Lemarti’s Camp is on Koija Group Ranch, a community owned ranch. We focus on hand ups not handouts. The principle of ‘teach a man how to fish’. Lemarti’s Camp is a venture we embarked on with the local community based on mutual respect, trust and a good working relationship, forged for more than 22 years: it is a private venture. We did not receive any kind of grant to build the camp but used our own funds. We have a long lease agreement with the community and pay a monthly rent. This ensures a guaranteed income per month to the community. We also make a per visitor contribution as well as a further contribution towards a wildlife conservation area set aside by the community. The community has elected a management committee and governs itself. We feel that the route of self-determination is incredibly important and really the only way communities can achieve hard learned experience in how they want to shape their future. The community itself decides how to spend the income from Lemarti’s camp.
On Koija we live with approximately 1500 people who are Laikipiak Maasai. Traditional tribal rituals, ceremonies and homesteads are all around. People wear traditional clothes and adornment. A tribal style of life with its natural rhythm still so linked to nature flows naturally day to day.
Any guest of Lemarti’s camp is also a guest of the community.