Masai Mara safari & volunteering holiday in Kenya

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Masai Mara safari & volunteering holiday in Kenya

Environment

Karen Blixen Camp is located is a pretty valley outside the main Mara Reserve and overlooking the Mara River. The camp has excellent eco-credentials, using solar panels to generate all of the power to run the camp and to heat water for showers and cooking, waste water treatment systems, composting of organic waste from the kitchens, recycling, and a vegetable storage room using sustainably sourced charcoal and water to keep the produce cool without the need for a refridgerator. The camp also set up a forestry school in 2012 to educate Maasai youth about planting trees and the benefits to the environment as well as providing a sustainable income. The camp grows more than 10,000 seedlings to support the school and guests are invited to plant a tree as part of their stay if they wish. We work with Friends of Conservation to offset carbon for your travel, as an option for all holidays booked through them.

Community

The project organiser is a non-profit organisation which arranges trips to visit local communities around the world, allowing travellers a genuine insight into the cultures of the countries they are visiting. It works alongside the Canadian charity Free the Children, whose Adopt a Village model includes provision of clean water, sanitation, education, health, alternative income and agricultural education with the ultimate goal of helping the villages become fully self-sustained with an improved quality of life. Spending three or seven days with us will allow you to spend time interacting with the rural communities, collecting water with the Maasai mamas, visiting health clinics and schools and getting a genuine insight into their lives. You will be part of a group of up to 40 individuals from around the world, a mix of all age groups, couples and families, all with a wish to learn and make a difference on their travels. Karen Blixen Camp works closely with the local community, providing employment as well as other opportunities. The camp created a hospitality school in 2012 to educate local people in cooking, IT and languages to provide employment possibilities for their future. Many graduates have gone on to work for Karen Blixen Camp and elsewhere.

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