New African Territories is purposefully comprised of a group of camps and lodges that takes their involvement and impact within their local surroundings very seriously. All make sure to employ and train people from the local surroundings in hospitality, providing a source of income and trickledown effect for the local people.
Most of the properties are also based in their own private conservancies or protected areas, and they work hard to sustain an eco-tourism friendly environment: conserving the area by implementing a nightly conservation fee, employing game scouts as well as operating their properties in the most eco-friendly way as possible.
Sabuk Lodge is a proud member of ‘Pack for a Purpose’, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
As New African Territories we to are also part of the initiative, supporting the Waithaka Library, just down the road from our office, in Dagoretti, Karen. It’s a fantastic project run by a dedicated and energetic team of young men and women.
Desks, textbooks, novels and learning materials are all provided to allow children to continue their studies after school hours. Many of these homes often have no access to electricity and do not provide a safe and quite place for the children to learn. The library is a safe space for the children to take refuge from the world.
Donations to the library help over 30,000 children from 12 public schools in the surrounding areas to study.
These volunteers dedicate thousands of man hours to help these eager children and ensure they get the best out of their time at the library and their education.
See the weblinks here to take part!
- Lobarishereki School – Sabuk Lodge
- Waithaka Library – New African Territories
Alex Walker’s Serian
In the Mara the camps support sustainable tourism in the key dispersal areas of the Mara North Conservancy adjacent to both the Maasai Mara & the Maswa Reserve in Tanzania. Serian‘s focus is on the traditional, natural and wildlife experience during your stay with them and on safari. Alex Walker’s Serian have endeavored to employ a significant number of Maasai as room stewards and general staff from the local area, as well as employing the majority of their guides from Koyaki Guiding School.
Owner Verity doesn’t just see it as part of her duty to help the community around her, but she enjoys making a difference too – especially as far as education is concerned. This is an especially prevalent issue for young girls, in a predominantly pastoralist community where girls frequently leave school before they have finished primary level. As well as paying a bed night fee for every guest that stays at Sabuk to the Nalare community, the Lodge has built a girls school and been very involved with funding furniture, learning materials, fencing, solar panels, batteries & computers for local schools, such as Lobarishereki School. In collaboration with guests, Sabuk has installed two bore holes in the community areas bringing essential and vital fresh water to the local communities and their livestock. Sabuk also works closely with the local women’s group and Verity has taught them how to make and sell unique ‘Elephant-dung paper’, as well as starting a beading project and plan to start a community based project making soaps from the local aloe plant.
Sabuk Lodge is also a member of Pack for a Purpose, a meaningful initiative that assists travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they are visiting! Click here to see how you can assist Lobarishereki School and the students in this remote part of Kenya.
The Loita Maasai are a clan reputed to be the most conservative of the Maasai tribe-dedicated to their traditional ways steeped in tradition, ceremonies and rites of passage. These Maasai have integrated with the Maasai Trails outfit which suits them perfectly, preferring to shy away from large scale tourism and work instead with such walking trails that provide an income, but most importantly, help them conserve their sacred Loita Forest as well as their culture. As part of the walking trails, guests learn about the culture and customs of the Maasai tribe, their traditional use of plants and hunting methods… and they might even visit a Maasai boma (homestead) along their trail. The camps are mobile and have a soft footprint… sustainable tourism at its best… and guests explore this magnificent wilderness whilst contributing to its preservation as well.