Away From It All in Mara Naboisho
Source: Cable & Grain
The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a private conservancy located adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and was carved out of the Koyaki-Lemek Group Ranch. It is now the second-largest conservancy in the region. The 20 000 hectare conservancy is made up of land contributions from 500 Maasai landowners, and the income from the conservancy help provide the community with a sustainable livelihood and ensure the conservation of the wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara ecosystem.
The conservancy borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve to the South West, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the West, and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the East. With its high concentration of wildlife and substantial space and freedom, visitors can expect to experience exceptional wildlife encounters, without the hustle and bustle that is sometimes associated with the flagship reserves.
The roughly 500 Maasai households that are estimated to live on the Mara Naboisho Conservancy have maintained a pastoral way of life for thousands of years, in perfect co-existing with its wildlife. The creation of the conservancy was an opportunity not only to conserve the wildlife, which came under threat from human activities and land-use change, but also helps to diversify the income base of a community that has to deal with the vicissitudes of climatic fluctuations that are common in the drylands.
Unlike its neighbour, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human footprint on the environment and wildlife. This can make for some pretty spectacular wildlife sightings.
The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is home to the big cats in impressive numbers, and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as aardvark, caracal, serval cat, aardwolf and honey badger are also spotted occasionally. Naboisho is a bird watcher’s paradise with several bird species rarely seen elsewhere in the Mara, such as White-headed Buffalo-weaver, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Pygmy Falcon, von der Dickens Hornbill and Bush Pipit. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy provides a significant wildlife migratory corridor for the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, supporting both the north and south wildebeest migrations.