We believe true ecotourism should be based on the use of the best available technologies, have the lowest impact on the environment.
That is what is guiding us in the day to day running of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
We built everything by employing local Maasai people, teaching them how to build. We used only local materials, and not a single tree was cut.
State of the art technology was applied for the use of renewable resources.
We use photovoltaic panels to transform sunlight into electricity. This is stored in a bank of batteries. Three interfaced inverters transform the continuous current in alternate current, at 220V and 415V. From the inverters, electricity runs through the entire camp, running all our appliances, from lamps to fridges. Nice to know that every electric need we have is generated by the sun, with absolutely no impact on the environment! Carbon footprint: zero!
Water is our scarcest resource. We cropped our rains with a special water catchment system, of about 12,000 square meters (140,000 square ft.) and through our roof system (1,500 square meters, or 16,000 square ft.). Water is then stored in PVC tanks and bladders, whose combined capacity is 1,600,000 liters (about 400,000 gallons). To our knowledge, we are the only lodge in East Africa whose water needs are entirely covered by rain cropping. Carbon footprint: zero!
We recycled both gray waters and black waters, with special filters imported from Europe. An anaerobic reaction assures the purity of water at the exit of the system. Final stage filtration is assured by a reed bed. Water is then used in ponds for the wildlife.
The use of specially imported ecological soaps assures the perfect chemical purity of the water.
We utilized special low energy dishwashers and washing machines, to save on water consumption.
Hot water is heated by a central solar system. Carbon footprint: zero
A water meter monitored the consumption of each unit.
We avoid buying from unsustainable farming practices.
In the kitchen, we cooked meals using special eco-friendly charcoal produced by the United Nations Environment Project. It is made with coffee husks, a by-product of coffee farming. We compost our food scraps for use in our organic vegetable garden; we also have few chickens and few cows, for the organic production of eggs and milk.
Our staff is trained to assure the minimization of garbage production. All organic wastes are transformed into compost. The rest of the wastes are selected for recycling when viable, the remaining get incinerated in a special incinerator built on a UN recommendation.
We are also carbon neutral. All carbon emissions related to running the lodge and transportation to and from the lodge, within Kenya, are offset toward the Chyulu REDD+ Carbon Project.