Responsible Tourism Awards: The 2011 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

Best Recommended Accommodation for Local Communities

Semadep Safari Camp is a camp in the Maasai Mara run by the Maasai Community. SEMADEP is a community base organisation structure, owned, run and managed by Maasai pastoralists in Siana which has a population of 18,000 people. Founded in 1997, SEMADEP has 27 members both male and female from Sekenani village, their objective is “to prepare and enable the Maasai communities to acquire the necessary skills to manage
their own development in relation to themselves, their livestock, and land.”

They created the Safari Camp, with five permanent tents, in 2006 to generate revenue which will support the community welfare projects and to enable the Sekenani Maasai community to participate in tourism and wildlife conservation. The judges were impressed by the success of Semadep in

  • Supporting orphans and vulnerable children the number of orphans enrolled in school has risen, and school payments vouchers are available in the office.
  • Providing 1,000 people with access to hand-pumped clean water.
  • Providing access to computers and internet services through the community information centre.

About Us

Sekenani Maasai Development Project (SEMADEP) started in 1997 through the effort of church leaders seeking opportunities to address community needs which ranged from a lack of health facilities, poor sanitation, poverty, illiteracy, human-wildlife conflicts and the increasing HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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