MARA PRIVATE CONSERVANCIES
The establishment of Kenya’s conservancies that encircle Masai Mara National Reserve advanced wildlife management strategies. The conservancies essentially extend the protected land for flora and fauna. The Mara conservancies are the result of a brilliant approach to wildlife management – work with local Masai landowners to set aside land and help communities benefit from the generated revenue.
Under the conservancy agreements, landowners establish zones that are not to be used for grazing and agriculture. Instead, these zones are allowed to return to a natural and pristine state. Once flora re-establishes in the zone, grazing and foraging herbivores return, along with many species of avi-fauna. These prey animals in turn attract predators, including birds of prey, scavengers and Kenya’s powerful hunters – lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs.
The conservancies in the greater Mara also offer many advantages to landowners, local communities and tourists. Within each conservancy are lodges and camps that offer
exclusive access to safari activities.
These accommodations generate revenue. Landowners, in turn, receive money from leasing their land. Portions of the revenue are also dedicated to local community projects in Masai Mara, such as medical facilities, schools and much more.
Those who visit the conservancies benefit by spending time in Masai Mara’s pristine wilderness country and taking part in safari activities. The conservancies offer a more extensive range of activities that are unique to the conservancies and are not allowed in the game reserve. They include night game drives, safari walks and off-road game drives.
The conservancies limit the number of people and vehicles that enter so that the animals can engage more freely to their normal behaviors rather than those behaviors induced by human presence. For more information concerning each conservancy find it on clicking your preferred conservancy below.