Environment
& Community

Maniago is very conscious of the need to preserve our wildlife and environment, and the importance of community. Image © Maniago Safaris

We look at different projects and causes to support, in the hope that we and our guests can make a difference. Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) rescues, cares for and rehabilitates, mainly orphaned elephants and sometimes rhino. Many of the elephants are victims of poaching or human-wildlife conflict and the gradual process of reintegration back into the wild can take up to ten years.

The Trust operates an elephant Nursery which is located within the Nairobi National Park and can be visited by the public at specific times. They also have 3 units in the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area, where guests who take part in the Fostering Program have the exclusive opportunity to see the orphans in the process of reintegration back into the wild.

The DSWT. also has anti poaching units and are making a difference in deterring and preventing crimes like poaching, bushmeat snaring, charcoal burning and illegal logging of forested areas.

Maniago Safaris encourages all our guest to visit f the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts projects, spend time with the orphaned elephants and ‘adopt’ elephants through the Fostering Program. Funds generated by DSWT from your visits go directly towards the management of the projects and to conservation.

Jim Nyamu & Ivory Belong to Elephants

Maniago Safaris actively supports Jim Nyamu of Elephant Neighbors Center, who started a campaign dubbed ‘Ivory Belongs to Elephants.’ Jim has walked thousands of kilometers to raise awareness on the importance of elephants, how to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and to raise awareness on rhino and elephant poaching.

He has walked in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and internationally he has walked in America and England in the hope of creating awareness. His most recent walk, a four month East and Southern Africa Walk to create awareness, especially in communities that live near national parks or wildlife sanctuaries, on the importance of the conservation of elephants which are facing the threat of extinction.

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

The Big Rhino Children's Community.

Big Rhino Children's Community was founded in 2008 by Geoffrey Kiiru, a golf caddy, and his friends Rooney Fahim, Sarah Wambui and Pastor Thomas Nderitu. It was started to provide a safe and enabling environment for orphaned and vulnerable children and through the support of well wishers they have build a centre in Nyahururu, Kenya.

They provide shelter, food and clothing for 71 children, both boys and girls, between the ages of eight and 23 years, and two of the young adults are attending university on scholarships.

The children are encouraged to engage in sports (golf, football, skating and swimming) to develop their talent, communication and leadership skills. They also do community work like helping the elderly in their community.

Our guests who visit the centre love spending time with the kids and participating in activities like playing football or planting trees with the kids.

Peaceful Home for Children

Peaceful Home for Children is located in Central Kenya, in the Kianyaga area near Mt Kenya. Agnes Njogo is the Matron in charge. This “mother” has looked after orphans for the past 20 years, with much love and dedication.

Maniago Safaris has supported Agnes on various projects, like the Greenhouse project. This aim of the project was to grow produce which is sold to help the upkeep of the Home and the children.

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Community and Culture Preservation.

We try to create itineraries that involve the local communities in the areas where we handle large projects, such as filming, conferences or incentives and therefore are able to offer short term jobs to the people in the area. When possible we assist schools with much needed supplies or foodstuff and clothing.

We have a strong personal friendship with Chief Ole Nairuko of Ole Keene Maasai village in the Masai Mara and he is our Cultural Ambassador. Our itineraries often include cultural visits to experience this age old culture, which the Maasai are so proud of and keen to preserve.

Our guests can get involved in activities which offer both team building, interaction with the local people and are fun for all - like making fire with sticks, competing against the Maasai warriors in spear throwing and archery.

We also support other project, including:

A Maniago team regularly participates in the UAP Old Mutual Ndakaini Half Marathon to raise funds to plant trees around the Ndakaini Dam which Is located at the foothills of the picturesque Aberdares. The Aberdares are the water catchment area for the Sasumua dam and the Ndakaini dam, which provide most of the water for Nairobi.

We try and attend Anti-poaching drives and are always looking to learn more about projects where we and our guests can make a difference.

Maniago Staff spent time with Peter Moll, founder of the NGO ‘World Leaders of Today’ (Stand up and Shout Out or SUSO) and members of his team, learning about the work they do. SUSO brings together youth of all cultures and from several nations, with the aim of providing a voice and empowering the youth by giving its members the tools to make a difference.

The youth, through organising creative events (like survivor challenge and tree planting) have a platform for youth engagement, allowing them to utilise what they have learned and implement it into society. Some of their projects include: Stand Up Shout Out For Rhinos and Elephants, Feed A Soul and Stand Up Shout Out Earth Beat project (covers environmental issues; from animal rights to Global Warming).

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

Image © Maniago Safaris

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