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CAMP NGUGE HILLS LODGE
Siaya Town, Kenya

Camp Nguge Hills Lodge is located on a 25-acre degraded rainforest that is home to numerous communities and a growing monkey population. Since 2016, the camp has restored 2 acres of land with the local communities by planting over 5000 trees while protecting indigenous trees. Their method of action includes planting 5 new trees for every one that is cut for bio char production or construction from the local towns. The trees are selected by their ability to grow in harmony with the indigenous trees and vegetation and that can provide both shelter, food, or have medicinal value and can achieve ecosystem conservation goals. The Camp’s big goal is to restore 300 acres in the next 10 years with the help from local citizens.

The present initiative is focusing its efforts on the restoration of monkey habitats, community empowerment for collective engagement in reducing the impact of climate change, and livelihood restoration through healthy living (fitness and foods). The need for this plan of action was brought about due to the monkey and ape populations that are ravaging the farmers crops, which has halted most agricultural production over the last two years, leading to food shortages within the community. Coupled with the very low economic status for most locals, there is risk of malnutrition. The addition of specific food forests set away from the villages are helping keep the monkeys away.
Other pressing degradation problems include deforestation from land clearing for charcoal, which has led to problems in the valley communities due to unobstructed water flow which has caused erosion and waterlogging.

Achievements to date

Restored 2 acres of land and planted over 5000 trees.

What to expect at Camp Nguge Hills Lodge

At Camp Nguge Hills Lodge you can expect fresh meals a’ la carte, delicious local wine, bright blue skies, several bird species, teaching and learning about restoration activities, practical restoration work, campfires, mountain hikes, and several activities at the adventure park.

Who is needed

Guests are welcomed to enjoy the lodge and the local beauty of the environment and community. Also, photographers, birdwatchers, agriculturalists, nutrition advisors, and monkey experts are needed for moving forward with the Camp’s initiative.

Other opportunities for campers at Camp Nguge Hills Lodge

Yoga classes, CSR experiences, hiking/hill climbing, team-building activities, ziplining, high ropes walking course, archery

Vision and Socio-economic context

Before the establishment of the lodge, our conversations with the local community made us aware of environmental threats to the greater locality around Nguge. As we designed the lodge, one of our greatest priorities was a commitment to preserve and restore the local ecosystem for the benefit of both the local community and wildlife alike.

Education: Nguge Hills Lodge is using their education pillar to support the local community by offering alternatives to forced early marriages and teenage pregnancies. They believe that the longer young women stay in school, the higher the chances of them improving their quality of life and their families in future. Among the schools that have greatly benefited in our education programs include Kanyilaji Primary School among others.

Economic: Our Eco Lodge is in the mission of uplifting and providing real work opportunities to the women and youth of West Gem thus enabling them to earn a living. Our livelihood pillar supports young people and women with temporary work, permanent work and a market for their art.

Environmental Conservation: Aside from employing green technologies, Camp Nguge Hills Lodge has also created a tree nursery where tree seedlings are sold and donated to members of the community. As agroforestry champions for our communities, the Camp strives to be at the frontline in advocating for reducing human footprints in the region, thus reducing the impact on climate change. The Camp has also begun implementing the use of seed balls from seedballskenya.co.ke to fast-track the process of reforestation. The last major focus is to continue educating and advising local stakeholders of local and regional environmental law. It’s a win-win for all!

Energy Efficiency: As an off-grid enterprise, all the equipment and resources are solar powered at Nguge Hills Lodge, and they endeavor to engage in activities that emit minimal carbon footprints. Their operations are driven by an unquenchable thirst for energy accountability.

established camp

Seedling

Facilities

Camping (basic – bring your own tent)

Camping (advanced)

Homestays with local families

Sanitation (advanced)

Cellphone/mobile signal

WiFi

Electricity

Children’s play facilities

Kitchen (basic): Vegetarian/Plant based

Learning centre

Restoration Activities

Tree planting

Food planting

Community building

Natural building

Restoration of livelihoods

Agroforestry

Habit Creation

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What the Campers Think

“Simply put a breathtaking experience. No better way of spending our Easter Holiday. Everything perfectly set blending with nature. From the warm and receptive staff, delicious organic meals, adrenaline-driving activities, the ambiance and tranquility of the rooms and a natural and serene environment. No regrets at Nguge Hills, Worth every penny…”  Joan K from Nairobi (Through TripAdvisor)

How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Regenesis

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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