Giraffe Manor and wildlife safari in Kenya

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Giraffe Manor and wildlife safari in Kenya

Environment

We know our wildlife; in fact it is buried within the roots of our company and will always be so. In the 1970s Giraffe Manor took in some highly endangered Rothschild giraffes as part of a conservation project run by the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife). Since then the Rothschild giraffes have thrived in their home of the 140 acres indigenous jungle, along with warthog, dik dik, waterbuck and over 180 species of birds. The hotel, together with the associated Giraffe Centre next door, operates a breeding programme aimed at reintroducing the species back into Kenya’s protected wild areas. Giraffe Manor and Sasaab Camp are owned and run by The Safari Collection, where eco tourism is the very backbone of the company ethos. Their conservation team is committed to protecting, maintaining and enhancing the incredible landscapes in which the hotels are located. One of the companies projects is The Mara Cheetah Project which provides guides with cameras and GPS so they can photograph their cheetah sightings and logged with the Kenya Wildlife Trust. This project also conducts training workshops for the guides.

Whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets and to savouring rain water for washing, to using solar power heating. Accommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally eco-lodges where we can. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects to get involved with.

We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destinations, and at home in the UK, where our offices are based. We work in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries, to avoid leaving any litter (whether it is biodegradable or not).

Community

Where possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Through the employment of our local ground operators, who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that otherwise might not benefit from tourism, as well as giving jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals.

Sasaab Camp was born out of the need to create a community tourism project to help protect and preserve the remote wilderness area in Kenya’s arid north. The camp was built high above the Ewaso Nyiro River to protect it from the seasonal flooding and so it can function all year round. The Safari Collection contribute towards the school food program providing a daily school meal each day and the scholarship program which provides two places to girls for secondary education. Giraffe Manor partnered with The Youth Building Green Program to develop a kitchen garden at The Karen C primary school which use the produce from the garden to help supplement the school meals. The Safari Collection have partnered with EGHO and The Tag Rugby Trust for Team Talks project which is an innovative project intended to encourage empowerment of girls and considerable improvement to health and sexual education by using sports as a medium. During the quiet times at the hotels, the guides visit the local schools and give talks about conservation and encourage students to form positive attitudes towards wildlife and the environment. They hold competitions in the school with game drives as prizes for students. The company is also heavily invested in the School Building program, the S.A.F.E Samburu project and many local health community projects as well.

We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the “thing to do”; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in min local cultures.

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