Sanctuary Olonana has been "Gold Eco-Rated" by Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of the camp's continuous and innovative commitment to conservation and responsible tourism. Sanctuary Olonana is one of only five properties in Kenya to be awarded with a gold eco-rating.
Like all Sanctuary properties, Sanctuary Olonana operates around the ethos of “Luxury, naturally”. One of the camp's key projects is an innovative wetland system designed to allow enhanced water conservation. In order to combat increasing deforestation and cultivate trees that are indigenous to the Masai Mara, the camp also has dedicated tree nursery where guests can plant trees. Since the project began in 2000, almost 5000 trees have been planted. There is an organic garden where much of the food served in camp is grown. The camp also supports a number of community projects at Enkereri village close to Sanctuary Olonana, to extend gas piping into designated "cooking huts" in the village in order for them to make use of biogas, a renewable energy source used for cooking and heat.
Furthermore, we are working with the village on a project to harvest rainwater for use in a small organic garden and a tree seedling nursery. The project also would reuse the residue sludge from the biogas system, ensuring there is no waste or environmental impact from this endeavour.
The implementation of this sustainable energy source will benefit the Maasai of Enkereri in a number of ways:
Rather than spending time harvesting and collecting firewood, the Maasai women can useir the time on income generating projects such as beadwork and beekeeping, while at the same time minimising the need for walking in search of firewood and reducing the incidence of human-wildlife conflict.
By using biogas for fuel, there is less pressure to harvest wood from the forest, decreasing the threat and burden on fragile woodlands and forests near Maasai villages.
This form of fuel decreases the number of flies in the village and with this, the incidence of fly born/transmitted infections and diseases. Enkereri Village, with a population of 200, is located at the foot of the Siria Escarpment close to Sanctuary Olonana. This Maasai village actively works on projects to improve the way of life and education for its people.
In 2005, the village built a small school for children aged 2-6. Now, with the help of Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy and guests at Sanctuary Olonana, the village is planning a series of improvements including two new classrooms for older children, planting additional trees around the school, new fencing to increase the safety for students and the provision of key equipment and materials for education and activities. For more information please visit our website at www.sanctuaryretreats.com or you are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
On: 04 July 2012