Community & Conservation

Conservation

In the Mathews Mountain Range, Kitich Camp is situated in the 800,000 acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy established in 1995 by the local communities to promote wildlife conservation and socio-economic development through sustainable utilization of natural resources. The conservancy is facilitated by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), who provide capacity building at grassroot level to empower elected community trustees to effectively manage their own conservancy, increase security for wildlife, protect natural resources, resolve grazing conflicts and establish sustainable enterprises.

Kitich is a key tourism partner for Namunyak, employing 80% of its staff from the surrounding communities and paying conservation fees collected from guests on a US$40 per person per night basis. 60% of this income is used to fund community development, while 40% is used to fund annual operations costs of Namunyak.
Sustainable tourism

Kitich Camp has been awarded “Silver Level” by the internationally recognised Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility. The camp achieves environmental best practice by combining old fashioned safari camp know-how with latest technology, relying entirely on solar power and using only LED lighting. Rubbish is responsibly disposed of or recycled. Glass is separated and sold to the recycling plant ‘Central Glass’ in Nairobi.

We also encourage guests to take full advantage of the pristine and unexplored wilderness by opting for walks guided by Samburu warriors rather than less environmentally-friendly game drives.

Community

Since the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust was launched in March 2011, we have received US$4,885 in donations for Engilai Primary School, US$2,030 of which was allocated to purchasing 48 desks, 13 tables and 10 chairs, which were made by a carpenter local to the area. The rest of the funds, approximately US$2,855, have been allocated to building an accommodation block for two teachers, as per a proposal sent to us by the Head Teacher, though additional donations are needed to complete this project.

60% of the Conservancy Fee, paid by guests staying at Kitich is used by the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy for community development projects. Contributions so far achieved through the 60% include US$1,434 in 2010, US$3,716 in 2011 and US$6,420 in 2012 to fund 118 secondary school and 30 university bursaries, provide assistance for 20 emergency hospital bill payments and pay a school matron’s salary for a year!

Get Involved

At Kitich Camp, we are supporting Engilai Primary School which caters for 350 students from Pre School to Standard 8, ages 3 to 14. Contact Chania Frost our dedicated Project Manager, to find out exactly what Engilai Primary School currently requires and ensure that you can personally contribute to the improvement of the school and enjoy a meaningful interaction with Kenyan communities during your safari.

On your safari, through the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust, you can really make a difference to the communities you are travelling near by donating stationary, text books, uniforms, food and sports equipment in person, directly to the staff and pupils of a school. We work closely with the Committees of each school to make sure that each donation addresses a genuine need highlighted specifically by the school staff and parents.

If you are considering bringing donations from abroad, visit the Pack for a Purpose website for very specific advice on what is needed. Please do note that when flying within Kenya, the internal flight weight restriction is 15kg and may therefore limit what you can carry with you to the camps and donate to the rural communities in person. We can always, however, donate anything over and above your weight limit on your behalf at a later date.