GREENSTED SCHOOL (22rd-23th October 2004)
Jump to Kigio (Last 3 nights)
|Greensted school is an international
boarding school located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, just
outside Nakuru. It is set in its own grounds with a private guarded
entrance. Our accommodation was in simple but comfortable twin rooms and
small dormitories. Separate toilet and shower blocks for boys and girls
were provided on each corridor. The school also had excellent sports
facilities including a large new swimming pool which we were able to
use. The school entrance is located approximately twenty minutes from
the entrance gate to Nakuru National Park which we visited on safari!
CONSERVANCY (24th ,25th, 26th October 2004)
|Kigio conservancy comprises of 3500
acres and traverses beautiful acacia covered hills and open plains at an
altitude of 6800 feet. Our accommodation was in a large thatched lodge!
Kigio is owned by the Campbell Clause family
who have built this small eco lodge on the shady banks of the Malewa
River. Its construction has been entirely from local materials harvested
from the farm and has provided employment for the local community.
Whilst remaining to function as a cattle ranch, the family have
encourage the owners to sanction the setting up of a conservancy whereby
they hope to demonstrate that wildlife in an area of natural beauty can
generate a greater income than domestic stick such as cattle, sheep and
goats. Chris Campbell Clause has set out to preserve this unique and
often overlooked natural resource with the hope that others may follow.
In doing so the initial aim was to increase security, stamp out poaching
and put an end to charcoal burning. Once this is under control a tourist
infrastructure can be developed.
The Main Lodge
||The Lodge itself has been
constructed from local materials in a ecologically friendly way, making
good use of reclaimed wood. Even the soap is ecologically friendly!
There is no electricity and lighting is by oil lamp only!
The manager of Kigio has created and maintained
close contact with the neighbouring, small scale farmers. We were able
to learn a little about how the local community copes with poor roads,
no running water and minimal medical facilities. We were also able to
visit a local school on the edge of the centre with which the people of
Kigio have developed strong links.