The Safari Collection is heavily focused on sustainability and giving back. It is at the heart and soul of everything we do. Our ethos is to be low impact, community and conservation orientated to the core and to have a significant positive influence on the people and environment around us.

More and more our guests are interested in travelling to sustainable destinations or getting involved with conservation or community projects on the ground. With this in mind we have a created a ‘Menu of Giving’ to show our guests how they have already contributed to our programs by choosing a TSC property. The menu also describes how one can get more involved or even contribute to one of our community and conservation projects.

Giraffe Manor

How your stay contributes already:

  • Rothschild’s giraffe conservation and breeding – Giraffe Manor is a breeding centre for the highly endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. Since the breeding project started in the 1960s Rothschild’s giraffe numbers in the wild have risen from around 100 to 800.
  • African fund for endangered wildlife (AFEW) – For each guest that stays at Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection donates US$ 10 to AFEW and their wildlife conservation projects across Kenya.

Taking part:

  • Karen C Primary School – Visit the Karen C Primary School and meet the teachers and children – free.
  • One Horizon – Volunteer to work at a One Horizon feeding centre, school or women’s centre for the a day in one of Nairobi’s slums – around US$ 175 per person per day depending on programme.

Contribute financially:

  • Make a donation to the Karen C Primary School to buy textbooks or help with providing school meals.
  • Make a donation to one of The Safari Collection’s health projects such as a dental mission or eye mission to offer medical help to those unable to afford it.

Sala’s Camp

How your stay contributes already:

  • Park fees – Each guest contributes to the running of the Masai Mara by paying a US$ 70 park fee which is essential to funding the running costs of the reserve and protecting its incredible wildlife populations.
  • Conservation fees – Each guest contributes $40 in a conservation fee which is distributed among the local communities adjacent to the reserves creating an enduring link between conservation and development.
  • Rhino conservation – The camp is situated in a rhino sanctuary area and The Safari Collection donates US$ 5 per night for each guest to the Rhino Monitoring Team to assist with fuel, training and their daily activities.

Taking part:

  • Mara Cheetah Project – Have lunch with the Mara Cheetah Project researchers and hear all about their work – free but subject to availability.
  • Predator hub – Visit the Predator Hub Research Centre and meet the Mara Cheetah Project and Mara Lion Project researchers and discover more about their conservation of big cats – free but may incur a cost for exclusive use of vehicle and subject to availability.
  • Big cat conservation – Spend a day with our conservation vehicle monitoring big cats in the Maasai Mara – free.
  • Big cat monitoring – Send in photos of lion and cheetah sightings to the Mara Cheetah Project and Mara Lion Project to assist them with their population monitoring – free.

Contribute financially:

  • Make a donation to one of The Safari Collection’s health projects such as a dental mission or eye mission to offer medical help to those unable to afford it.
  • Make a donation to the Mara Cheetah Project to assist their conservation work.
  • Make a donation towards the running costs of our conservation vehicle to protect cheetah and lion populations in the Masai Mara.
  • Sponsor a TEAMTalk project with the local communities focusing on health, female empowerment, FGM reduction and HIV awareness.

Solio Lodge

How your stay contributes already:

  • Conservation fees – Each guest pays an US$ 80 conservation fee towards the running of the Solio Conservancy and its rhino conservation programme. There are over 250 rhinos on Solio Conservancy and it is internationally recognised as the most successful private rhinoceros breeding conservancy in Kenya. It is responsible for having trans-located over 100 black and 60 white rhinoceros to other parts of Kenya over the years, including 6 to Uganda.

Taking part:

  • Anti-poaching pony patrol – Spend a day with the Mount Kenya Trust anti-poaching pony patrols riding in the Mount Kenya national park – US$ 150 per person minimum donation.
  • Young conservationists – Visit a local school with your guide to hold an art competition and take the winners for a game drive on Solio Conservancy – US$ 450 per group to cover the cost of exclusive use of vehicle for a day.

Contribute financially:

  • Make a donation to one of The Safari Collection’s health projects such as a dental mission or eye mission to offer medical help to those unable to afford it.
  • Make a donation to our school building programme to help local children to get the best education in life.
  • Sponsor a high achieving student to attend secondary school through our sponsorship and mentoring programme.
  • Sponsor a TEAMTalk project with the local communities focusing on health, female empowerment, FGM reduction and HIV awareness.

Sasaab

How your stay contributes already:

  • Conservation fees – Each guest pays a US$ 40 conservation fee towards the running of the Westgate Conservancy on which Sasaab is situated. There are over 600 families living in the Westgate Conservancy and the conservation fee contributes to the daily running costs of the conservancy and wildlife management, as well as proving clean water, building schools and maintaining dirt roads. Bringing tourism to the area has for the first time allowed the community to see the value of having wildlife in their midst and helped enormously to reduce human-wildlife conflict. As a result wildlife is increasing in the area year on year.
  • Samburu National Reserve fees – Each guest contributes to the running of Samburu National Reserve by paying a US$ 70 park fee which is an essential contribution to the running costs of the reserve to secure its unique wildlife for future generations.

Taking part:

  • Ewaso Lions – Visit the Ewaso Lion research centre and meet the team protecting lions in northern Kenya – subject to availability and a donation required.
  • Ewaso Lions – Have dinner with conservationists Shivani or Jeneria from the Ewaso Lions team and find about more about the challenges of lion conservation in Kenya – subject to availability.
  • Grevy’s Zebra Trust – Visit the Grevy’s Zebra Trust research camp – subject to availability.
  • Samburu visit – Visit a local school or Samburu village with your guide – free and it should be noted this is an authentic experience.
  • Women’s co-operative – Visit the women’s beading co-operatives at Westgate Village.
  • SAFE Samburu – Join the SAFE Samburu team on one of their educational performances at a marketplace or village – during weeks when they are performing only.

Contribute financially:

  • Make a donation to one of The Safari Collection’s health projects such as a dental mission or eye mission to offer medical help to those unable to afford it
  • Make a donation to our School Food programme which provides free school meals at two schools close to the lodge.
  • Make a donation to the SAFE Samburu project which focuses on community issues such as FGM, HIV and early marriage.
  • Buy seed for grasslands rehabilitation.
  • Sponsor a high achieving student to attend secondary school through our sponsorship and mentoring programme.

This ‘Menu of Giving’ is designed to give potential donors ideas for what types of projects they are able to donate to and how their donations might be used. It is not exhaustive and there are many other potential projects to sponsor. All sizes of donations are hugely important to our sustainability programme and greatly appreciated.

100% of donations are used for the project specified by the donor and there are no admin costs or other expenses deducted. For more information on any of this menu please contact us using sustainability@thesafaricollection.com.

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