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Name of the facilitySand River Camp
Certification AchievedBronze
Year opened2013
Tourism regionMasai Mara/South Rift
AddressMasai Mara National Reserve
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Telephone/Mobile+254 730 127 000
Facility NotesSand River Camp is situated on a 20 acre piece of land within the Maasai Mara National Reserve on GPS Coordinates Latitude -1.654028 Longitude 35.215730. The camp comprises of 16-tents with a bed capacity of 32. The facility is open all year round and has a total number of 42 employees for its operations. It is owned and operated by Elewana Group.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve covers approximately 1,510 km2 under the management of Narok County Government. The Reserve is located in the northern portion of the Mara Serengeti eco-system, which covers 25,000 km2 straddling Tanzania and Kenya. The Maasai Mara National 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 migration involves wildebeests, Thomson’s gazelles, Topi, elands, and zebras. These migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by predators, most notably lions and hyenas. Numerous other antelopes can be found, including Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, impalas, duikers and Coke’s hartebeest. The Mara is also home to the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros). The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe.
Energy managementSand River Camp is mainly powered by three (3) generators with an output of 165, 60 and 30 KvA respectively. The three are used interchangeably depending with the load and the fuel consumption is monitored. The genset system is computerized to monitor power usage for the camp.
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used in both guest and staff kitchens. Water heating at the guest and staff areas is done through solar. There are 22 panels and four solar water heater tanks each with a capacity of 150 litres.
To conserve on energy, low wattage energy saving bulbs are fixed throughout the premises with the main switches easily accessible in all the guest tents to conserve power. Employees are sensitized on energy conservation through departmental briefings whereas visitors are sensitized on arrival briefings. In addition, there is the use of visual sensitization signage fixed in strategic areas to promote energy conservation
Environmental managementThe facility has conducted its annual environmental audit as required by Environmental (Impact assessment and Audit) Regulations, of 2003
Chemical useThe hotel uses biodegradable bathroom amenities in the guest rooms, e.g. bathing soaps and shampoos supplied by Africology Ltd. Laundry and swimming pool chemicals are supplied by Diversey and Henkel respectively. Chemicals used are accompanied by Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Chemicals used in the laundry machine are measured using calibrated cups. This ensures efficiency on chemical usage.
Fuel (diesel) is stored in 20,000 litre tank while paraffin is stored in 20 litre containers. LPG (Liquefied Petroleum gas) is packed in 25 kg and 50 kg gas cylinders. Precautionary signage properly fixed for safety purposes. Sand bags are fixed at the diesel storage area to prevent spillage to the environment
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste managementWaste separation is conducted at source and the bins colour coded. The waste is later moved to a waste collection centre for further sorting before final disposal via-Elewana Head Office-to recycling companies in Nairobi. Organic waste is composted within the facility.
Drinking water for staff is bought in 20 litre dispenser bottles to reduce on plastic waste.
Water managementMain source of water for the camp is obtained from a well within the premises. The water is solar pumped and stored in reservoirs with an average capacity of 47,000 litres which is supplied via gravity to the entire premises.
For water efficiency, the facility has fitted the guest rooms with water efficient shower filter heads and sensitizes its employees on water conservation during departmental meetings and briefings. The camp also employs the use of visual sensitization signage at main user points on the efficient use of water. Regular maintenance and repairs to the plumbing system is also done
Visitor communication & educationVisitors are briefed upon arrival on the environmental values of the camp. In addition, the guest rooms have information folders with more details on the camp operations.
There is a visitors’ resource area which is equipped with reading information materials including environmental publications, travel magazines and nature conservation magazines
PollutionParaffin Lanterns are used to light the paths at night with an aim to reduce light pollution and the generators are fitted with a muffler system to reduce on noise pollution
Environmental conservationSand River Camp is built on low environmental footprint and blends in with the local surrounding. Guest tents are made of beige canvas raised on wooden platforms with green netting on the roof as a camouflage. Vegetation is largely left undisturbed.
The camp also supports the National Reserve rangers in wildlife monitoring and report on any incidences to the reserve management. Furthermore, the facility has a tree planting program whereby 1200 trees have been planted with 90% success growth rate.
Waste water managementGrey water from the kitchen flows through a grease trap before draining into a soak pit. Grey water from the staff quarters, laundry and public areas is managed through the Bio-box waste water treatment system.
Black effluent within the guest area and staff quarters is also managed through the Bio-box system which consists of five (5) tanks. The system is connected to septic tanks with access manholes. Waste water is treated for recycling and re-use. There is a routine inspection schedule for the system to monitor its efficiency. A site drainage plan is available for the waste water management system which assists in monitoring.
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. Proper regular records for chemical use are maintained for monitoring purposes.
Water effluent sample tests have been conducted in compliance with Environmental Management and Coordination (Water Quality) Regulations of 2006 and an effluent discharge license issued.
Purchasing and suppliesDry goods such as flour are bought in bulk to reduce on packaging waste. Fruits and vegetables are packed in reusable crates which reduce on general waste produced, while meat and dairy products are stored in freezers
Employment and remuneration/staff welfareEmployees have a staff welfare committee which handles and addresses staff issues.
Staff education, communication and awareness trainingStaff briefings are held at departmental level on daily basis for planning activities.
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sitesThe camp has room information folders and books with information on the Masai people and their culture.
Benefits to local community/community empowermentApproximately 40% of the staffs are from the local community. Also, all casual work is allocated to the locals. On ad hoc basis, the camp gives support to Sekenani primary school through provision of books and stationery-support from guest donations. The facility organizes village visits to Talek village at a cost of US$15 per guest paid directly to the community.
Employees are provided with health care, uniform, accommodation facilities and basic amenities.
Cultural Criteria
Health and safetySand River Camp has an emergency plan with clear spelt out procedures on fire safety, medical care and evacuation. A Health inspection has been conducted and the camp issued with a Health Inspection Certificate from the Ministry of Public Health. Medical checkup is done every six months for food and beverage handlers to comply with Food, Drugs, and Chemical substances Act. Cap 254.
The hotel has a health and safety team consisting of 10 staff trained on occupational health and safety. Additionally, a team of 15 employees is also trained on first aid and fire-fighting skills. The camp has a full-time nurse to attend to any medical cases for guests and staff. Furthermore there is a doctor on call, based at Keekorok Lodge. Medical issues are referred to Talek clinic or the medical facility at Sarova Mara Camp.
Adequately stocked first aid kits located at the main office and game drive vehicles. Medical supplies are also available.
Guest tents are equipped with radio calls for emergency purposes
Firefighting equipment including, fire extinguishers, fire electric alarm, fire blanket in the kitchen, are strategically placed within the facility. Sand buckets are placed alongside fire extinguishers to complement the available fire-fighting equipment and a fire assembly point is clearly and conspicuously marked within the camp. A fire alarm is also fixed.
The facility also provides protective gear / PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as boots, uniform, gloves, aprons 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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