Our Mission towards Social and Environmental Sustainability
We are a local organization with a global focus that facilitate world class tourism experiences and wilderness accommodation that are socially and environmentally responsible, that embraces our motto to provide innovative and passionate service to our customers in a manner that is financially rewarding for our employees and stakeholder.
Glamping in Sri Lanka with Mahoora Elite Camps
1. We are the world’s first and only Carbon Neutral Mobile Safari Camp. We provide the most ethical and environmentally friendly accommodation options in the country.
2. Mahoora is a completely mobile safari camp option and thus gives clients a true safari camp experience. All luxuries we offer are in relation to the mobile camping concept.
3. Mahoora has the largest pool of professional naturalists in the country. This allows us to guarantee that an exclusive naturalist can be provided for each group. We provide exclusivity so that our clients’ interests are safeguarded.
4. Mahoora owns the largest pool of own modified safari jeeps in the country. We guarantee an exclusive safari jeep for each group. These jeeps are specially modified with comfort and the maximum game viewing / photographing possibilities in mind.
5. We provide the largest tents. The Mahoora Elite tent is the most spacious tent among all safari camp tents (including mobile and fixed tents) in the country. It has plenty of space and all amenities required for a very comfortable stay.
6. We are the only safari camp that offers a high-end sit down meal service. We serve a five-course lunch and a seven-course dinner. Every meal is an experience on its own, with food being cooked in your presence. The menu is customised based on clients’ preferences with our own signature dishes. There are no buffets.
7. Value additions
Mahoora has a variety of value additions on offer to its customers at no additional cost. Local Cooking lessons and experience, night walks, night safaris, warm water foot therapy, kids’ activities etc. are all included in the price.
Mahoora campsites are located either in exclusive mini private reserves bordering the parks (in Yala / Udawalawe / Wilpattu / Minneriya) or inside the national parks (all other parks).
9. Pioneering and most awarded.
Mahoora is the first to start the tented safari camp concept in Sri Lanka and remains its most awarded brand in the category. We have won many national and international awards including presidential awards. Mahoora Yala has been recognised as one of the 10 most romantic safari camps in the world (reference Huffington post).
Above everything else, Mahoora Tented Safari Camps provides a "best price guarantee". Once you experience Mahoora, you will understand that pound for pound, we provide the best value in the industry.
We at Mahoora are governed by our owning company, Eco team’s Environment & Community policy
We at Eco Team aim to re-invent the tourism model in Sri Lanka by staying ahead to ensure that our business has a long term benefit for our communities, the environment and our customers.We believe that the people, our community, are central to any strategy that involves protecting the environment and its communities.
We, more than any other tour operatorand accommodation provider in Sri Lanka, depend on the unspoilt and pristine outdoors of this magical island to run our business. Our wilderness and eco system is our heartbeat therefore protecting our most important resource is not only a responsibility but a necessity for our own existence as a company.
Some of the key components of the Eco CREAM:
- We recruit and train staff from the locality we work in and purchase locally produced goods and services.
- We build products around the local community knowledge in fauna, flora and farming methods.
- We support community tourism initiatives by incorporating community lifestyles seamlessly into our programmes, such as picnic stops in village homes and fishing with local fisher communities etc.
- We work towards capacity building in schools, communities, in entrepreneurship, knowledge farming and value additions.
- We, along with our clients, contribute financially to uplift the standards of the underprivileged schools, children’s homes, homes for the elders, hospitals and places of worship.
Wildlife and the Environment
- We protect endangered species in line with the red list issued by the ICUN.
- We actively educate our communities and campaignagainst animal abuse of all forms. We educate and invest in protecting our fauna and flora whilst supporting development projects including environment education, wildlife conservation and reforestation as we work closely with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Foundation.
- We discourage the collection, removal or cutting of any plant or plant parts (seeds, roots or leaves) by our customers, staff and communities.
- We participate in programmes that involve the removal of invasive species such as cactus andlantana whilst setting up our operations with scientists in and around the national parks for reforestation activities.
- We have launched conservation programmes for the protection of endangered species. Our clients are also welcometo actively participate in these endeavours.
- We avoid using products packaged in plastic in keeping with our plastic free philosophy. The biggest challenge that we face is the lack of an alternative to the PET water bottles used. However, all emptybottles are being collected and sent to the Balangodatown Council Recycling Centre.
- We convert all organic waste into compost waste.
- All paper, cardboard,aluminium andmetal waste is collected separately and recycled through the Balangodatown Council Recycling Centre.
- Safari Jeeps that run during the day charge the DC batteries which are used at night as renewable energy through an inverter. Grid power is used only for an emergency.
- Experiments are taking place for the use of Kekuna Thel, a traditional sustainable nut oil extracted from a wild nut, and other renewable oils for night torches in camp sites.
