Giving back to the world we travel in. Our initiative stems from our company philosophy. Africa Eco Adventures Ltd cares deeply about the residents of Mara, many of whom are employed by the tourism industry and want a clean space for everyone who relies on the location. As many recent scientific studies have shown, the proliferation of plastics can cause grave health concerns. A recent study indicates that drinking water has a large amount of microplastics in it. Since many residents of Mara Talek rely on well water, the collection of plastics is a prime human health and environmental concern.
Initiated through grassroots participation, our initiative is known as Œpesa for plastic¹, where we rely on a financial incentive model for plastic collection. Through this model, Africa Eco Adventures Ltd has paid one shilling for every plastic bottle collected. This initiative has been extremely successful, with over 100,000 bottles collected. In recent days residents of Talek have been collecting bottles, and the town is noticeably cleaner.
The program has funded many women who have been the main plastics collectors, many of whom had no previous reliable income. Our next phase is to set up a series of trash bins around Talek, for which there would also be periodic trash collection and recycling. We have provided durable dustbins in the Mara Talek Area, and our team collects plastic bottles and trash regularly. We all want to have a clean environment for the places that we live in.
As you rise the Maasai Mara plains opens up before your eyes to feast on the golden sunrise, enchanting sceneries, plains-game below as the winds gently blows the basket deeper into the reserve.