A commitment to conservation and responsible tourism has been an integral part of the construction of our properties and our daily operations ever since we opened our first camp in Kenya's Masai Mara in 1999. Sanctuary Retreats selects projects based on their potential to create long-lasting relationships with the communities in the areas in which we operate.

Sanctuary Retreats continues to build long lasting relationships with the rural communities in the areas in which we operate. Our goal is to identify and sponsor long-term, viable and self-sustaining projects that will have the support of our staff and visitors. The projects listed on these pages are all collaborative. We work closely with the local communities to determine their needs and improve their well-being.



Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop

The Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop employs five local women in Kasane, Botswana.


Rhino Conservation Project

Sanctuary Retreats has partnered with Rhino Conservation Botswana, the Botswana Defence Forces and others to translocate 20 rhino, both black and white, from South Africa to Botswana where they will be safer from poachers.


Elephant Outreach Program

School children participate in a two-day excursion with activities structured around raising appreciation of the African elephant. These children gain awareness of this species’ importance in the ecosystem.



Masai Mara Conservation Programme

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy works with Maasai communities in the Masai Mara to positively impact education, encourage conservation, and develop community enterprise.


Safe Water for Schools Initiative

The Safe Water for Schools Initiative introduces sustainable, non-invasive means to acquire clean water for Maasai students in Kenya



Sin Kyun village

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy and our guests support a small remote village, Sin Kyun, located just north of Mandalay.



Ilboru School for Children with Special Needs

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy is improving and advancing the Special Needs Unit at Ilboru School in Arusha, Tanzania.


Education on the Edge of Wilderness

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy provides education and support for the next generation of conservationists—children.


Serengeti Cheetah Project

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy help to monitor the demographics of the cheetah in the area, one of the last few remaining natural ecosystems where these cats exist in viable numbers.


Duuma Wajane Bike Shop

Duuma Wajane Bike Shop, employs four women who have gone through extensive training to become bike mechanics and operate a their own business enterprise.

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Doffa Bike Shop

Doffa Bike Shop, employs four women who have gone through extensive training to become bike mechanics and operate a their own business enterprise.


Safe Water for Schools Program

Tanzania will deliver clean water to every school that borders the Ngorongoro Crater in 2019, providing clean water to 15 schools with 10,265 students and teachers.



Bwindi Community Hospital & Nursing School

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is working with Bwindi Community Hospital on an on-going basis to continue to develop its resources.

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Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School

Located in the South-Western region of Uganda in the Kanungu distric, the Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School serves 124 pupils.


The Waiting Mother's Hostel

At Sanctuary Retreats we strive to improve the lives of the local communities in which we operate. As a result, The Waiting Mothers’ Hostel was born with the purpose of abolishing problems related to pregnancy among Batwa women.


Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise

The Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise employs six local women living in communities around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This employment has taught the women a skill and improved their lives.



Nakatindi Village and School

Nakatindi Village represents Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy’s largest community investment, positively impacting lives and livelihoods at the household level.


Beads & Business: Sishemo Studio Opens

We are thrilled to announce the official opening of the Sishemo Bead Studio in Nakatindi! Eight local women have been trained to become artisans selling beautiful handmade jewelry.


Chipego Bike Shop

Chipego Bike Shop in Nakatindi was our first women’s social enterprise project. The five women who are employed at the shop chose the name which means “gift”. The passion of the five mechanics is infectious; they love having guests visit to learn more.

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Safe Water for Schools

We have extended our Safe Water for Schools Initiative to Zambia. In Zambia we have introduced LifeStraw filters to over 810 students in the Nakatindi community.

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