Conservancy efforts in the Masai Mara have been developed in a way that there is real promise for a brighter future. The approach should help to preserve the wildlife in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, whilst maintaining strong links and central involvement for the Masai landowners and local communities. With a joined-up approach to conservation efforts that bring together the best intentions of all sides of the equation, locals, lodge owners and tourists, there can be a genuine sustained effort to maximise the conservation effort in the area.
Spirit of the Masai Mara works with the Masai landowners of the Nkoilale community in the Siana Conservancy. Alongside other lodges in the area, we are helping the community to get individual titles in return for the area to be leased back for wildlife conservation at a rate that is commercially viable. The Siana conservancy is a project that aims to preserve the wildlife and culture of the Masai in an area around 35,000 acres in size. It is an area that offers wildlife viewing areas that are unparalleled in terms of quality and has no minibuses.
Why work with the Siana Conservancy?
We are engaged with the conservancy because we believe that this type of environmental management provides the best chance for the local community to maintain a sustainable income whilst balancing the needs for the surrounding wildlife to be optimised and remain vibrant and diverse for generations to come. There are many different ways that this works in practical form, involving ranger units, fee systems and infrastructure development, as well as an effective management body.
Working with two other lodges, we have acquired funding from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to support the development of infrastructure in the area and the other factors mentioned above. This has led to an increase in the influx of wildlife over the past few years, including larger number of wildebeest and elephants to name just two.
Without the input and partnership with the Masai community, none of this would work however, and it is vital that the community is involved in the protection of the flora and fauna. Our Community Conservancy Rangers are all local to the area and continue to undergo training that allows for a personal development that feeds into the wider wildlife conservation, such as understanding the use of GPS to monitor wildlife.
With the right conservation approaches there is better land management and a balanced use of land, with correct payments to all concerned that allows for an effective balance of conservation and development. From the tourist side, the conservancies allow for a diverse tourism product, with socially conscious tourism such as walking safaris and night drives de-congesting the area whilst maintaining an attractive ‘product’ to the tourist.
We are open to our visitors asking as much as they wish about our conservancy efforts and our team is always happy to discuss the ins and outs of the Siana Conservancy efforts and how you are helping us achieve the long-term sustainability of the wildlife in the area. If you would like to book a safari holiday with us you will encounter the holiday of a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you.