Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Koiyaki Guiding School - www.koiyaki.com
Most of the guides at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy have graduated from the Koiyaki Guiding School. The school, which provides local Maasai school leavers with education in guiding and conservation, was established in 2006.
Community empowerment is not possible without education. Although there are seven schools in the vicinity of the Conservancy, many of these schools lack basic facilities and are plagued by a shortage of teachers. Basecamp Foundation Kenya and the Olare Orok Trust have been involved in various initiatives to support these schools.
One of the major healthcare challenges facing the community around the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is HIV/AIDS. As there are only three clinics to serve the entire community, the disease puts additional strain on the already under-resourced healthcare system. Basecamp Foundation Kenya has attempted to support the system by, among other things, funding voluntary HIV testing, providing supplements for people living with AIDS, and constructing the new Ole Sere clinic.
Access to Water
In Africa, water is a scarce resource. One of the biggest challenges that the conservancy faces is ensuring that there is enough clean water for the community, the wildlife, the livestock, and visitors. The conservancy management is currently conducting a hydrology survey, with the support of Norfund and the Basecamp Foundation Kenya, to determine water availability and accessibility. Once the requirements of each sector in the conservancy have been determined, the conservancy management will develop a strategy to ensure that all stakeholders have access to clean water.
Basecamp Foundation Kenya, in collaboration with the Olare Orok Trust and with funding from the Stromme Foundation, is spearheading a campaign to mobilise 1000 women into micro-finance saving and investment groups by end of 2012.
The Mara Naboisho Big Cat Project brings together community, researchers, NGOs, and Tourism Partners in Naboisho Conservancy in an effort to help secure the future of the Big Cats, namely Lion, Cheetah, and Leopard. Currently the project has four major components: tracking, research, conflict mitigation and community education. The project is implemented through the following partnerships:
- The Africa Impact volunteer monitoring project in partnership with Koiyaki Guiding School and Basecamp Foundation;
- The Cheetah monitoring project supported by Kenya Wildlife Trust and Rekero Naboisho Camp;
- Mara Naboisho Lion Project supported by Basecamp Foundation, DyreParken Zoo, Stromme Foundation and Danish Zoological society.
The Mara Elephant Project (MEP) brings together researchers and conservationists in an effort to help secure the future of African elephants. The project’s three-year plan has two major components: tracking up to 15 elephants to better understand their movements, and engaging the community through anti-poaching education. Partners include Wildlife Conservation Network, Save the Elephants; the Kenya Wildlife Service; the Globe Foundation and the Mara Conservancy.
|Established:||28th of March 2010|
|Location:||The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50,000 acre community pastoralist and wildlife conservation area located in South-Western Kenya. The conservancy, which falls within the Greater Mara Region and was carved out of the Koyaki-Lemek Group Ranch, borders the Masai Mara National Reserve to the South West, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the West, and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the East. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is now the second largest conservancy in the region.|
|Camps & Lodges:|
|Approximately 500 local Maasai landowners|
|1 Bed per 350 acres|
|Contacts:||Lars Lindkvist, (Chairman)
Mara Naboisho Conservancy Ltd
Tel: +254 (0) 722 121 306