In 1946, the Beaton family, who had arrived in Africa in 1889, pioneered Kenya’s conservation movement. Today, this conservation tradition continues at Rekero Camp, where old-time hospitality and a unique insight into the Maasai Mara’s wildlife, culture, flora and fauna are offered.
It was around 30 years ago, in the 1980s, that Ron Beaton discovered a beautiful natural spring in the valley of the Rekero Hills while out walking with his tracker, Sayole Looseyia. Ron came to an agreement with the local Maasai chief to lease the area for three years. He built several wattle-and-daub cottages in the style of traditional Maasai houses and Rekero Cottages were born. Together with his wife, Pauline, Ron hosted guests from overseas and renewed the original lease on the land several times.
Ron’s son, Gerard, and Sayole’s son, Jackson, grew up together at the cottages, and in 1995 they took over the running of the business, which continued to thrive. In 2001, they were invited to put a small camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. At the time, there were very few camps in the area and poaching was rife, but the location was so spectacular that they took the risk. They have worked with the authorities and community for many years to curb poaching and make Rekero Camp the unique experience it is today.
Backed by an understanding gained over three generations, Rekero delivers one of Africa’s finest marriages of wildlife, culture and visitors. This success is enhanced by our strong relationship with our neighbours, a bond that, together with our successes in poverty reduction, has been recognised by some of the world’s leading conservationists. Using tourism to reduce poverty and introduce the benefits of conservation to communities is Asilia Africa’s proudest achievement.