Sanctuary Ol Lentille

Name of the facilitySanctuary Ol Lentille
Certification AchievedSilver
Year opened2007
Tourism regionNorth Rift
AddressOl Lentille Conservancy
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Telephone/Mobile+254 706 975 760
Email[email protected]
Facility NotesSanctuary Ol Lentille is located in the community-owned Kijabe Group Ranch inh Ol Lentille Conservancy on the northern escarpment of Laikipia Plateau. The property was opened in 2007 and consists of four private, fully staffed two-bedroom houses with a total bed capacity of 16 and a total workforce of 65 employees. The lodge is opened all year round. The facility is designed to have low environmental footprint and blend with the surroundings. Gueswt cottages are evenly spread out and natural vegetation is relatively undisturbed.
Ol Lentille Conservancy is a 24,000 acre conservation area consisting of at least five community group ranches. It plays a critical role in Laikipia and the greater Ewaso Nyiro ecosystems, and is home to the African wild dog, grevy’s zebra, greater kudu, leopard, striped and spotted hyena, elephants, Burchell’s zebra, and klipspringer. Through the Ol Lentille Trust, the facility partners with Africa Wildlife Foundation in promoting sustainability within the conservancy in initiatives such as developing a planned community grazing program for the conservancy with the view of encouraging community conservation
Energy managementSanctuary Ol Lentille is mainly powered by solar, used for lighting and running electrical appliances. The lodge has sixteen (16) solar panels. In addition, the lodge has a back-up diesel-powered generator with an output of 36KvA. Power is metered to monitor energy consumption.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is used in the guest kitchen while the staff kitchen uses an energy efficient stove. Dead wood collected within the conservancy and facility is used.
Water heating for the lodge is conducted through eight (8) solar heaters for the guest cottages and three (3) kuni boilers, which are used within the staff quarters.
Energy saving bulbs and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are installed throughout for energy use efficiency. Staff is also sensitized on energy conservation through departmental briefings whereas visitors are sensitized on arrival briefings
Environmental managementSanctuary Ol Lentille has an environmental policy that promotes environmental awareness and is aimed towards complying with necessary environmental regulations, protecting the environment, reducing wastage and conserving resources-energy and water. The lodge has developed an elaborate Environmental management Plan with clear action points for resource use and management, which provides clear monitoring guidelines for continuous improvement.
An annual environmental audit is also done in compliance with Environmental (Impact Assessment and Audit) regulations, 2003.
Chemical useThe lodge uses biodegradable bathroom amenities in the guest rooms, supplied by Cinnabar Green.
Diesel is stored in a 10,000 liters underground tank fixed with a fuel pump whereas petrol is stored in 200 liter drums. The storage area is properly reinforced and bunded to contain any spillage. Fuel storage is well separated (jet fuel and petrol).
Chemical use for the swimming pool is well recorded for monitoring purposes. A test kit is also available.
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste managementWaste separation is conducted at source. The bins are colour coded for separation of the various types of solid waste i.e. biodegradable and non-biodegradable.
Plastics, metallic waste (tins), glass (waste bottles) are put in a waste holding area waiting disposal to recycling firms in Nanyuki. Organic waste is managed through a compost pit which is well secured from wildlife and scavengers.
Used oil is given to the local community for timber treatment
Water managementThe main source of water for the lodge is a rock catchment and a sand dam both located within the conservancy. Water is stored in a 100,000 liter reservoir and distributed to the premises via gravity. 90% of the water used within the entire premises is rain water, which is stored in tanks with a total capacity of 50,000 liters. The water is metered for monitoring purposes.
Regular maintenance and inspection of the plumbing system is conducted to rectify any possible leakages.
The guest rooms are fixed with low pressure shower heads to enhance water conservation. For efficient water use guests are encouraged to conserve water through ‘towel talks’ in the rooms.
Visitor communication & educationVisitors are briefed upon arrival on the lodge’s operations, environmental principles. Also provided is a visitors’ resource area and a library equipped with information materials including environmental publications, wildlife and travel magazines and nature conservation books/magazines
PollutionLighting within the facility is done through the use of low light emitting bulbs which reduce on light pollution.
Environmental conservationSanctuary Ol Lentille promotes environmental conservation through its architectural design, operations and activities. The lodge is built to have a low environmental footprint and designed to blend with the surroundings with the guest cottages evenly spread out and natural vegetation is relatively undisturbed. Pathways within the facility are aligned with sand and gravel to demarcate the way.
