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Mara North Conservancy

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Mara North Conservancy (MNC) is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres). It is a vital part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya.

Mara North Conservancy is a not-for-profit company established in January 2009. The conservancy is a partnership between 13 Tourism Partner members (8 camps, 3 lodges and 2 riding outfits) and over 800 individual Maasai Landowners. The aim is to create a best practice, world-class conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife, and local communities.

MNC strongly believes in low bed density tourism and aspires to an ideal minimum ratio of 142 ha per bed (350 acres per bed) so as to guarantee an exclusive safari while minimizing the impact on the environment.

Conservancy fees are collected by Tourism Partners and forwarded onto the conservancy to support the monthly Maasai Landowner’s lease payments and professional land management.

Mara North Conservancy is led by a Board of Directors elected by the Tourism Partners and Landowners, with equal representation from both groups of stakeholders. The Board further works in partnership with the Maasai Landowner Committee to meet long and short term conservation objectives for the future.

Together, MNC and the Maasai community are implementing sound land management policies including, controlled grazing, holistic management practices, low volume and low impact tourism, and community land-use plans.

Our objectives:

  • Professional land and wildlife management
  • Direct and transparent revenue distribution to the Maasai landowners
  • Fundraising and endorsing corporate social investment for the betterment of the local communities
  • Low-density tourism and vehicle numbers to minimize environmental impact
  • Promotion of strong eco-tourism practices and use of environmentally friendly technologies
  • Stewardship of the environment for future generations


Other ethical practices
Mara North Conservancy is proud to maintain high game viewing standards. Our rules are in place both to conserve the area and to ensure that guests have the best safari experience possible.

Don’t Crowd 
Maximum 5 cars at a sighting. Crowding animals separates families and can spoil a hunt. Additional cars should stay 100 meters away. Vehicles have 10 minutes at a sighting then have to give way to waiting vehicles, apart from the vehicle that found the sighting which can remain indefinitely.

Keep your distance from wildlife (minimum 20 metres)
To see wild animals behave naturally you must keep a good distance away.

Please stay at least 20 metres (roughly 4 vehicle lengths) away from animals
If any animal gets up, becomes restless or walks away, you are too close. If you are on a track and the animals come to you, you may stay on the track and wait until the animal has moved on.

Give animals space. Respect wildlife
Do not harass any animals by forcing them into movement, blocking their path, or following them too closely. Always keep a good distance from animals with young, as well as dens, burrows and nests.

Leave animals in peace
If an animal is in a bush or thicket, it is strictly forbidden to flush them out, shout, whistle or throw objects to attract their attention. Viewing of cubs should be treated with sensitivity and only viewed when the mother is present.

Keep it to a whisper
Many animals are afraid of the human voice. Don’t disturb animals by shouting, clapping or cheering. Switch off the engine. Guides should be aware of loud VHF radio chatter and how it both distresses wild animals and interferes with the viewing experience. Mobile phones should only be used in emergencies or when out of sight of other vehicles.

Stay in the car

Getting out of your vehicle close to wildlife is dangerous and strictly forbidden. Clients must not be allowed to sit on rooftops at predator sightings. Sitting on rooftops at any other animal sighting is permissible but legs must not dangle outside the vehicle. Only leave your vehicle at picnic and sundowner sites.

Keep out of thickets
Never push inside thick bush or thickets as so to damage the vegetation. These areas take years to regenerate and are essential habitats and resting places for any animals.

Stay on the track
No off-road driving, unless to view wildlife. Prevent soil erosion and damage to plants by sticking to graded roads and cut tracks. If you spot the Big Five, you may leave the track for a closer look, but please take the shortest route and keep 20 meters away.

Drive Slowly

The speed limit in the conservancy is 40 kph. Please take time to enjoy the scenery and drive with care.

Leave no waste behind

Please do not litter. Please keep it in the car and dispose of it back at camp. Do not feed animals as it causes them to be habituated and behave abnormally.

Night Game drives

Night game drives can only take place in designated areas and red filters must be used, as per the extended Gamedrive Code of Conduct.

Respect your guide

Please do not ask your guide to break the conservancy rules.

Respect the rangers. The Mara North Conservancy rangers protect the wildlife and the environment. Respect their work and cooperate with them when requested.

Don’t approach walkers or riders. If you see any walking safari or riding safari, please do not approach them. Stay well away from them and take an alternative route and keep a good distance away so that they do not see the vehicle.

 

Reports
Established: 1st January 2009
Location: Located in Narok County, North-East of the Masai Mara National Reserve
Size: Over 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres)
Camps & Lodges:
Local
Partners:
Over 800 individual local Maasai landowners. Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA), Mara Elephant Project (MEP), Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT), MPCP (Mara Predator Conservation Programme).
Conservancy
fee
Included in the member camps rates
Tourism
Density:

A 1 bed per 142 ha (350 acres) formula guarantees an exclusive safari while minimizing the impact on the environment.

More Info: www.maranorth.com