- We recycle used coconut shells for BBQ’s and campfires.Wood for the campfire is collected from the area.No trees are cut for this purpose.
- LPG gas is used for hot water whileSolar energy and Bio gas projects are to be launched in the near future.
Our research projects
Mahoora Tented Safari Camps actively support minimizing human leopard conflict in the border areas of the parks and the active participation of soloist clients.At the end of a safari our clients fill a research document on their own sightings and this data will be usedfor important planning conservation activities.
For more information log on to www.mahoora.com and www.srilankawilderness.org
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The value creation process through the adoption of a climate change strategy
The Climate Change Strategy for Mahoora [MCCS – Mahoora Climate Change Strategy] isa multi‑dimensional value creation process. We believe that in the face of the emerging low carbon economies and markets, our well‑prepared Climate Change Strategy will pave the way for the organisation to position its brand and hence build lucrative alliances with our customer base, and improve bottom‑line growth, as well as gain new markets and market share from other operators.
We believe that we will benefit from the value creation process of our Climate Change Strategy through its core business pillars as shown below.
Who will see value in a Mahoora Climate Change Strategy?
The perceived value of a Mahoora Climate Change Strategy will essentially be for the benefit of customers who are planning to initiate climate change action in their own spheres in the near future and those who have already embraced the agenda.
With global leaders such as US President Barack Obama taking firm action to bring USA to the foray of climate change action, major leisure brands will be compelled to re-evaluate their stand on climate change policy.
Our preparedness as a supplier will enable us to adapt quickly and efficiently to required levels of disclosures on Green House Gas (GHG) emission levels by international customers and tour operators.
Brand Value in leading the industry
Travel companies in the east are yet to take significant strategic initiatives in climate change. Mahoora’s move into the foray at this time will allow us to lead the industry in strategic climate change action.
Sri Lanka positioning
While we believe that it is a matter of time before a climate change action strategy becomes a part of the normal course of business, an early adoption strategy complements Sri Lanka’s positioning in the tourism industry as a climate compliant ethical tourism destination. In times of increasing pressures in the industry, a niche positioning will be of paramount importance for Sri Lanka to retain its competitiveness against the likes of Maldives, India and Thailand.
Investing in “Low Carbon” mechanisms will allow us to build optimal cost structures, specifically at our camping operations. In the global market, this would provide us with premium mark ups against our competitors. A well-prepared infrastructure now will avoid expensive modifications later.
The world is converging on adopting operational models that minimise Green House Gases much sooner than anticipated due to global accountability to climate change risk. Therefore, early adoption will preclude inconsistent modifications and allow us to remodel our existing capacities and build our future operations and new products in line with emerging climate compliant customer requirements.
Niche Market Sales Growth
We believe that adopting a climate change strategy at an early stage will allow us to provide differentiated product categories that are capable of attracting a niche consumer base globally. A clearly defined emissions strategy and reporting mechanism will add quantifiable value to our product base.
Operational action will translate into bottom-line returns.
A competitive and efficient operational model will eventually benefit and increase our profitability.
Influence our suppliers to integrate into our climate change strategy, adding value to our products
This will be an important mandate that we think will pay for itself, as us becoming a pioneer in the climate change action space within the industry enables us to influence our customers and seek to establish potential alliances with supply chain partners who will also want to leverage off our early mover advantage.
Mahoora Climate Change Strategy
We are enhancing our brand value by enhancing customer experience and respecting their values. We have developed and marketed truly carbon neutral camping holidays to climate conscious customers and tour operators alike and have become the first to do so in the world.
All holidays and travel itineraries sold by MCCS will have an individual carbon footprint audited in accordance with internationally recognised standards.
MCCS will be able to introduce competitive low carbon products to its customers as a result of
- Implementing efficient energy switching mechanisms
- Implementing recommended energy saving measures
- A quantifiable emissions footprint on each holiday and activity, enabling offset
We have developed and marketed the first of its kind carbon neutral holidays to our customers. Our strategy can be separated into two stages. First, we audit our own operational carbon footprint, which is negligible compared to other similar upmarket accommodation providers and then, we measure the client’s carbon footprint during their stay with us, taking into account their travel and time spent within our facilities.
We then offset their carbon footprint and our own operational footprint, enabling us to remain carbon neutral as an organisation. We in turn enable the customer to have no carbon footprint in the component that we provide in their holidays.
We have purchased a bank of UN-certified carbon credits or CERs (Certified Emissions Reductions) and hold it in a carbon registry. We have ensured that the credits we have purchased have an ethical value addition. For example, the project activity that produced the credits will be from an activity that has enhanced communities or the environment, as opposed to the destruction of industrial gases. We retire the credits in blocks of 10 tonnes of carbon (10 credits) at a time.