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CAMP WASINI LOOKOUT
Shimoni Town, Coastal Region, Kenya

Camp Wasini Lookout is a  small ecological camp situated in Shimoni, on the South Coast of Kenya. The camp, which is also an established eco-tourism destination, is currently working on  5000 m² of coral “REEFolution” – restoration of coral reefs, that contributes to replenishing and restoring the damaged coral reefs and their ecosystem, while increasing fish and other aquatic species. 

A major aspect of the reef restoration consists of collecting broken pieces of coral that are still healthy but will not survive when left in the rubble. We call them “corals of opportunity”.  These pieces are placed in coral nurseries where they grow, after which they are planted on artificial reefs.

About our project

Who is needed

Volunteers, researchers, photographers, students and diving & snorkelling enthusiasts.

What to expect at Camp Wasini Lookout

During the day, expect bright blue skies, rare bird sightings like Kites, Fish Eagles, King Fishers, and a true symphony of nature sounds. REEFolution offers teachings and learnings about regenerative techniques through practical coral reef restoration work. We have campfires on-site, individual and group meals are offered.  

Other camper opportunities

Oceanfront diving and snorkeling at the restored coral reefs areas are offered as well as safaris & mountain hikes. The local cuisine and wine outside of camp are also delicious, locally fresh, and beautifully affordable. 

Camp Wasini Outlook body

Vision and socio economic context

We aim to rebuild coral reefs by providing fundamental restoration skills to coastal communities. Healthy reefs create opportunities for livelihood improvement for those who depend on reefs for fishery and tourism. Furthermore, coral restoration projects help raise awareness on the importance of the coral reef ecosystem. We give nature a helping hand and kick-start coral reef recovery. 

Achievements to date

So far, Camp Wasini Lookout has  deployed 517 bottle reefs, 155 cakes, 83 cages and 90 MOSES. In this way we have been able to directly restore 2000 m2 of coral reef. By establishing the earlier described zones, 47 hectares of coral reef are now protected.

In the coming two years (2022 – 2024) we are planning to upscale our project of reef recovery along a 2-km stretch of coastline.

Cost to stay and what's included

25 EUR per night, including tented accommodation and breakfast.

established camp

Seedling Camp

Organising partners

REEFolution Kenya
Kenya Wildlife Service
Shimoni and Mukwiro Beach Managements Units

Facilities

Camping-basic
Camping-advanced
Sanitation-basic
Cellphone/mobile service
Kitchen-full
Wifi
Electricity
Swimming facilities
Learning center

Restoration activities

Coral reef restoration
Community building
Restoration of livelihoods
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Habitat creation
Erosion prevention

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Camp contact form

Complete the form below if you’d like to join the team at Camp Wasini Lookout

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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