The Kileleoni Hill on the edge of the Lemek Hills is the highest point in the Mara Ecosystem
Rangers look out over the Enonkishu Conservancy and across the Mara plains
Plains game at the base of the Kileleoni Hill
The Mara river during the rainy season within the Enonkishu Conservancy
New uniforms on the trained scouts from Enonkishu
Enonkishu cattle breeding programs to improve quality and decrease quantity of livestock herds
A community elder at a conservation meeting
Training the community on improved livestock husbandry
Beading project underway for the Enonkishu Women's group
As this conservancy currently has no tourism partners and the landowners have not yet signed up, there are large areas of land that have been overgrazed close to the various Maasai homesteads. Once the conservancy is established and habitat restoration programs implemented the potential for biodiversity improvement is vast.
Cattle Project: The aims of this project are to create a world class working cattle ranching model, to educate and empower the Maasai community within Enonkishu Conservancy, and to sustainably manage pastures and livestock. By partnering with ENSDA (The Ewaso Nyiro South Development Agency), Olerai Farm and Enonkishu Conservancy, the Maasai rangelands can be managed to produce profitable and sustainable beef cattle by increasing the value and productivity of cattle and by reducing the cattle numbers. Alongside grazing management and cattle management training, the plans include creating a feedlot, abattoir and genetic improvement programs.
Honey Project: In partnership with African Beekeepers Ltd, with 300 hives within the conservancy, the project aims to increase this number to 2000 hives by 2013. The Enonkishu Women's Group look after the hives and sell the honey to ABL. The women are not involved in the management of the honey production aside from providing security to the hives, but all women own shares in the beehives.
Sustainable Charcoal and Reforestation Project: Unfortunately, the demand for charcoal is huge - and growing - which places enormous pressure on the conservancy’s forests and woodlands. The proposal is to set up a sustainable charcoal production system through innovative methods of improving efficiency in charcoal production (type of material used, species selection/growth and yield models, harvesting techniques, kiln structure, quality etc), and through creating awareness and improving education in the surrounding areas by creating a Charcoal Stakeholder Association. As a separate but related part of this project, trials are being conducted on briquettes made from maize by-products, which will be alternatives to firewood. Hand-in-hand with this initiative will be riverbank restoration and tree replanting programs.
|Established:||27th February 2010|
|Size:||4000 Ha (approx. 40 land parcels) and will expand by 800 Ha every year|
|No operating tourism partners|
|1000/- residents and $60 non residents per day|
|1 bed per 750 acres|