Olkeju Ronkai Ltd. have nearly completed the construction of a brand new fenced lodge - Ashnil Emuny Mara Camp - in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.
The lodge is situated inside important rhino habitat crucial for the survival of the indigenous black rhino population of the Mara.
The Rhino Programme Warden, the Minister for Local Government, the local County Council and Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) all originally opposed the construction of the camp due to the threat it would have on the rhino population.
Despite all this, the construction of the camp continued and is now almost completed.
Two of the Directors of Somak Holidays are the main Shareholders of Ashnil Hotels Ltd. Even if the authorities are not able to stop the ongoing destruction of the Masai Mara, I at least will refuse to spend my money on safaris with Somak until Ashnil Hotels Ltd. agree to TAKE DOWN THE CAMP.
I enjoy safaris because I love wildlife, not because I want to destroy it.
More Info: Olkeju Ronkai Ltd. secured the lease to develop land inside the Masai Mara National Reserve, this land was then leased to Ashnil Emuny Mara Ltd. whose shareholders are Suresh Sofat and his wife.
Emuny Mara then brought in Ashnil Hotels Ltd. to develop and market the camp. The shareholders of Ashnil Hotels are Suresh Sofat and his wife, the parents to Ashish and Anil Sofat (Ashish Anil = Ashnil).
In the UK, Somak Holidays is the trading name of Somak Travel Ltd. The company secretary is Ashish Sofat and the directors are Stuart Britton, Anil Sofat, Ashish Sofat, Sadhana Sofat, Sanjeev Sofat and Suresh Sofat.
On 10th February, Somak Holidays agreed to suspend sales of the Olkeju Ronkai Camp development in the Masai Mara and remove all references to the camp from their website. There is however no comment yet on what the Sofat Family will do with the camp.
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