The facility is located within Ol Lentille Conservancy-a 24,000 acre conservation area consisting of at least five community group ranches. The conservancy plays a critical conservation role in Laikipia and the greater Ewaso Nyiro ecosystems. Supported by Ol Lentille Trust (OLT), the conservancy management employs at least twenty-one (21) rangers trained by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and British Army to conduct wildlife monitoring and security management of the conservancy. There is a conservancy management plan which guides its operations. Through Ol Lentille Trust, the facility partners with Africa Wildlife Foundation in promoting sustainability within the conservancy in initiatives such as developing a planned community grazing program for the conservancy with the view of encouraging community conservation.
The Lodge also encourages low impact activities such as camel rides, walking safaris and fly camping
Waste water managementSanctuary Ol Lentille has put in place an elaborate waste water management system to handle its effluent.
Effluent from the kitchen flows through a grease trap before draining into a soak pit, where a standard operating procedure has been put in place for its cleaning and maintenance. Grey water from the laundry, guest rooms and staff quarters is managed through soak-pits. The facility swimming pool is maintained through backwash and vacuum cleaning.
Black water within the guest area and staff quarters is managed through septic tanks; each guest cottage has its septic tank and the staff quarters area is served by a separate tank. A biological enzyme solution is added to enhance sludge digestion
Purchasing and suppliesThe lodge does bulk purchasing for its dry goods such as sugar, flour and rice hence reducing on packaging waste
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 lodge has notice boards for staff communication. Also, staff briefings are held at departmental level on daily basis for planning activities.
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sitesThe lodge management and staff engage guests on local cultural issues and topics with an aim to raise cultural awareness. When available, guests are taken to village ceremonial functions such as weddings, naming ceremonies, etc. for authentic experiences. The village visits are organized on demand and the proceeds go directly to a local women’s group and the local village.
Benefits to local community/community empowermentApproximately 80% of the permanent employees are from the local community. Additionally, all casual labor is sourced from the local community. Further, Sanctuary Ol Lentille lodge has a corporate responsibility (CSR) plan implemented through the Ol Lentille Trust (OLT). The Trust is registered and verifiable audited accounts are available.
The projects are centered on four main pillars; education, healthcare, water & sanitation and conservation. Below is a brief of some of the initiatives:
Healthcare: The Trust manages Kimanjo hospital. In 2014, an Electronic Medical Records System (EMRS) was implemented and the laboratory equipped. It has employed a community nurse, a clinical officer and a laboratory technician. In addition, monthly stipends are paid to 35 community health workers and 30 traditional birth attendants. Other programs supported by the Trust include the anti-FGM training program, HIV/AIDS program and school-feeding program.
Water and sanitation: For the last four years, the Trust has constructed 53 latrines/washrooms in homesteads targeting 1,700 people and in 11 schools and a further 19 hand-washing stations. This is an on-going project. In 2014-2015, 2 community dams were rehabilitated and two wildlife water holes were constructed.
Education: The Trusts supports ten (10) schools through bursaries, educational material equipment, training and implementation of WASH, strengthening school management structures, school feeding programs and payment for PTA teachers. These schools include; Kimanjo primary, Nkiloriti primary, Parkurruk primary, Kimanjo secondary, Ngabolo primary, Rumate primary, Musul school, Raap school, Naiperere primary and Tura & Teimamut nursery schools. They all have approximately 2000 students. Currently, approximately 50 full and partial bursaries are given to the neediest students in the community. Monthly stipends are also paid to 24 teachers in 11 different schools.
Cultural Criteria
Health and safetyTo prevent outbreaks of diseases through contamination of food, medical checkups have been conducted for all kitchen staff (food and beverage handlers) in the facility to ascertain their health fitness, and in compliance with the Food, Drugs, and Chemical substances Act. Cap 254. Health inspection has also been conducted and the lodge issued with a Health Inspection Certificate from the Ministry of Public Health. An inspection report is made available.
The management has an emergency response plan with clear spelt out procedures on fire, medical care and evacuation. In addition, the lodge is linked to (AMREF) Flying Doctors services for emergency response. There is also a clinic and a full time doctor on call for emergency response.
The facility has an adequately stocked first aid kit located at the main office and staff quarters. Medical supplies are also available. First aid skills training for staff is conducted every six months. A team of 11 staff are trained.
Proper housekeeping is observed at the facility workshop and fuel storage area
Firefighting equipment including, fire extinguishers, fire blanket in the kitchen and sand buckets are available and strategically placed within the facility. They are continually serviced. An adequate team of eight (8) staff has been trained on firefighting skills.
The swimming pool is well marked indicating the depth of the pool, for safety assurance. Safety signage is also installed.
The facility provides protective gear / PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as ear muffs, boots, uniform, gloves, and apron to the staff.
Child labor, abuse and human rightsThe facility does not employ any person below the legal working age of 18 years.
Business Practises Criteria
Entry Date13th March 2018
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