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  1. Hello folks, I have been instructed to share with you some updates from here in Iringa and Ruaha national park. We have just hooked up with Pack For A Purpose so that you can now find a list of things to bring with you on safari that will make a big difference to people who will really appreciate it. Paul Tickner Safaris supports the Mkuyu Guide School which provides training and opportunities for local young people in the safari industry. You can find out more about that here and find the packing list here Follow us on social media for regular updates from the school. Safari wise we have had some wonderful times in Ruaha with some great people recently. Here is a sequence from one particularly incredible sighting we had when 5 lions pulled down a young elephant right in front of us. Read the comments section for added enjoyment We are just announcing a group safari in partnership with Reis Voyage for 2016. The safari will take in the Ngorogoro Crater, the Serengeti, Ruaha national park and Mafia Island and promises to be a very special safari indeed, guided all the way by myself. You can find out more with this PDF Thanks everybody and I hope to see some of you in Ruaha, Mafia Island and southern Tanzania very soon!
  2. To secure the wildlife around camps in the greater Mara ecosystem, many lodge owners have over the last few years leased land for wildlife conservancies giving them the possibility to better control the wildlife experience for their guests while paying the Maasai landowners to keep the wildlife alive on their land and averting the 'de-wilding' process that normally happens as land is converted to food production...this conservancy movement has shown that leasing land to remain extensive and open, unfenced and inhabited by a wide variety of wild animal species has given the landowners very good alternative to farming and land fragmentation, and it has been good for the local Maasai people, their culture, the wildlife and the tourism industry. However, with the security issues the country has recently had to face and which undoubtedly has the potential to reduce tourism arrivals to the country, some conservancies may not be able to meet their payment commitments to their landowners....The consequences of not having these conservancy payments underwritten and guaranteed is clear; it can result in the loss of trust by landlords, reversal of all the good conservation work that has been achieved and may well prompt the removal of wildlife from these conservancies and conversion of this land to farming. Should wildlife in Kenya - or anywhere for that matter - be dependent only on the sensitive and fickle tourism industry ? What would give the wildlife conservancies more financial resilience?
  3. The Children in the Wilderness Botswana Camp took place at Banoka Camp during December 2013. Looks like we might have at least one future pilot for Wilderness Air... But seriously, the life skills these children acquire just a week or two of instruction, combined with educational activities, games and career guidance is impressive... and very rewarding!
  4. Children in the Wilderness (CITW) has partnered with professional soccer player, Gordon Gilbert to launch Soccer in the Wilderness – an inspirational programme combining the fun of sport with education to raise environmental awareness in local communities in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Gordon has played professionally for Kaizer Chiefs, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Moroka Swallows, to name a few, and is a wildlife enthusiast committed to making a difference. From 5 to 9 November 2013, the inaugural Soccer in the Wilderness clinics took place at Sinde Football Club, Twabuka Middle School and with Wilderness Safaris’ staff at Toka Leya Camp in Zambia and Jabulani Primary School in Zimbabwe.
  5. Not sure if this has been posted before. I couldn't find it on a quick search. Thought you might all find it interesting. I believe we all know what "Green-Washing" is, but for the sake of those who may not, it's basically talking big about your "green" credentials, while washing over your biggest environmental issues. It's a way to get conscious travellers to visit your establishment without really being eco or community friendly. There are MANY ways to improve your green credentials, from solar energy, to staff salaries, to sourcing locally produced food, etc. It seems one of the criteria Colin Bell uses in his book/article here is that camps SHOULD NOT be sending all their revenue to overseas bank accounts. I tend to agree. One of the biggest criteria for me for a lodge in a developing country is that it should be contributing to the local economy. So if all the money ends up somewhere else, and if all the materials, decor, and everything else is sourced from overseas, what good are you doing for the national and local economy? Pretty much none. Anyway, sorry to keep you reading my useless ramblings: here's the article
