Camp Manager's Diaries

Honey-sweet Buzz at Tortilis Camp

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“Busy as a bee,” as the old saying goes, applies to almost everybody’s daily lives, including Tortilis Camp. A new honeybee project initiated by Tortilis and members of the local community means that busy bees are literally making the camp stays even sweeter.

Beehive at Tortilis Camp
Beehive at Tortilis Camp

Earlier this year, we brought in the hives in conjunction with African Beekeepers Association to stop the bees from making their hives in buildings around camp. The relocation involved the removal of several colonies from some rather bizarre places, like under the bar!

The hives have been placed on the hill above the solar plant at Tortilis Camp which should be a more peaceful location for the bees. The owners of the hives are members of the local community and they ensure the bees are carefully looked after. It’s great that bees, the camp and the community will benefit from the project. Tortilis Camp will receive around 20% of the total honey yield: some of the honey will be sold in the camp shop, some will go to the staff, and – sweetest of all – some honey will be used for guest meals.

Beehives Project at Tortilis Camp
Beehives Project at Tortilis Camp

The good news is that our buzzing friends will still be flying around camp but they will be much friendlier now that they have safe and comfortable new homes!

The first honey will be harvested around November and Tortilis Camp excitedly awaits that sweet day.

Come and taste for yourselves.

Andrea & Manuela

 

Tortilis Camp goes 100% solar!

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We are proud to announce that Tortilis Camp is now the first camp of its size in Kenya, if not, Africa, to operate on 100% Solar Power!

After months of hard work filled with calculations, negotiations, and installations of over 190 solar panels on a site larger than 500m², we are finally there! These panels power 48 batteries, each weighing 216kg. By going solar, we will be able to reduce our use of diesel by 28,000 litres a year, dropping our CO2 emissions by approximately 60 Tons per year!

Stefano & Tortilis Camp manager Andrea in the Solar Control Room
Stefano & Tortilis Camp manager Andrea in the Solar Control Room

The panels are positioned unobtrusively & are only visible from the air, so clients can enjoy silent, green 24 hour energy!

Tortilis Camp was one of the first ‘eco-lodges’ of its kind in East Africa winning the Tourism For Tomorrow Award after only one year in operation. Kitich Camp in the Mathews Range and Elephant Pepper Camp in the Masai Mara also run on 100% solar power. All our camps have either a Silver (Elsa’s Kopje, Kitich Camp, Tortilis Camp, Lewa Safari Camp) or a Gold eco-rating (Elephant Pepper Camp & Joy’s Camp).

In our pledge to be a leader in Responsible and Sustainable Tourism, we continue to strive for Gold at all properties and there are plans to extend 100% solar energy amongst the entire portfolio of camps, so watch this space…

Stefano & Liz Cheli

Welcome!

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Welcome to the new Tortilis website, we will be sharing with you news from camp, including special wildlife sightings and exciting happenings in the conservancy. Best wishes Andrea and Manuela

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