Together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Mau Mara Serengeti Sustainable Water Initiative (MaMaSe), Spirit of the Masai Mara has piloted the construction of a waste water management system to purify the water used at the lodge. We are one of only two lodges in the Masai Mara to use this water purification system in order to reduce our environmental impact.
Constructed wetlands are systems that mimic the wastewater treatment processes that take place in natural wetlands. They provide up to 90% treatment of wastewater and are easy to maintain. There are different types of CWs based on the hydrological flow pattern. The recommended type of wetland in the basin is the horizontal subsurface flow (HSSF) system where the water flows in the pore spaces of sand/gravel. Once the water has gone through the system, it can be recycled for secondary purposes such as irrigation or can be fed into a water hole for animals.
We are passionate about reducing our environmental impact and have taken various steps to manage the waste produced at the lodge. Plastic bottles are taken from the lodge to a women’s group where they are turned into beads used to make traditional Masai jewellery.
We also have our own composting system that is then used as a fertilizer for our organic vegetable garden. Any waste that cannot be used at the lodge is transported to Nairobi for recycling.