  6. As this topic has come up before regarding camps in Kenya and Botswana, we thought it would be prudent to explain what we as a camp do to try to minimize our impact on the environment while maximising our impact on conservation and local communities. All of Encounter Mara is designed to have the lowest impact possible on the surrounding environment while providing a comfortable, classic safari experience as well as tangible benefits for local conservation and community development efforts. Elements of this eco-friendly design include: 100% Solar Power – All tents have plenty of light provided through low-wattage bulbs, run solely off of Solar power. Only the dining tent is equipped with electrical outlets for charging electronics/batteries which is also provided solely through solar power Eco-friendly waste water system – All waste water is treated and filtered before disposal Eco-friendly cooking and heating methods – All cooking is done on pressurized gas from Nairobi or eco-friendly recycled charcoal briquettes. Boilers for hot water also use eco-friendly charcoal, and camp fires use wood from sustainable plantations in Limuru. Minimal plastic waste – All drinking water is decanted from large 20 litre containers of mineral water from Limuru into glass bottles in the rooms and aluminium bottles for activities to avoid excessive wastage of small plastic bottles. We support the “Throttle The Bottle”campaign – a new initiative to help sensitize East Africans to the menace that plastic waste presents to our lives. Completely removable infrastructure – All structures in camp are either constructed completely out of canvas, or temporary woodwork. No cement has been used in construction, and no structure is permanent. Replanting of trees – In order to offset the impact of the use of wood furniture and carbon emissions, one indigenous tree is planted, and nurtured to maturity, in Limuru for every guest that stays at the camp. Locally Grown Vegetables – All vegetables come from our own vegetable garden in Limuru or from local Limuru farmers, using sustainable agricultural practices, and are supplemented by a small vegetable/herb garden in camp, with no chemical pesticide use. Biodegradable soaps – In order to avoid contaminating the local ground-water, all guest soap and shampoo is organic, and biodegradable. Traditional canvas bucket showers This aids in water conservation whilst still providing as much water as requested for hot showers Laundry Schedule – Planned washing of linen and towels once every three nights or with new guests (unless specifically requested otherwise) helps to conserve water Rainwater harvesting – Large collection tanks harvest rainwater from roof gutters for multiple uses within camp. Waste separation – All solid, inorganic waste from camp is separated and categorized to be sent back to Nairobi for recycling or disposal. All organic waste is composted in camp. Local employment – More than 90% of the staff at Encounter Mara Camp are from the Maasai communities immediately surrounding Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Support of Koiyaki Guiding School – For every guest that stays at Encounter Mara, one day of school fees is paid for a student at Koiyaki Guiding School. Support of local conservation – Encounter Mara Camp is affiliated with African Impact and it’s Masai Mara conservation volunteer program . This program involves work with Koiyaki Guiding School, cheetah monitoring with the Kenya Wildlife Trust, lion conservation and research through the Mara Naboisho Lion Project, and community development. For Encounter Mara, being a part of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy’s leadership in community-based conservation was a major motivation for the establishment of the camp. We believe that the best way for the truly sustainable conservation of Africa’s wildlife is to work closely with local communities and ensure real benefits to those living in and around precious ecosystems, such as the Masai Mara. We are privileged to work alongside great visionaries in the Naboisho community who have led the way in preserving their own land for the future and providing a sustainable income for their families. We are committed to responsible low-impact tourism operations, employment of local communities and being part of creative solutions to the many problems facing surrounding communities and the conservation of the Masai Mara ecosystem, as well as Kenya’s wider natural environment. We believe the time has come for true consultation with local communities and for partnerships that involve a different brand of tourism, which do not exploit or commercialize local cultures and communities. We believe in an authentic guest experience that embraces our great respect for the Masai people’s culture and our own passion for the conservation of the incredible wildlife surrounding the camp. We understand that some of our guests may wish to contribute or make donations to local community projects. Such donations can easily be made to local schools or health centres. Please visit the website below for a guide of what items make the biggest impact and how to fit them into your luggage. We are also now proud to be corporate members of two prominent East African Conservation Organizations:
  7. The crowds have left Masai Mara, but the wildlife in Mara Naboisho Conservancy is still bursting at the seams. Many thousands of wildebeest from the Loita plains to the North-East are still "Loitaring" (sorry, couldn't help it) around and gnu-ing across the plains with lions in tow. Elephants are back in large numbers, and our clients are seeing more and more leopards every month! So you see, right now is a FANTASTIC time to visit Encounter Mara Camp, so you can experience all this wonderful wildlife without anyone else around to spoil it for you! Book to stay at Encounter Mara any time between now and the 14th of December 2012 and get 50% off from your second night onwards! *offer valid only for New Non Resident bookings, and cannot be combined with other specials.

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