Sustainability at Klein's Camp
At &Beyond we seek to maintain a low impact on the land while deriving high yield for our conservation initiatives by creating very small luxury lodges that support enormous tracts of biodiverse land, which remains untouched. At every lodge we seek out small (and sometimes not so small) but meaningful ways of putting our values into action every day. Each &Beyond lodge supports the conservation of wildlife and contributes to its neighbouring communities in one way or another. In addition, we seek to limit our impact in terms of fossil fuels, the use of renewable energy, water and waste management, and recycling.
At Klein's Camp, geysers, offices and certain staff canteen facilities are solar powered.
Current Sustainability projects at Klein's Camp
A New Ambulance for the Ololosokwan Clinic
Much excitement surrounded the unveiling of a smart new ambulance at the Ololosokwan Clinic in June 2006. The ambulance was donated by the Africa Foundation, our social development partner, and sourced and prepped by Klein's Camp. The innovative staff from Klein's Camp, situated in a remote corner of Tanzania's game rich northern Serengeti, sourced and converted a 4x4 safari vehicle into an ambulance, providing the clinic with a means to access the communities it serves.
A new Clinic for the Ololosokwan Community
Together with the Africa Foundation, &Beyond's social development partner, a new clinic has been constructed in the Ololosokwan community to provide approximately 10 000 people from the nearby Maasai villages with a fully functional dispensary.
Working closely with the Africa Foundation, Klein's Camp rangers take groups of Maasai children on game drives. This exposes them to the wonder of nature, and is enhanced by lessons in environmental awareness and the value of ecotourism to local communities.
Every tree has a sunshine lining
&Beyond Klein’s Camp has drastically reduced its wood consumption by 75% simply by replacing each guest suite’s environmentally-expensive wood burning boilers with free solar energy geysers. They also replaced the wood stoves in the staff canteen with gas ones.
Monitoring of leopard and other wildlife
Following the example of other &Beyond safari lodges, guides at Klein's Camp have honed the skill of tracking and approaching Leopards in such a way that these shy and elusive cats are relaxed in the presence of game-viewing vehicles. Individual recognition of territorial Leopards is now possible and the movements, diet and behaviour of these animals is carefully documented. All interesting mammal, bird and reptile observations are recorded on an ongoing basis and published in &Beyond's 'WildWatch' annual.
Mwemwe Ranger Training School
With experience gained at the Inkwazi Ranger Training School at Phinda in South Africa, &Beyond has established Mwewe as the only facility of its kind in northern Tanzania. Learners go through basic and advanced courses before being offered employment at lodges. With an extensive library Mwewe is also used for regional workshops held among guides from other &Beyond lodges.
Support of Anti-poaching Team
An anti-poaching team comprising members of the local community have been provided with logistical support and uniforms, in order to limit the illegal hunting of wildlife within the Klein's Camp concession. Close and sympathetic liaison is essential in this border area where Maasai pastoralists move freely between Tanzania and Kenya.