|Name of the facility||Sweetwaters Serena Camp|
|Address||Ol Pejeta Conservancy|
Sweetwaters Serena Camp is located at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The camp is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, Latitude 036 56 40.8 and Longitude 000 002 21.0011 N. The camp is located on 50 acres of land leased within the conservancy. It has 56 guest tents with a bed capacity of 120 visitors and a total work force of 110 employees. Ol Pejeta conservancy is managed as a wildlife Sanctuary, including the endangered black and white rhinos, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion. Other wildlife includes Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The Conservancy works to conserve wildlife and provide a sanctuary for Chimpanzees. It aims to generate income through wildlife and tourism enterprises which is invested in conservation and community development.
Sweetwaters Serena Camp is guided by the corporate Environmental Mission Statement of Serena Hotels. It commits to:
- The camp through the Serena Hotels Reforestation Program has implemented a tree planting initiative where staff, guests, members of the local community and local primary schools are involved. For example, in 2022, 194 trees were planted and 700 seedlings in the tree nursery. The tree species are planted in designated areas and these are mainly: Acacia Xanthophloea and Crotons.
|Waste water management|
- Grey water from the kitchens flow through grease traps to remove fats and oils. The grease traps are cleaned after every 3 days.
|Solid waste management|
- Solid waste is separated at the guest kitchen (source) into the following categories using well labeled step bins: glass, paper, tins, plastic &polythene and food waste.
- Low-light emitting bulbs within the camp are covered to reduce light pollution.
- The main source of water for the Sweetwaters Serena Camp is a borehole located within the facility.
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp uses a grid-tied solar system to power its operations. The camp has a solar farm comprising of 240 panels and 3 inverters with a capacity of 76.80 kWp.
|Visitor communication & education|
- Guests are briefed about the facility’s operations upon arrival.
- The camp uses Ecolab chemicals for laundry and kitchens. Odex products are used for cleaning the floors and Frangi for the guest rooms.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment|
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp supports the local communities that surround Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the following ways:
Access to education
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites|
- Local dances by the Turkana, Mwomboko, Samburu and Maasai group of dancers are performed for guests.
|Business Practises Criteria|
|Purchasing and supplies|
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp purchases goods in bulk to reduce waste generated from packaging.
|Health and safety|
- The camp has been duly registered in compliance with OSHA 2007 legal requirements and issued with a valid certificate of workplace registration. This is dated 30th September 2022.
|Employment and remuneration/staff welfare|
- Staff are unionized and affiliated to KUDHEHIA, which negotiates terms of service and working conditions for its members.
|Child labor, abuse and human rights|
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment which is above 18 years.
|Staff education, communication and awareness training|
- Effective communication channels between the management and staff are in place at the camp. For example, through the notice boards.
|Date Created||13th March 2018|
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