|Name of the facility||Saruni Samburu|
|Address||20 Mwitu Road, Mwitu Estate, Karen,|
|Telephone/Mobile||+254 (0) 735 950 903|
Saruni Samburu is located at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, about 7 km from the Northern border of the Samburu National Reserve on GPS coordinates Latitude 0.705992 (0°42′21.574″N) || Longitude 37.53057 (37°31′50.08″E). It also borders Ngutuk Ongiron to the west, Namunyak Community Conservation Trust to the north and Sera Community Wildlife Conservation to the north east. The lodge has six (6) rooms with a bed capacity of 16 guests. It is open all year round.
Saruni Samburu is guided by its environmental policy that emphasizes on dedication to the practice of sound environmental stewardship, promotion of health and safety of guests and employees as well as integration of all social and environmental concerns in their business operations.
Saruni Samburu collects a conservation fee of 116 USD per guest. The money goes directly into conservation programmes within the conservancy. In the last year, the facility paid a total of Ksh. 8,946,707 to Kalama Conservancy.
|Waste water management|
The facility swimming pool is cleaned via sieving, backwash and vacuum cleaning. Records are kept on a daily basis.
|Solid waste management|
Sorting of waste is done at the waste holding area. Plastic and metallic waste is then taken to a recycling centre in Nairobi. Waste tyres are transported for recycling in Nanyuki.
The lodge uses low light emitting bulbs to minimize light pollution at night.
Main source of water for Saruni Samburu is obtained from a borehole within the conservancy. The water is collected by a water truck, which makes on average three trips per day ( ferrying 4,000 litres of water per trip). The water is then stored in a16,000 litre reservoir and distributed via pumping and gravity to the entire facility.
Solar power fixed with power inverter battery system is the main source of energy. There are 84 solar panels throughout which provide power for the lodge. The facility also uses solar water heaters for heating water for the guest rooms.
|Visitor communication & education|
Visitors are briefed upon arrival on the facility’s operations and environmental values.
The lodge uses biodegradable bathroom amenities from Cinnabar Green in the guest tents.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment|
The facility employs staff primarily from the local area. Approximately 80% of the employees are locals.
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites|
Saruni Samburu promotes local culture actively in various ways.
|Business Practises Criteria|
|Purchasing and supplies|
Vegetables and fruits are packed in reusable crates while meat and dairy products are stored in freezers. Where possible dry goods are bought in bulk to reduce on the packaging
|Health and safety|
Firefighting equipment has been inspected and duly serviced by Atlas Fire Security Limited. In addition, the staff is trained of fire safety skills. Fire exits and assembly points are properly marked and displayed within the facility.
|Employment and remuneration/staff welfare|
Basic Staff benefits at the lodge include food, health insurance, uniform, entertainment, transport and accommodation. The staff at Saruni Samburu have a welfare committee that handles staff issues.
|Child labor, abuse and human rights|
The management of Saruni Samburu strictly adheres to the minimum legal working age of 18 years
|Staff education, communication and awareness training|
Staff have been trained on basic first Aid, firefighting skills and use of firefighting equipment. They are also regularly trained per department for skills.
|Entry Date||12th March 2018|
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