Name of the facilityAngama Mara Lodge
Certification AchievedGold
Year opened2015
Tourism regionMasai Mara/South Rift
CountyNarok
AddressOlololoo escarpment
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Telephone/Mobile+254 730 630 630
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Websiteangama.com
Facility Notes

Angama Mara Lodge is located On top of Olololoo escarpment overlooking Mara Triangle and sits on a 750 acre piece of land. The camp is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, Latitude-1.2743 Longitude34.97086 .It was opened in the year 2015. It has nine (30) guest tents with a bed capacity of 60 visitors and a total work force of 110 employees. The facility is situated on private land which is an integral part of the Masai Mara ecosystem where numerous wildlife species including lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, antelopes, among others can be found. It is also a haven for bird species.

Environmental management

Angama Mara Lodge has a clear environmental policy to guide in its operation. The policy is committed to: low-impact tourism model that embraces environmental sensitivities, creating lasting social benefits through joint community ownership local, employment opportunities and Local supply chain promotion. The camp has an environmental management system illustrated through clearly spelt out operational guidelines on general management , environmental management, purchasing, resources use including water, energy and waste, community involvement, guests integration and staff development.

Environmental conservation

Angama Mara offers low impact activities such as bird watching, nature walks and village visits for cultural experience. Periodically, the lodge supports Mara Cheetah Project and Mara Conservancy through funds donation. In addition it supports the research project through data collection and sharing information. The facility has planted at least 300 indigenous tree species within its premises.

Waste water management

Angama Mara has invested in a wastewater treatment system that manages both its grey and black effluent. The system operates in its two wings (North and South). The southern and northern wing each consists of four (4) bio box tanks serving guest tents and public area. Effluent from the guest kitchens flows through four (4) compartment grease-traps / interceptors where ‘fats and grease’ are removed before joining the main Enpura Treatment system.

Waste water from the car wash section is filtered and collected in a water holding. Plans are underway to use for irrigation. Swimming pool water is cleaned through sieving, vacuum cleaning and a backwash system. PH levels are checked on a daily basis.

Solid waste management

Proper waste separation – organic and non-organic - is conducted at source. Clearly labelled and Colour coded waste bins – Grey for metallic, Blue for glass, Red for paper and Black for plastics - are put in strategic sections within the facility. The waste is later taken to the waste management / holding centre pending disposal through Nigel Archer Safaris to Angama offices in. Electronic waste (E-Waste) is separated and put at the waste holding section pending disposal to Nairobi.

Organic waste is managed through four (4) chamber composting system within the facility and later used as manure within the kitchen garden. The Lodge uses 18litres, water dispensers in the main departments such as kitchen, offices, and laundry. The facility uses reusable guest amenity containers (ie. shampoo, soap, body lotion), which reduces need for disposal of plastic bottles. Further the facility has invested on in-house domestic water Reverse Osmosis purifying system which ensures water is fit for human consumption. These initiatives have significantly reduced on plastic waste generation

Pollution

The generator operation hours are closely monitored for servicing purposes. The room is insulated and a muffler system fixed on the generator system to reduce on sound pollution. The lodge kitchen is properly ventilated, fixed with air extractors, and a kitchen hub. This is aimed at enhancing the working conditions of the staff. Low filament energy saving bulbs are used for lighting the lodge pathways at night. The paths lights are also fixed with a cover to reduce on light pollution.

Water management

Angama Mara main source of water is obtained from a dam made next to Ngusero Stream. The water pumped, purified through sedimentation, filtration and chlorination before storage in reservoirs of 100,000 litres. It is later pumped to the entire premises. The lodge has installed a reverse osmosis filter system for domestic water use which has significantly reduced need for purchasing bottled water - a reduction in plastic waste. Regular maintenance and inspection of the plumbing system is conducted to rectify any possible leakages. A float switch has been installed in the water system to avoid any possible over flows.To promote water efficiency; Employees are sensitized on water usage during departmental meetings, guests are sensitized on arrival briefings, guests are also encouraged and sensitized through cards – ‘towel talks’ to re-use their towels. The guests’ rooms are fixed with dual flush toilet cisterns, and low shower filter heads for water use efficiency. Guest Kitchen is fixed with water efficient knee operated taps. Water taps within the premises are also fixed with faucets (flow reducers) to enhance water conservation. The laundry machines water uptake is automated. Laundry is weighed to ensure machines are run at their optimum weight for efficient water and energy use.

