2 Kenyan Hotels Honoured Globally For Using Solar Powered Vehicles

  • Two visitors camping at he Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia
    Two visitors camping at he Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia.
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  • The Kenyan tourism industry continues to claw itself into the clean energy future especially after the recognition of two lodges using electric vehicles for their operations.

    On Thursday, July 28, the National Geographic Magazine named two Kenyan lodges, Emboo River Camp and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, among the six new eco-safari trips to explore.

    Emboo River Camp, which is located at the Masai Mara, is the first camp nationally to convert all its vehicles into electric-models charged using solar power.

    "This is the first Maasai Mara camp with an all-electric fleet of safari vehicles: upcycled 1990s Land Rovers, charged using solar power.

    Visitors camp at the Masai Mara facilitated by Embo River's solar-powered vehicle
    Visitors camp at the Masai Mara facilitated by Emboo River's solar-powered vehicle.
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    "The owners want to dump the old hunting term Big Five, too, in favour of the ‘Big 20’, celebrating unsung heroes of the savannah from fireflies to Maasai giraffes," read the NatGeo description.

    The Lodge was started by Loïc Amadò, William Santian and Valery Super, in 2018 in an attempt to save the expansive Masai Mara reserve from environmental degradation.

    Emboo River offers guests a unique safari experience which is luxurious, relaxing, educational as well as fully eco friendly, sustainable and community focused.

    The camp uses 100 per cent solar power and prevents single use plastic by the use of bricknic dishes and beeswax clothes.

    Ol Pejeta, on the other hand, saves over 1,000 litres of diesel a year by using solar-powered ESVs.

    "Famous for guarding the world’s last two northern white rhinos, and healthy numbers of black and southern white rhinos, Ol Pejeta in Laikipia offers not-for-profit conservation safari experiences in beautiful grass and woodland landscapes.

    "Ol Pejeta Bush Camp’s Kenya-built, solar-powered ESV saves 1,000 litres of diesel a year," read the statement.

    The camp has seven spacious, eco-friendly tents positioned along the Ewaso Ngiro River. 

    Located in Laikipia County, the camp hosts two remaining northern white rhinos on the planet and many other endangered animals, all protected around the clock by dedicated rangers.

    Joseph Wachira, a keeper at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, says goodbye to Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros. Sudan died in 2018. Two females of the subspecies remain.
    Joseph Wachira, a keeper at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, says goodbye to Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros. Sudan died in 2018. Two females of the subspecies remain.
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