Camps International

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Camps International offers 1 to 3 month experiences for gap year travellers and school team expedition teams. Utilising a unique system of purpose built camps, co-located and in partnership with rural communities and wildlife reserves; packages comprise a range of project work and safari with adventure challenges encompassing mountaineering and water sports.
Member since: 16 Dec 2004

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • Currently Camp Kenya employs 50 temporary and 20 permanent indigenous staff all currently supported and guided by two non-indigenous staff. This approach to employing local staff where possible also applies to our partners, Southern Cross Safaris, Southern Cross Scuba, Keys Hotel and Ice Trek.
  • The local community supply Camp Kenya with all their food, which includes fish, meat, vegetables and fruit. All project materials and building materials where possible are purchased from local suppliers.
  • Visits of a cultural aspect or to local services are provided including visiting a genuine Masai village and a mountain bike tour through the Kaya Forest to visit the Witch Doctor. All travelers are encouraged to buy souvenirs from local market traders in addition to regular visits from the local traders to camp.
  • Environmental responsibility

    • Access to water is strictly controlled by pumping water from a local bore hole, funded by Camp Kenya, into a tank at night. This tank is then used during the day for all cooking, washing and showering. The bore hole also serves the local village and school. All travellers are briefed on restricting water use and using biodegradable products.
    • Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is community owned and our project focus is to reduce the human wildlife conflict and in turn to protect the already fragile environment. Mwamba Conservation Project focuses on promoting conservation education and awareness of marine environmental issues within the local community and tourism industry.
    • Camp Kenya was constructed to provide a platform for locally driven community and wildlife based projects. Our core ethos is one of conservation and protection in all of our current and future environmental projects

    Social responsibility

    • All Camps travellers receive basic language training and an induction and orientation to local customs, beliefs and cultural traditions from the community themselves.
    • The camp itself employs local staff from the surrounding villages to work as cooks, security, drivers, housekeeping, trackers and guides and caretakers. The projects are run by our travellers and local tradesmen including masons, carpenters, builders and wildlife professionals. Camp Kenya employs 20 locals permanently and in excess of 50 part time workers to cater for peak season.
    • We have established a 3 year development programme that includes the provision of water and electricity, construction of classrooms, medical care, scholarships, sports facilities, teaching and school equipment.
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