Name of the facility Mara Bush Camp
Certification Achieved Gold
Year opened 2012
Tourism region Masai Mara/South Rift
County Narok
Address Masai Mara Reserve
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Telephone/Mobile +254 722 525400/+254 733 614055 : +254 20 4445669/4445680/4445850
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Website marabushcamp.com
Facility Notes

Mara Bush Camp comprises of the main wing and private wing; 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 cheetah, and the great Wildebeest migration. The Triangle offers, better and more authentic experience in wildlife viewing. Other wildlife found in the Masai Mara include: elephant, hippos, rhino, 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 self-environmental audit of its premises, in compliance with statutory requirements i.e. Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA 1999).

Environmental conservation

The facility supports environmental conservation by adopting two orphaned elephants that lost their parents through poaching, supporting Mara-Meru Cheetah Project through donations, ensuring their staffs participate in regular litter collection exercise in the Mara Triangle Reserve, and assisting conservancy rangers in fixing of stalled vehicles.

Waste water management

Grey water from the guest kitchens (in both private and main wings) flows through a grease trap to remove fats, oils and grease before draining into the constructed wetland, where it is managed. Both black and grey water from each guest tent and staff quarters is managed through septic tanks before draining into soak pits. Effluent sample tests have also been conducted in compliance with Environmental Management and Coordination (Water Quality) Regulations of 2006.

Solid waste management

Solid waste generated from this facility is separated at the source. Waste at the waste holding area has also been properly segregated along proper waste categories i.e. paper, plastic, glass and metal (tin). The waste generated by the facility is later recycled by Takataka Solutions-a licensed recycling company. Organic waste generated by the facility is disposed into a bio-pit, which is securely covered and caged, to prevent any scavenging.

Pollution

The facility reduces light pollution by ensuring that all pathways within the facility have lights, attached to tree branches and covered, to avoid lighting that extends off-site or into the night sky. The generator is strategically located far away from guest tents and public area, ensuring that noise pollution is minimized.

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. The pumped water is later treated via sedimentation, filtration and chlorination. The treated water is stored in supply tanks, and then supplied to various sections such as kitchens, staff quarters and drivers’ quarters among other areas of the facility. The water consumptions readings are taken daily.

Energy management

The main source of power for this facility is solar energy, which is harnessed through installation of solar panels. Solar energy is used for lighting in the entire facility, pumping water from the borehole, preparing meals at the guest kitchen for both private and main wings, and providing power for the freezers. The facility also uses LPG for preparing meals at the guest kitchens.

Visitor communication & education

Guests are briefed upon arrival about the facility’s operations including safety. The guest rooms have been named after some of the wildlife found in the Mara ecosystem. The guests are also provided with room information folders, detailing the facility’s operations. Wildlife portraits are displayed in the facility, to inform guests about types of wild animals found in the Mara ecosystem.

Chemical use

The facility uses biodegradable chemicals in laundry for the guests and also in the kitchen. All the laundry chemicals are well labelled. LPG is also purchased and stored in bulk. The LPG storage area is caged, labelled and a safety signage is in place.

Community Criteria
Benefits to local community/community empowerment

The facility has employed more than half of its staff from the local area. The facility together with its guest’s conduct tree planting, and each tree is labelled with the client’s name; and the local girls are given the responsibility of nurturing the trees. The facility also promotes empowerment of local Maasai women groups; through direct participation in its recycling project. In addition it purchases hand-made artefacts from these local women groups.

Cultural Criteria
Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites

Mara Bush Camp promotes the local culture by ensuring various pieces of décor within the property depict the local culture and way of life of the local people. The facility has an African theme night, where local cuisines are served.

Business Practises Criteria
Purchasing and supplies

The facility purchases vegetables, fruits and other food stuffs in bulk to reduce on packaging. Vegetables such as sukumawiki and spinach are procured locally, from a youth group at Mara Intrepids. In addition, goat for the staff is also procured locally.

Health and safety

The camp has a health and safety policy, in compliance with OSHA 2007 legal requirements. The facility has undertaken a Fire Safety Audit along with health and safety audit of its premises. Food handlers have undergone medical tests in compliance with Food, Drugs and Chemical substances Act. Fire extinguishers have also been fully serviced.

Employment and remuneration/staff welfare

The facilities female employees are entitled to maternity leave of 3 months while the male employees are entitled to 14 days paternity leave. A staff committee is in place that handles general employment issues such as discipline. Families of deceased employees are also supported by the facility. Tips are shared equally among staff.

Child labor, abuse and human rights

Mara Bush Camp adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment 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. Staffs undergo External trainings that are done at the beginning of the season. Each department also carries out their in-house training regularly.

Entry Date 6th February 2019