Name of the facilitySoroi Mara Bush Camp
Certification AchievedGold
Year opened2012
Tourism regionMasai Mara/South Rift
CountyNarok
AddressMasai Mara Reserve
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Telephone/Mobile+254 722 525400/+254 733 614055 : +254 20 4445669/4445680/4445850
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Websitemarabushcamp.com
Facility Notes

Soroi Mara Bush Camp comprises of the main wing, private wing, and newly established Soroi Luxury Migration Camp.; and is located in the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara Reserve is an integral part of the greater Mara ecosystem. Masai Mara is famous for the high amount of predators, such as lions and cheetahs, and the great Wildebeest migration. The Triangle offers a better and more authentic experience in wildlife viewing. Other wildlife found in the Masai Mara include elephants, hippos, rhinos, zebra, impala, and Thomson’s gazelle among others. The Masai Mara is also a habitat for a wide variety of birds, with over 470 bird species recorded. These species include eagles, ostriches, vultures, and storks among others. The facility has a total of 24 rooms with a total bed capacity of 48. There are a total of 60 staff members at the camp.

Environmental management

The facility is guided by a clearly written environmental policy statement, which describes its commitment to sound environmental management. The facility has also undertaken a self-environmental audit of its premises, in compliance with statutory requirements as stipulated under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA 1999).
It has also complied with all the applicable environmental, health, safety, and tourism laws and
regulations.

Environmental conservation

Tree planting activities - The Camp has an ongoing tree planting initiative that is carried out within the camp. Guests and staff are involved in planting. They mainly plant indigenous trees.
Environmental Clean-up - The camp carries out weekly clean-up within its premises
i.e. every Sunday. The facility also supports clean-ups within Masai Mara National Reserve, Ol Kiombo Airstrip, and Talek Centre through the participation of its staff and the provision of vehicles.
Support to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Soroi Mara Bush Camp supports the Trust through the adoption of orphaned elephants. The elephants are taken care of by the Trust until such a time that they can be released into the wild.

Waste water management

The camp conducts effluent sampling and testing, this is done by Polucon in compliance with the Environmental Management and Coordination (Water Quality) Regulations of 2006. The camp has an Effluent Discharge Licence(EDL).
Grease traps have been installed at the outlets of grey water from all the kitchens at the camp and are cleaned once per week. The grey water from the kitchens, carwash, and laundry is managed through the constructed lagoons and finally through soak pits.

Solid waste management

The camp has put a system in place where the solid waste in the guest kitchen and staff kitchen for the main camp is segregated into the following categories; plastic, glass, paper, aluminum, and food waste using labeled bins. This waste is further separated at the waste holding area into plastic, paper, tin, glass, and hazardous waste categories. Waste is transported to Nairobi for recycling by TakaTaka Solutions.
The camp also conducts frequent monitoring of the waste produced through weighing.
Food waste is managed through bio-pits which are well-covered to prevent scavenging.
To manage waste, The camp provides guests with refillable water bottles for use during their stay. While the bathing amenities such as shampoo, shower gel, and conditioner are contained in large dispenser bottles to minimize soap disposal.

Pollution

Path lights are fixed on trees and covered to reduce light pollution
The generators have acoustic insulation and silencers to reduce noise pollution.

Water management

The main source of water for this facility is a borehole (150m deep) located within it. Water from the borehole is first pumped into reservoir tanks(60,000L capacity). Water from the tanks is supplied throughout the facility for consumption via gravity. Water is metered at the inlet and daily readings are taken.
The water is metered at the outlets for the main camp, private wing, and the LMC and sub-metered for the laundry and carwash. Water for drinking and cooking at the main camp and private wing is treated through a reverse osmosis plant where it undergoes processes such as sedimentation,
filtration, and passage through deactivated carbon. A filter has also been installed for the LMC. Daily water consumption records are taken.
Guests are sensitized on water conservation through notices strategically displayed in the guest tents. The staff are sensitized on water conservation through notices placed in various sections of the operations such as the kitchen and laundry.

