Located north-west of the Maasai Mara Reserve, on conservation land owned and managed by the Maasai, Richard’s Camp comes with a reputation steeped in the history of a family that has lived among wild animals for the best part of sixty years.
Owned and run by Richard Roberts, the camp is set at the edge of a small forest, and looks out on to plains renowned for its big game. Described by the Roberts as traditionally African, Richard’s Camp possesses in its main area a dining room and lounge. The well chosen furniture – low, beautifully constructed, comfortable – looks either out into the wild, or is situated around a large fire place. The food is excellent, as is the service, and most meals are taken outside.
There are six custom designed tented bedrooms, all of which are en-suite, and come with either double or twin beds, flush toilets and heated showers. Spacious, highly functional, each has an interior design unlike the others. Some of the bed frames, for example, are built from local woods, while others are wrought iron and reminiscent of another world. Much is made by guests of the ambience of a Victorian bath, which, set in the privacy of the nearby forest, and lit by candles, lends the camp a certain style – flamboyant, romantic, bohemian – and helps cement its reputation for providing a unique safari experience.
Activities at Richard’s Camp are designed to suit individual guests’ needs, and can include game drives, guided walks, bush picnics, bird viewing and cultural visits to local community settlements. Extras include ballooning, game flights and trips to Lake Victoria.
SCC (Supporting Conservation & Community) Kenya is committed to sustainability – making a difference to communities as well as contributing to the preservation of the environment and wildlife in the areas in which we operate. We pursue meaningful and lasting benefits for both the environment and the communities that underpin our operations, with a sustainable and innovative approach.
The staff working in our lodges are local, and send a large proportion of their salary home, to educate members of the family or sustain others in rural areas where jobs are scarce. We are commited to supporting local community projects which include support for schools and education, clinics, social outreach projects and water provision.
At each of our properties, we have a team of top guides who are committed to assisting with the protection of the environment, anti-poaching and animal protection. Our guides play an essential part in our conservation efforts, whilst our managers oversee the initiatives we put in place in order that these efforts are protected. From the water recycling in our Nairobi office through to all our camps, we are committed to recycling, reducing and re-using as much as possible.
A proportion of each guest’s payment goes toward the sustainability of this wilderness, which is achieved by working closely with the local community.
Richard Roberts was brought up in the Mara from the age of 3, and today his camp is in the spot where their family home once was. He knows the Mara intimately and understands many of the challenges facing this world renowned wildlife area. Richard supports the security of the wildlife through having rangers based at his camp, and assisting with their activities. In addition, the Mara Elephant Project is about to be launched whereby a number of elephants will be darted and collared in order that their movements in the Mara area can be tracked. This will lead to increased knowledge about elephant behavioural patterns and movements, and in turn will assist the rangers in being able to forewarn farmers about imminent elephant arrivals. The farmers can then scare the elephants off with noise rather than bullets, and the elephant will, in time, learn which areas they should avoid. This is a huge development – elephant collaring has not yet been done in the Mara and we are confident that this will lead to a lot of protection for the species which is under huge threat in Kenya at the moment.