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Safari wildlife viewing in Mara Conservancies Kenya

Mara Conservancies, Kenya

Deeper Africa has contributed crucial seed money to the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association. The Maasai Mara eco-system in Kenya is at a tipping point. Threats on this famous and unique eco-system include encroachment and settlement by humans, fencing of land, and competition from agriculture and cattle keeping. Much of the wildlife in Kenya’s Maasai Mara live on rangelands outside the protected game reserve. The rangelands belong to a variety of landowners, some of them private individuals and some of them communities. Their lands compromise a great deal of the key wildlife dispersal areas and migratory corridors. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is not a self-sufficient ecosystem, so if these landowners decided to fence their land, plough it up for agriculture, or simply get rid of the animals, Kenya’s wildlife would become a shadow of its former self. 

In recent years, great success has been achieved with the set up private wildlife conservancies around the Mara on Maasai tribal land. The Mara North Conservancy, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Ol Kenyei Conservancy, and Olare Motorogi Conservancy add crucial wildlife corridors to protected land and reduce human-wildlife conflicts. There is a lot of good will from the local Maasai population who live in and around the conservancies as they get a predictable and stable income from the land they own while creating well managed grazing areas for their nomadic life-style.

The Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association has been set up to take conservation management to the next level and protect wildlife habitat while encouraging more local people into tourism. The Association has a 12 month work plan that includes implementing a cross-conservancies and community driven Maasai livestock management company, establishing an entity to purchase missing plots of land within the current conservancies, and setting up an additional conservancy, called Pardamat Conservancy, to protect the Loita wildebeest migration corridor.

For Deeper Africa guests this means greater densities of wildlife with the opportunity for viewing in areas without the mass tourism that exists in some sectors of the Mara Game Reserve. Additionally, our guests enjoy the reward of knowing that local people are benefiting from their visit to the Maasai Mara.