Energy management

The main source of power for the main camp, private wing, and LMC is solar. During the day, the camp uses the energy from the sun to meet the energy demands and the surplus is stored in capacitors. The main camp has a total of 28 capacitors each with 48 volts, while LMC has 16 capacitors.
A kerosene boiler is used for heating water for the guest areas. Energy-efficient boilers are used for heating water for the kitchens, staff quarters, and guides quarters. The boilers use kerosene and deadwood.LPG is used for cooking in all the kitchens. Charcoal briquettes are used for barbecue. Energy-saving bulbs and LED lights have been installed throughout the camp.

Visitor communication & education

Upon arrival, guests are briefed about the camp’s operations. Literature on conservation has been provided at the bar lounge area for the main camp and LMC.
Portraits of some of the wildlife found in the reserve have been displayed in the lounge area. Metallic models of various wildlife found in the Mara ecosystem have been displayed within the camp. Information folders have also been provided in the guest tents.

Chemical use

The camp uses Buntu Organics and Safisha laundry chemicals in the laundry while the Cinnabar Green soaps are used in the guest rooms.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been provided for Safisha and Buntu Organics at the laundry sections at the main camp and LMC.
The fuel pump has been enclosed and installed on a concrete floor. In addition, safety signages have been provided. A containment structure has been provided near the fuel pump area to contain any accidental spills of fuel.
LPG used in the main kitchen, staff kitchen, pastry kitchen, and private wing kitchen is bought in bulk in 2000 litres cylinders. The LPG cylinders have been caged properly.

Community Criteria
Benefits to local community/community empowerment

Employment - The camp has employed 70% of the staff from the local area.
Water supply - The camp supplies treated water to Major Village. Every month, 200 litres of water is supplied to the village.
Local dancers - The camp invites local dancers to perform for guests during festivities. The group comprises 18 men and 15 women and is paid Kshs. 500 per person.
The Eclastic Project - The camp has involved the local Masai women in its recycling project i.e. Eclastic Project. This is by training them on how to use recycled plastic waste such as plastic bottles and plastic bags in making products.

Cultural Criteria
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites

Soroi Mara Bush Camp promotes the local culture by; placing various pieces of decor within the camp reflect the Maasai culture; Village visits are conducted where guests learn about the Maasai way of life; Traditional Maasai dances are performed at the camp during festivities; The camp has an African night where local foods are served and Maasai dances performed; and Cultural talks are provided for guests by the camp naturalist. also, some of the staff dress in local attire that reflects the Maasai culture.

Business Practises Criteria
Purchasing and supplies

The camp purchases goods in bulk to reduce on packaging. Cement, metals, sand, hardcore, eggs, fruits, and vegetables such as spinach, carrots, and kale are purchased locally from Talek.

Health and safety

The Health and Safety Audit of the camp has been conducted in compliance with OSHA 2007 legal requirements. The fire Safety Policy for the camp is in place. it also has a health and safety policy that describes its commitment to conducting business in a safe manner that protects staff, visitors, and the public.
Food handlers have been medically tested in compliance with the Food, Drugs, and Chemical Substances Act CAP 254. Fully kitted First Aid kits have been provided in various sections of the camp such as the kitchens, laundry, and workshop. Effective PPE such as gloves have been provided for use by staff working in areas such as laundry.
The camp has a Health and Safety Committee that assists in developing health and safety standards, rules and procedures to be followed in the workplace and identification of health and safety risks.

Employment and remuneration/staff welfare

The staff enjoys the following statutory entitlements in line with the statutory requirements: 26 days paid annual leave, 3 months maternity leave, and 14 days paternity leave. Employees are entitled to 6 off days per month and in case of work done on a public holiday, they are entitled to 2 off days. Tips are shared equally among all staff except the management.

Child labor, abuse and human rights

Soroi Mara Bush Camp adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment in Kenya which is above 18 years.

Staff education, communication and awareness training

There is effective communication channels between the staff and management are in place i.e. through the notice boards. The camp has intensive induction training for all the new staff. In addition, the heads of the department provide daily sensitization and briefings through meetings. The staff also undergoes refresher training at Utalii College.

Entry Date6th February 2019