|Name of the facility
|Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
|P.O. Box 46302-00100 Nairobi GPO, Kenya
Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is located in Soysambu Conservancy approximately 120 kilometres from Nairobi and 25 Kilometres from Nakuru. The camp’s uniqueness is attributed to its location on the shores of Lake Elmentaita.
The camp’s uniqueness can be attributed to Soysambu Conservancy and Lake Elmenteita. The conservancy occupies 48,000 acres of diverse ecological significance. It consists of Lake Elmenteita to the east, a dormant volcanic mountain called Ol Doinyo Eburru to the south and Menengai Crater to the north. ‘Soysambu’ is a Masai word which means “the place of striated rock”.
The camp is guided by an environmental policy in which it recognises its responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. It aims to reduce its environmental impact, and continually improve its environmental performance, as an integral part of its business strategy, and operating methods with regular review points. The camp conducts an annual self-Environmental Audit (EA) as required by Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA 1999). It also has management plans for waste, energy and water.
The camp in collaboration with the conservancy management takes part in de-snaring exercises within the conservancy to ensure that there are no wire traps and rope meant to trap wildlife by entangling legs or the neck. Staff are involved in the mammal census that is done in the conservancy annually.
|Waste water management
Grey water from the kitchen is managed through a four-compartment grease trap that is regularly serviced. Both black and grey water is managed in the same wastewater treatment plant that has five chambers.
|Solid waste management
Waste separation is conducted at the source and the waste bins are clearly labelled for waste separation. Waste produced at the facility is weighed before it is picked up by the NEMA licensed handler and records are kept for monitoring and setting targets on waste reduction. While organic waste is collected by local pig farmers and the Little Sisters House of Hope as they breed pigs.
To reduce noise pollution, mufflers have been installed in the generators to reduce noise pollution. Further, they have an acoustic insulated body kit to reduce noise pollution.
The main source of water for the camp is the Nakuru Rural Water and Sanitation Company (NARUWASCO). Water is stored in two reservoir tanks of 250,000 litres each. It is filtered and chlorinated then pumped to the entire camp for use.
The camp has a hybrid solar energy that is powered by a 240 solar panel system and supplemented by electricity power from KPLC. It’s also connected to backup diesel-powered generators with power output capacity of 180 and 67 KvA.
|Visitor communication & education
Visitors are briefed upon arrival on the camp’s operations and environmental values.
Diversey and Ecolab detergents are used for washing in the laundry section.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment
Employment - The facility has employed 50% of its staff from the local community. All the casual jobs also go to the community members. The camp sources horses for guest activity from a local community group that charges KShs. 3,500 per horse per hour. Also, the camp hires a van from a local community group for the daily staff transport (14 seater) that is charged at Kshs. 3,500 per trip and is used once a day. The camp engages a tour operator to provide them with tour vehicles for the game drive activities of their guests.
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites
Traditional dancers from the local communities occasionally entertain guests. This opportunity promotes cultural exchange (i.e., Agikuyu and Maasai).
|Business Practises Criteria
|Purchasing and supplies
Vegetables and fruits are packed in reusable crates while meat and dairy products are stored in freezers.
|Health and safety
There is a Fire Marshalls team trained in firefighting in all departments. The last training was conducted on 8th May 2023.
|Employment and remuneration/staff welfare
Basic Staff benefits at the camp include food, health insurance, uniform, entertainment, and accommodation & house allowance.
|Child labor, abuse and human rights
The facility adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment, which is 18 years.
|Staff education, communication and awareness training
Notice boards are used to facilitate communication with the staff.
|13th March 2018
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