Eco Warriors 2019 !
We are the proud winners of the 2019 Eco-Warrior Award for elimination and reduction of Single Use Plastic !
Our Single Use Plastic Free Initiatives include:
Eco friendly stainless steel thermos bottles
Double insulated, high quality stainless steel bottles can be purchased from our camp at a small cost for all bookings on full board. Should you book an air package directly with us, we shall extend these on a complimentary basis. These re-usable bottles are great for the environment !
Yoghurts and more - in glass jars
All plastic picnic yoghurt containers have been replaced with freshly prepared fruit yoghurt in glass jars. The same applies to jams, honey, butter ketchup, juice packets etc., which are used for picnics.
Beeswax covers are used in place of cling film as well as lovely “net covers” with Maasai beads, supporting a local women’s group who stitches and beads these nets. Also available for sale in our little shop.
No Straw Policy
We also have no “straw policy” at the camp. If guests do wish to use a straw, metallic straws are available. They are cleansed and kept in a hygienic manner.
Sealed water or soda is only available in glass bottles. The mineral water on the dining tables and in the rooms is offered in glass carafes. For drinking water on your bed side tables pls. feel free to use our Maasai beaded Water bottles.
Re-fillable Shampoo / amenities:
We use Cinnabar Green, a local company that offers divine and natural shampoos / conditioner / handwash and body lotion in re-fillable flasks. You can purchase these also in our shop.
Creative Recycling of old CD’S: Eclastic Product by Michela Consiglio: Lovely jewellery made from old Cd’s or plastic bottles by local women – 20% of this revenue goes to support the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. www.eclastic.org
Minimal Eco Footprint
The camp was built with minimal impact on the environment. There are no fences and the trees and bushes have been left in place to minimize the impact on the ecosystem.
The furniture was handcrafted by our in-house carpenter, using local materials in the textile industry and sustainable wood.
Environment & Sustainability
There is only oneMasai Mara
Especially packaging from suppliers is of crucial importance and we try to avoid plastic packaging of goods wherever possible. We have largely managed to communicate our requirements to our suppliers. If the items are still packed in plastic boxes, we will pick them up and return them to Nairobi for reuse.
Responsible waste disposal
We have a bio pit for bio waste at the camp. The compost is used for the small vegetable garden. All other waste is transported back to Nairobi and disposed of via Taka Taka Solutions. This is the only company in Nairobi to responsibly sort out 95% of the waste.
The creation of 4 wetlands in the camp is a natural "pond-like" feature of gravel / soil / stones / plants that filters all wastewater. This water can be reused for washing cars or washing clothes.
We have our own well and all the water is filtered through and cleaned to use it (no drinking water).
The rainwater is collected from newly built staff quarters and we use it to irrigate the garden.
We have 5 wetlands in total which filter grey water from kitchen / guest and tour leader tents through a natural system with gravel / stones / soil and we re-use some of this water for our car wash & laundry.
Non-toxic Laundry Detergents:
We use GROUNDED which is a non-toxic detergent made of natural, bio-digradable ingredients.
Organic Vegetable Garden:
We have our own little organic vegetable garden that is watered mainly by “harvested rain water”. Most of our fruit & vegetables come from Mlango Farm in Nairobi.
Solar Energy – Power Supply:
- Large Solar Station that powers Mara Bush Camp & Private Wing with majority of electricity – back up generator provided.
- CHARCOAL stores effective to store all fruit and veg instead of powering fridges
Support of the local community:
60% of our staff members are from the local Maasai Community and we annually train new staff members on internship in various positions.
Mara Bush Camp provides the local community (7 families) with direct income through a $ 20.00 bed night fee on average per bed night spent.
We support the Ol Malaika Home, a safe haven for girls who run away from early Childhood marriage and FGM. This is done through Tree Planting and direct visits from our guests to make donations in form of “needed items” or “financial contributions”. Occasionally we take the girls from OlMalaika Home on game drives too in the reserve for education on wildlife and to see their home from a different perspective.
The shop has a community Shelf where we sell products from local communities and women’s / street children initiatives or Slum based initiatives.
We planted over 500 trees in / around Mara Bush Camp & Private Wing in 2019.
BIODEGRADABLE HANDWASH for our Staff members:
We are especially proud of having cost effective and biodegradable handwash in place for our camp staff. This is made from “used & old vegetable oil” that is recycled with a process into “lemon grass scented” handwash and shower gel. Our partner who helps us with this process is Akusi Ltd https://akusiorganics.co.ke/.
Below are photos of how to make the soap: