Sustainable tourism

Wildlife conservation and local health care

At Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp, we are concerned with sustainable tourism and aim that our business shall positively contribute to nature and the local communities in the Mara. Therefore we also support two selected non-profit organisations working respectively for wildlife conservation and local health care. Our charitable partners are “Remembering Wildlife” and “Right to Sight”.

REMEMBERING WILDLIFE

Remembering Wildlife is the home of the charity book series, which includes Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Great Apes, Remembering Lions, Remembering Cheetahs, and Remembering African Wild Dogs. Their mission is to create the most beautiful books on a species ever made and then sell those books to raise awareness of the plight facing that species and funds to protect it.

The work is made possible by the generous donation of images by many of the world’s best photographers, including Steve Winter, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Brent Stirton, Tim Laman and Jonathan & Angela Scott. Since the first book, “Remembering Elephants,” in 2016, nearly 200 of the world’s best wildlife photographers have generously contributed to the series. It’s an honour that Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp’s founder Arnfinn Johansen also is represented among these top-notch photographers.

The Remembering Wildlife project is run by British wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, who was prompted to take action after seeing a poached elephant in Northern Kenya in 2014.

Unlike many other fundraising organisations, Remembering Wildlife is fully run as a business, not a charity (though they are fully registered with the Fundraising Regulator). That’s because they make money largely through selling books but then also through exhibitions and events. Unlike most charity models, Remembering Wildlife don’t ask you for donations (although they do accept them if approached) – they sell you something beautiful and promise that 100% of the profits go to conservation projects.

And most important: The model is working! Together, the series has now distributed more than £848,000 GBP / $1,1 million USD to 55 different conservation projects in 24 countries across Africa and Asia and you can read about where many of the donations have gone here.

About the support from Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp:

Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp’s support implies an annual donation of a 5 nights / 6 days private wildlife photography safari for 2 guests on a fully inclusive basis worth USD 7,740. Remembering Wildlife sells this safari at the auction at the annual book launch event at Royal Geographical Society in London.

RIGHT TO SIGHT

Right to Sight is an international non-profit organisation with programmes for preventing curable blindness on the African continent. In Africa, more than 7 million people have needless blindness. More than half of this blindness is due to cataracts. Using new surgical technology, patients with cataracts can regain their sight, and a 10 minutes operation can cure their blindness at the cost of 25 Euros.

Right to Sight transfers competence and new technology to African doctors, aiming to empower the African ophthalmologist and other ophthalmic personnel in their fight against needless blindness. The organisation always train colleagues when treating patients and, this way, secure sustainability.

The consequences of blindness affect all generations. Children are born with cataracts in both eyes, and it is urgent to identify and operate the children early to preserve sight.

Right to Sight Norway only focus on Kenya, and currently supporting training programs in Mombasa, with a satellite clinic in Tahita Hills, a mountain range located in the Taita-Taveta County in South-Eastern Kenya, and Kisii. Right to Sight is based on voluntary workers, and costs in Norway are minimised to accounting and revision. For more information, visit Right to Sight Norway and Right to Sight International.

About the support from Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp:

Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp’s support implies an annual donation of high-quality nature photographs taken by founder and wildlife photographer Arnfinn Johansen. The photographs are sold from an Oslo gallery financing Right to Sight Norway’s training programs and clinics in the Taita-Taveta County in South-Eastern Kenya and Kisii.