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 be a positive contributor both to the nature and the local communities in the Mara. Therefore we also support two non profit organisations working respectively for wildlife conservation and local health care. Our charitable partners are “Cheetah Guardian” and “Right to Sight”.

CHEETAH GUARDIAN

Cheetah Guardian is a non profit grassroot organization working with supervision and protection of cheetah females and their cubs in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The program is accepted, approved and monitored by the authorities of the Kenya Wildlife Service, by the Narok County government and by the Maasai Mara University.

This local Kenyan program aims at stabilizing the number of cheetahs living in the reserve by reducing the high mortality rate of the cheetah cubs during the key moment following their births and till they are 6-8 months old when they can more easily escape countless dangers and predators.

Less than 7,000 cheetahs remain worldwide, and also in the Maasai Mara National Reserve the number of cheetahs has been decreasing dangerously. At the beginning of the program in 2015 there were only about 30 adult cheetahs in the reserve.

In the hope to decrease the cheetah cubs mortality, Cheetah Guardian protects the cheetah mothers and their small ones from predators – hyenas and lions in particular. This they do with a motorized brigade consisting of a Cheetah Guardian Scout and a National Reserve Ranger who stays 24/7 with the cheetah families at a safe distance ready to intervene by pushing away any potential danger, or harassment by tourist cars.

The reasons for the rise and fall in number of cheetahs are complex and the causes multiple, but there is no doubt that the Cheetah Guardian Organization has played a very important role in recovering the cheetah population to a sustainable level. Today one believe there is about 60 adult cheetahs in the Mara.

Another part of the Cheetah Guardian program deals with the Maasai school children who live in the neighbouring of the reserve, by supporting wildlife education, safari visions, collecting of plastic waste, plantation programs, etc.

About the support from Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp:

For every guest visiting Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp, we support Cheetah Guardian Organization financially. We also call on our guests to do the same when they book a safari with us by doing an one-off donation. Oltepesi founder and wildlife photographer Arnfinn Johansen also is ambassador for the Cheetah Guardian program.

RIGHT TO SIGHT

Right to Sight is an international Non Profit Organisation with programmes for the prevention of curable blindness on the African continent. In Africa, more than 7 million people suffer from needless blindness. More than half of this blindness is due to cataract. Using new surgical technology patients with cataract can regain their sight, and their blindness can be cured by a 10 minutes operation 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 personell 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 in Kisii. Right to Sight is based on voluntary workers, and costs in Norway are minimized 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 annually 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 in Kisii.