Emboo River is a proud part of the Maasai Community. Engagement with our community is integrated in various aspects of the operations and takes place on a continuous basis.
Leadership and Team
Emboo River’s daily operations are led by Owner and General Manager, William Partois Santian. Being a Maasai himself, William has a deep understanding of the Maasai Community and its culture.
Over the years William worked his way up from a night guard to a guide to a manager and currently to an owner of a camp. William leads Emboo River’s team with much experience and is valued by the team as an example of how hard work and determination can make dreams come true.
Emboo River's team consists of highly motivated and talented staff. Almost all Emboo River’s team members come from the Maasai community.
Emboo River also offers indirect employment opportunities by partnering with local artisans and businesses.
Furniture is locally made from gum poles grown at Emboo River’s shamba.
Maasai women decorated Emboo River’s guest rooms and lounge area with Maasai beads.
Drinking water is sourced from Friends of the Mara, a community based organisation that cleans borehole water with solar powered technology.
Plumbers, electricians, welders, and printers are all found within the local community.
The construction of Emboo River’s lagoons and natural swimming pool was done by locals, who learned new skills and have since moved on to more permanent positions either with Emboo River or with the construction companies.
The neighbouring Maasai village receives fees from visits by Emboo River’s guests who wish to learn more about the Maasai culture. The singers and dancers of this Maasai village perform at Emboo River in the evenings.
As mentioned in Kenya's Tourism Agenda for 2018 - 2022 the impact of the tourism industry on the entire economy is massive. In 2016 tourism impacted 1,072,500 jobs in Kenya (9.2% of total employment). This is forecast to reach 1,475,000 jobs (8.9% of total employment) by 2027, an increase of 2.9% per year! The below illustration shows the effect of tourism spending.
Being an integral part of the Maasai Community means that Emboo River is only successful when the community as a whole is successful. Emboo River is committed to work on community projects which seek to address challenges and needs that the community is facing. In coordination with members of the Maasai Community, including the organisation Friends of the Mara, the following topics have been identified:
Technology and innovation hub: Emboo River is constantly rethinking its operations and applying technology and innovation to be self sufficient, eco friendly and sustainable. Local organisations visit Emboo River to be inspired and to place orders for technology which makes their own operations greener. During Ecology Excursions youth has the opportunity to explore the Maasai Mara and learn about conservation.
Education and youth engagement: Emboo River supports the establishment of Green Schools and Youth Centres, which have access to technologies such as solar power and wastewater management. Green Schools protect the environment, create awareness about conservation and are cost efficient.
Recycling: A recycling project with the community is being developed so that solid waste from Emboo River and other lodges is not perceived as trash but as treasure. Recycling of solid waste creates employment, generates income and raises awareness of people’s impact on nature.