|Name of the facility||Kilima Camp|
|Tourism region||Masai Mara/South Rift|
|Address||Head Office - Nairobi|
Kilima Camp is located on the edge of the Siria escarpment (also called Oloololo escarpment) at an altitude of 1,800 meters above sea level hence the name kilima which means "mountain or little hill in Swahili". The camp is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, Latitude: -1.23696 (1°14′13.069″S) and Longitude: 35.01702 (35°01′1.254″E) on the western border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is uniquely located on the hill with fantastic and phenomenal view over the Masai Mara plains and the river Mara. It was opened in 2007 owned and operated by Escapades Limited. It has 15 guest tents with a bed capacity of 30 visitors and a total work force of 25 employees.
Kilima camp is steered by its general policy which puts emphasis on universal principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Further it is guided by a mission which indicates commitment to providing safe, comfortable and hospitable services to clients. This is envisioned by need to develop, own and manage a community based business that provides mutual respect and benefits to the local people. The facility has an environmental management system with operational guidelines on general management , environmental management, purchasing, resources use including water, energy and waste, community involvement, guests integration and staff development. The facility conducts its annual self-environmental audit as required by Environmental (Impact assessment and Audit) Regulations, of 2003.
The camp is built on a low environmental footprint; the guest tents are raised on wooden platforms whereas the canvas is green and beige that blends well with the natural surroundings. The footpaths are aligned with stones, sand and gravel are used to demarcate the way. The facility is also unfenced allowing wildlife to move freely. The facility encourages guests to engage in low environmental impact activities such as village visits, bird watching, horse riding and nature walks. The camp partners with the Mara Triangle conservancy on collating information through wildlife monitoring initiatives. In addition it has established a linkage with Mara Cheetah Project aimed at research data collection and guests’ sensitization. The camp guides have been recognized by Mara Cheetah project for their continued support on wildlife conservation. In promoting conservation, the facility is in the process of developing a conservancy in its surrounding and has already leased 320 acres and sets aside 5 USD per guest per night to be used in the startup stages.
|Waste water management|
Effluent from the guest kitchen flows through a grease trap to filter out oils and grease before draining into a soak pit. Grey waste water from the laundry, guest rooms and staff quarters is managed via soak pits. Quarterly effluent tests are conducted at the facility in compliance with Environmental Management and Coordination (Water Quality) Regulations of 2006. Black water within the facility; guest area, public areas and staff quarters and public areas is managed through septic tanks; the facility has a total of twelve (12) septic tanks.
|Solid waste management|
Waste separation at the camp is conducted at source. The bins are clearly labeled and color coded. The waste is put in holding area for further sorting before disposal via Nairobi central office for recycling. In addition the camp keeps an inventory (types and quantity) of the waste produced for monitoring purposes. The camp has a waste tracking form to ensure waste is delivered to the intended destination in Nairobi. Organic waste is composted in a properly designed pit. The pit is fitted with a cover to keep off scavengers. On waste reduction, the camp has implemented a ‘no plastic policy’; instead water for consumption purposes is bought in 18 litres re-usable dispensers and put in refillable branded glass bottles.
The generator has a soundproof body to reduce on noise pollution. Low light emitting paraffin Lanterns are used to light the pathways at night.
Main source of water for Kilima camp is obtained from the facility’s artificial dam. The water is solar pumped on a high elevated reservoir of 7,500 litres for treatment. It flows via gravity to two (2) reservoirs of 10,000 litres each (float switches are fixed to avert spillage). It is metered at the main inlet and main outlet and sub-metered at main consumption points. Recording is done daily to monitor usage. The facility has a water extraction Permit from (WRMA) Water Resources Management Authority.
Solar and wind power connected to an inverter battery system are the main sources of energy for the camp. The energy is used for lighting and running the electrical appliances. In addition, the camp has two– 12 KvA and 15KvA - diesel powered generators normally used as backup or charging the power inverter batteries. They are also used for operating air compressors or welding works. Diesel consumption is monitored whereas the power output is metered. Water heating for the camp is conducted through solar water heaters. The camp has (8) eight solar heaters with a capacity of 300 litres each. The heaters are connected to (3) three, back- up efficient kuni-boilers that use charcoal briquettes. The boilers are insulated for energy efficiency.
|Visitor communication & education|
Visitor communication and education
Diesel is stored in two reservoirs of 200 liters each. The camp uses biodegradable bathroom amenities in the guest tents, e.g. bathing soaps and shampoos supplied by Cinnabar Green. Biodegradable laundry chemicals used include Bio-clean and Snowflakes. Material Safety Data Sheet records for the chemicals used within the facility are available at the facility. Gas is bought in 50kg and 12kg cylinders and stored in a properly contained structure.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment|
The camp has employed approximately 60% of the staff from the local area. In addition, all casual work is allocated to the local people. The camp purchases from the local Mara Rianta town and local village where possible. Some of these products include milk, manure for camp garden, and curios.
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites|
The camp offers village visits for an authentic cultural experience at Iltolish village. Visitors are offered cultural lectures by the village elders. Guests are charged $20 per person for the visit. The system is established in such a way that there is no direct exchange of money. The fee is paid at the camp and the guest issued with a ticket. The proceeds are later channeled to the local village chairperson for distribution. The camp has a curio shop; most of the products sold are sourced from the local villages.
|Business Practises Criteria|
|Purchasing and supplies|
The camp purchases fruits and vegetables packed in reusable crates while meat and dairy products are stored in cool boxes. Other products like sugar is bought in bulk.
|Health and safety|
The camp has an emergency plan with clear spelt out procedures on fire, medical care and evacuation.
|Employment and remuneration/staff welfare|
Employees have a staff welfare committee which handles and addresses staff issues. It meets on monthly basis. The employees are registered under KUDHEIHA (Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers).
|Child labor, abuse and human rights|
The facility adheres to the legal employment age.
|Staff education, communication and awareness training|
The facility has two (2) guides who are certified under the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association: (KPSGA) silver and Bronze. The camp offers its employees refresher course training at Kenya Utalii College. Further in house trainings are conducted on work skills / professional development, and health and safety.
|Date Created||10th November 2017|
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