The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50 000-acre initiative located right next door to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The conservancy is an outstanding example of how tourism can benefit conservation and community. Spearheaded by Asilia in 2010, the project is a partnership between landowners and tourism companies in an effort to protect the precious ecosystem while improving the lives of the communities in the area.
‘The Mara Naboisho Conservancy has a higher density of game than Maasai Mara National Reserve, and one of the highest lion densities in the world’
By working closely with the 500 landlords and contributing a portion of each bed-night to local communities, Asilia ensures that the benefits of ecotourism trickle down to the Maasai families that have lived on the lands for generations. In fact, it is many of these Maasai landowners themselves who interpret the bush during game drives, bush walks and night drives, and who provide meaningful insight into the local communities that live in harmony with the land and the wildlife it hosts.
A true wildlife haven, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy has a higher density of game than the adjacent Maasai Mara National Reserve, and – with 100 lions living in the vicinity – one of the highest lion densities in the world. Impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra can be seen and sightings of the rare and elusive African wild dog are frequent.
In addition to the abundance of resident game, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy serves as a vital corridor for the little-known Loita Migration, which sees up to 5 000 wildebeest and 1 000 zebra move though the area annually from the Mara Reserve to the Loita Plains in the east in an ancient and undisturbed migratory cycles.
However, the real magic of the conservancy is its sheer exclusivity. With only handful of lodges in the area, you are ensured a level of safari solitude simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserves, where up to 20 vehicles have been known to huddle around a kill. Here in Mara Naboisho, it is unlikely that you would even find four.