Community, Conservation & Culture

OUR EFFORTS

Help us conserve the Masai Mara. You can contribute by following these simple steps.

  • Take time to get to know the customs of the Masai Mara. Always consult your guide before taking photographs of individuals and people’s homes.
  • Minimise your environmental impact: Keep your waste in the vehicle until you can dispose of it at our lodge. We make sure that our litter is separated and collected.
  • Abstain from asking our drivers and spotters to get closer to the animals. Getting too close to wildlife amounts to harassment and can be dangerous. Remember, when in the wild, animals have right of way.
  • Bones, skins, horns, teeth, hair, feathers, eggs or shells – all have their part in the delicate eco-system of the Masai Mara. Leave them where they belong to, only take photographs.
  • Never feed animals since a fragile and precious balance can be destroyed, leading to unnecessary dependence on man’s handouts.
  • Support our conservation system by paying your park/conservation entry or viewing fees.
  • Take a look beyond the “Big Five” and discover the vast diversity the Masai Mara has to offer.
  • Slow down to enjoy the differences – you will be back with the familiar soon enough.

SUSTAINABILITY

The organisation ST-EP – Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty – was founded by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in 2005, promoting poverty elimination through sustainable tourism development. Spirit of the Masai Mara follows the 7 ST-EP mechanism to channel the socio-economic benefits of tourism, making it possible for the local Masai community to gain from our presence in their area.

This includes:

  • Employing members of the local community in our tourism enterprise – our Masai safari guides are well trained and certified by the Kenya Wildlife Service. They are passionate about their culture and wildlife and will happily share their vast knowledge with you.
  • The local community supplies our lodge with goods and services – all handicrafts that can be found in our gift shop are made by local Masai women.
  • The local community sells their goods directly to you – the Masai women selling their handicrafts have the opportunity to use our gift shop and will directly sell their goods to our guests. Spirit of the Masai Mara does not take any commission from these sales.
  • Our profits and income benefit the local community – part of our income and profits are directed to the Siana Conservancy.
  • We support the local community on a voluntary basis – Spirit of the Masai Mara supports local school children, pays for their school fees and books as well as for their transport from their villages to the school. Their school career is closely monitored by the directors Justin and Nadja and the kids are encouraged to pursue their dreams. One of the children – Janet – wants to become a pilot ever since she saw a plane flying over the Masai Mara and we are happy to support her.
  • Investing in infrastructure – Spirit of the Masai Mara has been opening up roads, making accessibility to certain areas easier for the local Masai community.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The organisation ST-EP – Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty – was founded by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in 2005, promoting poverty elimination through sustainable tourism development. Spirit of the Masai Mara follows the 7 ST-EP mechanism to channel the socio-economic benefits of tourism, making it possible for the local Masai community to gain from our presence in their area.

This includes:

  • Employing members of the local community in our tourism enterprise – our Masai safari guides are well trained and certified by the Kenya Wildlife Service. They are passionate about their culture and wildlife and will happily share their vast knowledge with you.
  • The local community supplies our lodge with goods and services – all handicrafts that can be found in our gift shop are made by local Masai women.
  • The local community sells their goods directly to you – the Masai women selling their handicrafts have the opportunity to use our gift shop and will directly sell their goods to our guests. Spirit of the Masai Mara does not take any commission from these sales.
  • Our profits and income benefit the local community – part of our income and profits are directed to the Siana Conservancy.
  • We support the local community on a voluntary basis – Spirit of the Masai Mara supports local school children, pays for their school fees and books as well as for their transport from their villages to the school. Their school career is closely monitored by the directors Justin and Nadja and the kids are encouraged to pursue their dreams. One of the children – Janet – wants to become a pilot ever since she saw a plane flying over the Masai Mara and we are happy to support her.
  • Investing in infrastructure – Spirit of the Masai Mara has been opening up roads, making accessibility to certain areas easier for the local Masai community.

The Masai People


Determinedly unchanged by the modern world, the Masai people have captured the imagination of the world with their red cloaks, proud demeanour, mystic love for their cattle and intricate beadwork

The Masai are a strongly independent people who still value tradition and ritual as an integral part of their everyday lives. They regard themselves not just as residents of this area but that they are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their lives.

Traditionally, the Masai have lived alongside wildlife in harmony. Lions and Wildebeest play as important a role in their cultural beliefs as their own herds of cattle. This unique co-existence of man and wildlife makes the Greater Masai Mara one of the world’s most spectacular wilderness regions.