Energy management

Angama Mara is connected to the Kenya Power grid as the main source of power. In addition are two (2) backup generators with power output of 550 KvA and 165KvA, respectively. The generator servicing hours are closely monitored for efficiency purposes. Generator fuel consumption is also closely monitored. The Lodge grid power is metered at source for monitoring purposes. In order to promote energy conservation, the Lodge has LED (Light Emitting Diodes) are fixed throughout, visitors are briefed upon arrival on the need to conserve energy through switching off unnecessary lights. Guest tents and main restaurants are fitted with power dimming lights to control energy used. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is used for guest and staff cooking.

Visitor communication & education

Visitors are briefed upon arrival. Room information sheets are provided in the guest rooms with detailed information on Angama Lodge environmental conservation and activities. Room information packs also contain information on the Angama Lodge.

Chemical use

LPG gas is bought and stored in 45Kg cylinders – the southern wing has three (3) gas cylinders used for guest cooking. The Lodge issues biodegradable bathing soaps from Africology Limited, the guests for use in the guest rooms. Diversy laundry detergents and powders are used for washing in the laundry section. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the laundry chemicals are available. The staff handling chemicals has been trained and is sensitized on proper handling. Fuel (Diesel) for use in the generator and vehicles is stored in 15,000 litre reserve. Chemical usage for laundry is automated which ensures efficiency in usage.

Community Criteria
Benefits to local community/community empowerment

Angama Mara purchases from the locals where possible. Fruits, vegetables, charcoal, and fuelwood are bought from local suppliers. The facility has a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program to enhance the community wellbeing. The program is implemented through Angama Foundation and majors on education, health and community well-being. In funding the foundation, the lodge has set contributions of $10 per person per night from every Angama Mara guest, as well as micro donations facilitated through the Safari Shop. Some of the programs include:-
 Education; the lodge has constructed six (6) units for teacher accommodation and ablutions at Emurutoto. In addition has constructed four Classrooms at Partakilat each with 30 desks. Further pays five teachers at the school.
 School Bag Project; Lodge runs a bag project where clients are encouraged to buy the bags which are later donated to Partakilat primary school
 Health – The facility clinic serves staff, guests and local community at subsidized rates.
Studio – has a community enterprise program for bead making

Cultural Criteria
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites

Angama Mara has a designate bead making section within its curio shop. As a community empowerment program, the facility has trained and employed a team of eight (8) local Masai women (four young ladies and 4 elderly ladies). The women interact with guests directly at the curio shop / beads making studio. The ladies also run a bead making activity for children and interested adults. Beads made within the lodge are sold locally in Nairobi and direct to clients with 50% of the proceeds being given back to the women and rest used for product development. However, the facility also ensures the women enjoy a monthly salary.
Interested clients are offered village visits to enjoy the local culture at a fee of 20Usd. The system is organised in such a way that guests pays to the lodge where they are issued with a receipt. The collected proceeds are later paid to the respective community. On periodical basis, the lodge pays local Masai Warriors to entertain clients during bush dinners.

Business Practises Criteria
Purchasing and supplies

The Lodge purchases its products in bulk to reduce on packaging; fruits and vegetables are packed in re-usable crates

Health and safety

Angama Mara has a fire emergency / evacuation procedures clearly outlined and communicated. The procedures are pinned at departmental notice boards. Precautionary and safety signage such as ‘highly flammable’ ‘no smoking’ ‘danger’ is well displayed at strategic areas such as Gas section for safety purposes. The facility has fully equipped first aid kits in the major departments. The Lodge is also linked to Flying Doctors through - Africa Assist-for medical evacuations. The guest tents are equipped with, radio call, flush light and smoke detectors, for emergency and fire safety response.
Firefighting equipment which includes fire extinguishers, fire horse rails, automatic fire hydrant system, kitchen fire blankets are aptly serviced and strategically placed within the facility – Servicing provided by Trojan Fire Equipment
The lodge has a well-trained Fire Marshalls team of 26 (safety team) trained in firefighting. A team of 15 staff is trained on first aid- there are first aiders in all major departments with their names put on departmental notice boards. Food handlers have undergone medical tests in compliance with Food, Drugs, and Chemical substances Act. Cap 254 Conducted March 2017. The Lodge provides PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as welding glasses, overalls and gloves to the repairs and maintenance staff. Fire exits and assembly points are properly marked and displayed within the facility. A fire alarm is also available. Health Inspection has been conducted by public health inspectors under the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. The Lodge has been issued with a Health Inspection License. License issued in 13th March 2017.

Employment and remuneration/staff welfare

An environmental staff reward scheme has been formulated for recognizing outstanding conservation efforts and achievement by the staff.

Child labor, abuse and human rights

The facility does not employ children under the age of 18.

Staff education, communication and awareness training

The Lodge has notice boards fitted in strategic sections within the premise. The notice board are used for facilitating communication. Sensitization and briefing is also done on daily meetings via the heads of department

Entry Date12th March 2018