Sentrim Amboseli

Name of the facilitySentrim Amboseli
Certification AchievedBronze
Year opened2008
Tourism regionTsavo/Amboseli
AddressAmboseli National Park,
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Telephone/Mobile: +254 722 207361 / +254 733 852083
Email[email protected]
Facility NotesAmboseli Sentrim is located on a private concession land bordering Amboseli National Park, and approximately three kilometers from Kimana gate. The camp was established in 2008 and sits on a 23.472 Hectares (58.0006 Acres) enclosed piece of land. It has 60 guest tents and 2 family houses with bed occupancy of 140 persons. The camp has a total work force of 65 employees. The entire facility land covers about 180 acres within the Amboseli ecosystem where it provides wildlife dispersal areas. The land has been leased from individual land owners who are paid annual land lease fees. The area Ol Kejuado County Council is paid on monthly basis per bed night fees
Energy managementThe camp’s main source of power is two diesel generators with a power output capacity of 115kvA and 145kvA respectively, which produce power used for water heating and running refrigerators throughout the facility. Routinely, the generator power is rationed for energy conservation. Solar power is also an efficient source of power in the camp; it is used for generating energy to the solar powered electric fence, heat water at the drivers’ quarters and also produces efficient energy to light up the path lights.
Cooking energy is derived from Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Biogas – produced from cow dung bought from the local people. LPG is used to prepare meals at the guest area while biogas is used to prepare meals at the staff quarters.
For energy conservation, energy saving bulbs and light emitting diodes are installed throughout the facility. Guests and staff are briefed and encouraged on energy conservation though switching off unnecessary lights.
Camp fires are made using deadwood or off-cuts collected within the camp’s premise. Moreover, the camp has a charcoal fridge for storing perishables.
Environmental managementSentrim Amboseli blends with the natural surroundings. The tents are permanent, beige and roofed under makuti thatching while the pathways are made out of mazera
Chemical useThe camp uses biodegradable bathroom amenities in the guest tents, and laundry chemicals. Fuel (Diesel and petrol) is stored in underground tanks fixed with a fueling pump. Gas is also bought in bulk; the storage area is fenced and fixed with precautionary signage.
Conservation Criteria
Community Criteria
Solid waste managementPlastic waste is sorted out whereas rechargeable torch batteries are used by the camp as a move to reduce batteries waste
Water managementThe main source of water for the camp is from a borehole; which is pumped and stored in reservoirs with an average capacity of 16,000 litres. It is then treated through chlorination and filtration system and supplied to the entire premises. The water is metered for monitoring purposes.
To ensure efficient water use, the camp has set different visual aids such as notices and signs in the tents; such as, ”close taps and save water” or the “towel talks” in the guest rooms encouraging visitors on the reuse of towels, as a way of creating awareness on water conservation. High pressure shower filter heads have also been fixed in the camp for water use efficiency during showers
Visitor communication & educationGuests are briefed upon arrival on the environmental values of the camp; and also provide reading materials that create awareness, which are located within the restaurant area
PollutionThe camp’s generator is regularly serviced to reduce on its emissions to the atmosphere; while low filament energy saving bulbs are used to light the paths during the night, which are also fixed with a cover to reduce on light pollution.
Environmental conservationAmboseli Sentrim environmental conservation initiative can be observed from the facility architectural design and its efforts in tree planting. The facility supports Big Life foundation offices, with water holes for provision of water to the wildlife especially on dry seasons
Waste water managementGrey effluent from the guest tents is managed through soak pits while effluent from the kitchen, flows through a grease trap before joining the main sewer system. Swimming pool water is cleaned via sieving, vacuum cleaning and backwash system. Black water within the facility is managed through three septic tanks. The system also comprises of sewer lines and access man holes
Purchasing and suppliesThe camp purchases its vegetables and fruits packed in crates and cartons while meat is packed in cool boxes. Conjointly, dry goods are bought in bulk to reduce on packaging.
Employment and remuneration/staff welfareEmployees have a staff welfare committee that handles and addresses staff issues.
Staff education, communication and awareness trainingThe camp has notice boards for staff communication; they are also sensitized and briefed during departmental/daily meetings
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sitesGuests are entertained by the local Maasai dancers in the evenings. In return, the locals are offered free transport and allowed to display their curios and sell directly to the visitors.
Benefits to local community/community empowermentThe camp makes purchases from the local community where feasible; perishables such as vegetables and fruits are bought from the local Kimana and Loitoktok Centers, the camp has also installed taps at its main entrance to provide water to the neighboring community. Employment opportunities are provided to the local people with 70% of the staff being from the local community. Staff benefits include food, uniform, entertainment centre, transport and accommodation
Cultural Criteria
Health and safetySentrim Amboseli has first aid kits distributed in the major departments. In case of medical emergencies; they are referred to nearby Amboseli Sopa clinic or Amboseli Serena clinic. All food and beverage handlers within the facility in every six (6) months must undergo a medical examination and issued a medical examination certificate by public health officers.
The camp conducts fire safety audits and drills routinely to assess the overall safety and emergency preparedness. There is also a well-equipped security team with security equipment and an electric fence for safety and security purposes
Fire fighting equipment including, fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire alarm, fire hose drills are duly serviced and strategically placed within the facility.
The camp provides PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to the staff. Fire exits and assembly points are properly marked and displayed within the camp and a fire alarm has been fixed for fire emergency response. In addition precautionary and safety signages are well fixed in areas such as the gas storage and the swimming pool
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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