|Name of the facility
|Basecamp Masai Mara
|Masai Mara/South Rift
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the key tourist destinations in Kenya. It is located in South-Western part of the country, along the Great Rift Valley area in Narok County, and adjacent to Serengeti National Park. The reserve has the Maasai Mara River and Talek River as key draining rivers of the park. The vegetation is mainly open Savannah grassland with seasonal rivulets and some doted acacia trees. The reserve is most popular for the annual great migration, where millions of wildebeests cross the Mara River. The reserve is home to a wide range of wildlife species such as: the big Nile crocodiles, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo and elephant among many others.
- Basecamp Masai Mara is guided by the Corporate Environmental Mission statement of Basecamp Explorer Kenya. The statement outlines the company’s commitment to conserve key global ecosystems, through coexistence between wildlife and humans.
- The camp’s guides support the Masai Mara National Reserve rangers through wildlife monitoring.
|Waste water management
- Grey water from the guest and staff kitchens is managed through septic tanks.
|Solid waste management
- Solid waste is separated at source (guest kitchen) into the following categories: tins, plastic, paper, food waste, foils and tetra packs and glass, using labeled bins.
- Low-light emitting kerosene lanterns are placed along the paths at night to reduce light pollution.
- The main source of water for Basecamp Masai Mara is a borehole located within the facility.
- The main source of power for Basecamp Masai Mara is solar energy.
|Visitor communication & education
- Guests are briefed about the facility’s operations upon arrival.
- The camp uses biodegradable chemicals for laundry (Santex Manual Wash Detergent), staff kitchen (Morning fresh) and at the guest tents (Cinnabar green).
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment
Through the Basecamp Explorer Foundation, Basecamp Masai Mara supports the local community in the following ways:
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites
- Various pieces of decor within the camp reflect the local culture of the Masai
|Business Practises Criteria
|Purchasing and supplies
- Basecamp Masai Mara purchases goods in bulk to reduce on packaging.
|Health and safety
- Health and Safety Audit of the facility has been conducted in compliance with OSHA 2007 legal requirements.
|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
- Basecamp Masai Mara adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment (18 years).
|Staff education, communication and awareness training
- Effective communication channels between the management and staff are in place, for instance through the notice boards.
|18th January 2021
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