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.
A number of our camps are proud members of Pack for aPurpose, 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.
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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.
Because of its remoteness and it‘s organic style of building with sustainable products and use of solar power, Desert Rose is the perfect model for eco-tourism, providing their guests a more natural experience – hiking, forest walking, camel walking, river sliding and so forth – than the more conventional ‘game drive’ one comes to Africa or Kenya to partake in. Most significantly, Desert Rose provides support to the local and very remote Turkana, Samburu and Pokot communities by assisting them with fresh water and supporting the local schools and sponsoring student scholarships. Education is the key to the future of a healthy and stable nation and by helping students in far-flung locations such as the Northern Frontier, everybody is given a fair opportunity.
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.
The very idea of Kipalo Hills came about due to talks between the local community of Mbulia and a tourism company that had recently been escorted around the area by the Tsavo West game warden. The area was an essential dry-season dispersal area for over 700 elephant, and 200 buffalo… and with the increase of poachers in the area, the community knew it needed protecting. Four years later, the 12,000 acre Mbulia Conservancy is now demarcated and is where Kipalo Hills Camp is situated, with plans to fence it into Tsavo West National Park. Kipalo Hills employs 12 gamescouts from the local community to patrol the conservancy and their efforts continue to make a monumental difference; just their patrols mean that wildlife, even the elusive African Wild Dog (whose presence incidentally signifies a healthy environment) are returning and feeling safe in the conservation land. Conservation fees from paying guests at Kipalo Hills go towards the running of the conservation and the protection of its wildlife, and bed-nights fees are paid to the local community for social projects.
Whilst we are no longer involved with operations, we did create this conservancy and lodge, so this is more about “what we stand for” in this case.