Elephants in their constant search for food knock down trees, it’s just something that they do. Often, they will strip and eat a few branches of vegetation and then leave the rest of the tree to die. Over the years we have seen the riverine forest decline and shrink drastically. In an attempt to reverse this trend we have initiated a tree planting project in our Masai Mara camps. We have planted thousands of trees around all our camps and it doesn’t stop there. We have given the local school over 500 trees to plant, as well as 800 trees to other camps and individuals.
We have only used indigenous trees to Kenya which have included sausage trees (Kigelia africana), gardenias (Gardenia ternifolia), wild figs (Ficus thonnigii), East-African greenhearts (Warburgia ugandensis), broad-leaved crotons (Croton macrostachyus), quinine trees (Rauvolfia caffra) and many others. We have made this tree project a priority and will continue with it.
We have also supported Eburru Rafiki Forest Community Group in their tree planting efforts that have been focused in the Mau Eburu Forest. This is a critical mountain bongo habitat located on the mountainous hills above our Lake Naivasha property, Loldia House.
In Rwanda we have also carried out extensive re-planting work in and around our lodge. We are already seeing the positive effects of this work as some of the native wildlife returns into our lodge grounds such as golden monkeys and a plethora of birds which are frequent visitors.