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Maasai Mara’s Ishara Kenya Camp: Story of its Tower Farming

Ishara Kenya
Written by See Africa Today

Ishara Kenya, a luxury tented camp in the iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve is rewriting the tales of adventure here in a beautiful way with farming besides the wildlife spectacle.

While magical and beautiful tales of adventure in Maasai Mara abound across the world courtesy of international tourists, there is something special about this safari camp.

This genuinely Kenyan, world-class experience is more than just an escape from the daily grind. Every speck of dirt has a narrative to tell, and every movement in the wind has a purpose. If you take the time to look around, you’ll see signs everywhere while at Ishara Kenya.

But what’s special about this luxury tent safari camp tucked in the heart of Kenya’s most prestigious reserve?

Why Ishara Kenya is Special

Besides a luxurious camping experience, Ishara is a beautiful tale of redefined tourism. This luxurious establishment produces its supplies grown in beautifully designed towers within the vicinity bordering an indigenous forest.

Zahra Madhani, one of the resort’s founders told Fresh Plaza that she always had a dream to include a tower in the resort. The intent behind this was to create an avenue to produce fresh ingredients for the resort.

A conference in Amsterdam opened her senses following a presentation of aeroponic towers. And finally, her tower farming concept came to be with her first measuring 120 square metres.

What makes Ishara in Maasai Mara Kenya so special is that the camp barely purchases fresh supplies. Zahra and her son Azhar have 36 aeroponic towers at the resort, each with 44 pods.

Ishara Kenya

Ishara Kenya aeroponics farm. Photo/Ishara Kenya

The 36 towers support 1,584 plants every month. That translate to at least 200 kgs of fresh vegetables including cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, celery and pepper.

Zahra organically grows all her produce making them safe and flavourful. She is happy that her innovation helps Ishara Kenya reduce production cost and practice safe agricultural practices.

One of the packages as a guest in this luxury tented safari camps is a tour to these towers. They can pick all fresh vegetables and designate a chef to prepare a special salad for them.

How Ishara Kenya Farming Towers Work

There are solar panels on the towers christened Shamba of Goodness. It uses rainwater collected from the roof for irrigation and uses less water for farming compared to traditional farming practices.

Aeroponic farming minimizes land degradation, and does not harm the ecosystem’s indigenous biodiversity. Additionally, curious guests get an opportunity to learn about this technology while they dine at Ishara’s restaurant.

An off-grid solar farm of 110 kilowatts is the source of Ishara’s sustainable energy, Azhar explains. In addition, a methane digester heater water for hot water bottles for game drives and guest suites.

The farm has a capacity to gather up to 150,000 liters of pure rainwater using a large rainwater harvesting system. The entire camp’s hydro needs are met by this source that connects to a water filtering system in addition to a waste water treatment plant.

To Zahra and Azhar, eco-tourism is a real catch for them and they hope to grow bigger and better in biodiversity.

How Much Does a Room at Ishara Mara Kenya Cost?

A room at Ishara Kenya costs upwards of $854 per night. However, it’s worth every penny you pay. Ishara property’s design meets the requirements of a wide range of visitors.

Whatever your style of travel, whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, there is a gorgeous location where you can have it all.

There are a total of fifteen rooms, including nine River Suites, two Family Suites, four Safari Suites, and a Starbed.

Ishara Kenya

Ishara Kenya. Photo/courtesy

Further, there are two spectacular elevated bridges at the centre point of the property. They guide you through breathtaking scenery and breathtaking experiences, uniting individuals from all walks of life to make lifelong memories in Maasai Mara.

The intent is to give the best moments and memories, which is why customized services are a hallmark here.

Moreover, Ishara Kenya has a strategic observation deck at the camp’s southernmost tip. There’s a wildlife waterhole in the shape of an oval below.

In spite of seasonal weather conditions, the waterhole has a thriving micro-ecosystem that sustains life and provides drinking water for wildlife throughout the year. Catch phenomenal sights of cheetahs, elephants, lions, zebras, hippos, and a variety of birds quenching their thirst.

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