Reteti represents an ever-growing movement of grass roots level, community focused conservation that is gaining huge momentum in Northern Kenya. Once heavily poached and severely degraded by instability, the northern rangeland is now restoring itself through transparent, self-governed community conservancies that promote the preservation of natural resources in order to create stability, employment and revenue.
Reteti is designed to Rescue and release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, whilst creating much needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them. This is seen through the representation of the communities standing up united for wildlife, in recognition of the value that they can cultivate.
ECO TOURISM &
All Sarara initiatives strive to leave as low an environmental footprint as possible. We are entirely solar powered, using Tesla Powerwalls and SMA technology through a highly effective program with the GivePower foundation. This power has allowed for the construction of the Reteti Laboratory, which provides quick time analysis for individualized care of the Elephant orphans. Each room in the lodges has a solar hot water unit, and all shower and cleaning products are eco friendly and organic. We run the main kitchen on a biogas system, and manage our own organic vegetable garden. All waste is recycled or upcycled, and all visitors are given a complimentary steel water bottle on arrival in order to cut back on plastic. Wine bottles are turned into high end glasses, and plastics are converted into robust ropes and material by the Namunyak Women’s groups.
At Sarara we believe that conservation is as much about people as it is wildlife. With an ever changing demographic in rural Kenya, and as the country develops at rapid rates, the pressure on all wild spaces is unprecedented. We believe that building capacity at the grass roots levels, and equipping communities with the right tools to improve their livelihoods, whilst protecting their land holds the key to wilderness preservation.
The mobile Montessori program provides access to effective and relevant education to the Samburu community living within Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, The program remains sensitive to traditions, and offer a highly effective and practical form of learning. The entire teacher team is from the Local community and is managed by AMI, Association Monterssori Internationale.
Namunyak Conservancy was set up in 1995, and encompasses the entire Mathews Range, a key water tower for Northern Kenya and home to one of Kenya’s largest elephant populations. The 850,000 acre conservancy hosts approximately 2,300 registered families that collectively own and manage the land, using it for their livestock, honey gathering and wildlife conservation. The conservancy locally employs sixty eight wildlife rangers to patrol the Afro Montane cloud forest and savannah plains below. It also hosts the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, and a wildlife research and monitoring program in partnership with San Diego Global. The conservancy falls under the umbrella of the Northern Rangelands Trust, and has been a flagship model that has spearheaded the community conservation movement in Kenya.