinic caters for the local community’s medical care. The camp also provides transport for the community during emergencies such as medical referrals.
• On weekly basis the camp purchases a goat from the local community
Cultural Criteria
Health and safetyThe Camp has a health and safety policy committed to compliance with relevant health and safety regulations, client safety and safe working conditions for employees. The camp has a core team of staff trained in Occupational Health and Safety as required by Legal Notice No 31 of 2004.There is a clinic within the camp and a full time clinical officer to attend to staff and guests medical issues. In addition, the facility is subscribed to AMREF Flying doctors for Emergency services. The camp provides a medical cover for staff.Medical check-ups have been conducted for food and beverage handlers – to ascertain their health fitness in compliance with Food, Drugs, and Chemical substances Act. Cap 254The camp has a team of staff trained on first aid and fire-fighting skills. First aid kits are available at the camp clinic, vehicles and kitchen. Guest tents are provided with torches for emergency response. There are folders for guests with information on safety while at the facility, evacuation procedures and emergency contacts. (Emergency contacts as pinned on notice board). The swimming pool is well-marked and precautionary signage mounted for safety purposes. Fire assembly points are properly marked and displayed within the camp. (Fire assembly point marked). The camp provides PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as overall, gloves and boots to the staff. Firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets are serviced and located in strategic locations throughout the facility. (Firefighting equipment).
Child labor, abuse and human rightsThe facility does not employ under age people
Business Practises Criteria
Entry Date12th March 2018

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