The Impact Of Conservation In Africa
The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is one of the last major wildlife refuges on earth, stretching 25,000 km2 from the Ngorongoro Highlands in Tanzania to the Loita Hills of southern Kenya. It is one of Africa’s most diverse and spectacular wildlife conservation areas and is the world’s top safari big game viewing ecosystem.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a protected but relatively small area (1,500km2). The national park attracts hundreds of tourists each year which causes congestion in the eco-system and diminishes the experience of people seeking the ultimate safari holiday.
However, the reserve is surrounded by a network of eight wildlife conservancies which aim to create co-existence between wildlife, pastoralist Maasai communities, and recreation and tourism activities. The conservancies limit the number of tourists who can stay in the reserve ensuring a suitable balance between communities, tourists and wildlife and and maintaining the glory and splendour of game viewing in relative privacy.
Innovative Solutions For Sustainability
Basecamp’s Naboisho Conservancy project, establishing a new conservancy on over 20,000 hectares in the Maasai Mara, is our single largest undertaking ever. The area has among the highest density of wildlife not only in Kenya , but in the whole world, and constitutes parts of the crucial wildlife migration corridors of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
With wildlife resources and ecosystems declining at massive levels in key areas in Africa, the formation of Naboisho Conservancy brings some refreshing hope that all is not lost. Many stakeholders from all segments of society agree that the renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve is a threatened ecosystem. The establishment of Naboisho is a milestone in the struggle for the Maasai culture and to establish a buffer zone to save and sustain the savannah ecosystem, which is linked to the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania
The Conservancy model works by leasing land from traditional Maasai land owners on a long- term basis for the purpose of building sustainable economic and environmental development in the area. Currently over 3,000 landowners and their families benefit from the conservation model in the Mara.
Conservation of wildlife and its habitat is a major objective of the conservancies and finding ways to protect and manage species in a way that works in harmony with local communities. Each conservancy plays a key role in conservation, community development and education, while providing a space for responsible, ecologically and socially sustainable tourism in the region.
This shift towards sustainable tourism means that the conservancies are not over populated with tourists, unlike the public reserve. They offer the opportunity to witness wildlife in its full splendour without having to share it with several other game vehicles. Animals are starting to find the lush green pastures of the conservancies preferable to the high traffic areas in the public reserve.
Introducing The Naboisho Conservancy
Where Is Naboisho?
What Does Naboisho Mean?
Naboisho, which means "coming together" in the Maasai's Maa language, is a partnership between approximately 500 local Maasai landowners and other local conservation, environmental and tourism stakeholders to create a unique community owned wildlife area.
Africa At Its Best.
The Naboisho Conservancy is now the second largest conservancy in the region helping to combine cultural heritage, tourism and the enhancement of livelihoods for local communities.