Sosian Safari Shop
Sosian has a small safari shop located in the reception, with the main aim of supporting the local artisans in Kenya. Enterprising groups of people in rural areas have created an income for themselves by selling their crafts to safari lodges like Sosian. In addition to this, we donate part of our profits to the local school project and CHAT (a local family planning clinic).
In particular we support a group of Samburu women in our nearby village, Kinamba, who have set up a business making beaded jewellery and other crafts with leather. They will bring their bracelets, necklaces, baskets and other traditional beaded goods to the lodge for us to sell in the safari shop.
The Kenana Knitters are another local group supported by Sosian. Kinana women knit all sorts of teddy bears for children, from stripy zebras to pink elephants! The women are allowed to keep some of the money made as savings. Now their knitted toys are sent all over the world!
The Marleen Crafts Project is set up by St. Martin’s Charity in our nearby town, Nyaharuru. The project aims to train people in the community, who might have physical disabilities or live with HIV, to learn a trade such as leatherwork, beading or woodwork. Their crafts are then sold to provide them with an income and occupation. We love to support this cause and sell their beautiful creations including hand-made bags, beaded canvas riding chaps, purses, baby’s shoes, children’s toys and pencil cases.
In addition to these local crafts we also sell beaded leather belts, dog collars and leads made by Linda Camm in Nairobi as well as Sandstorm‘s classic weekenders and wash bags. Handmade key rings are also sold by John Orlander, made with olive wood and inlaid with brass animals, which make the perfect present.
We sell Borana Boots (cozy Kenyan Uggs made by a local ranch in their tannery), Serena Mason‘s hand painted papier mache trays and place mats, Lulu Barkas’ beaded purses and wash bags, Krafty Artz’ hand painted mugs, place mats and cooks match boxes and Annabelle Thom‘s suede and canvas hats and handbags.
Our Jewellery cabinet is filled by a jewel expert, Sally Dudmesh, who sources her jewels from all over Africa, some of which are made from ancient stones but each with their own story to tell. We also have an array of beautiful metal jewellery, handmade at Ol Malo from melted down ‘sufarias’ (pots and pans) and various other recycled items.
Fantastic presents such as locally made soaps by Cinnabar Green and Kikoys from the coast are also all available in the shop. Children will love our maps of Laikipia and posters of the animals of Kenya, as well as Nikki Riley‘s ‘Art of Ratting’ book which comes with little ‘Safari Jen Ratti’ to play with on Safari.
Annabelle Pope, the famous wildlife artist, sells her originals and prints in our shop, such as beautiful studies of warthogs and elephants which are easy to roll up to take back home with you.
We also have our own Sosian fleeces, gillets, polo shirts, t-shirts and caps all embroidered with the beautiful Sosian elephant logo.