|Name of the facility
|Leopard Hill Camp
|Masai Mara/South Rift
Leopard Hill is Basecamp Explorer’s newest camp in Masai Mara. Its located next to a series of watering holes in Mara Naboisho Conservancy Leopard Hill offers guests a chance to observe the African wildlife from a prime spot while enjoying the modern luxury of the camp. Its strategic location makes it easy to access the Masai Mara National Reserve providing an opportunity for guests to witness the world-renowned wildebeest migration then return to an evening of intimacy and seclusion.
- The camp is guided by an environmental policy in which it recognizes 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.
- Through the Basecamp Explorer Foundation, the camp initiated a waste management project in 2018 aimed at addressing the single-use plastic and glass waste management problem. Waste is collected from the camps along Talek River and Talek trading centre, and then disposed at a designated waste collection point prior to transportation to Nairobi. In the last quarter, approximately 1 tonne of plastics were collected.
|Waste water management
- Black water from the guest tents and staff quarters flows into the septic tanks. The septic tanks are to be emptied by an exhauster when full.
|Solid waste management
- Solid waste is segregated at source (in the guest kitchen) into these categories: paper, plastic, organic and metal.
- The camp uses LED’s for the tents and paraffin lanterns to show path ways – to minimize light pollution at night.
- The main source of water is a borehole located near the facility.
- The main source of energy for Leopard Hill Camp is solar energy.
|Visitor communication & education
- Guests are briefed about the facility’s operations upon arrival.
- The facility uses biodegradable chemicals (Diversey products) in laundry section.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment
- The foundation pays full school fees for 20 girls whose parents are part of the Basecamp Maasai Brand (BMB). The girls are currently in form one in the following schools: Talek Girls High School, St. Mary’s Girls Secondary School Narok and St. Mary’s Girls Secondary School Bomet among others. The initiative began in the years 2019.
|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
- Leopard Hill Camp 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
- Leopard Hill Camp 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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