Private Conservancies

Kenya
Kenya
13/07/2024

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About Private Conservancies

Poaching, wildlife-human conflict, deforestation as well as climate change have all contributed to a steady decrease in wildlife, with elephants and rhinos being the most vulnerable.

The decline of wildlife population in Kenya started as far back the 1970’s, and led to the emergence of conservancies to create natural habitats for wildlife in a reserved area. Some of these conservancies have grown to gain worldwide recognition. They typically use a social-enterprise business model to benefit wildlife as well as the communities around them.

Lewa Wildlife conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (also known as Lewa Downs) is located in northern Kenya. It was formed in 1995. It is a wildlife sanctuary incorporating the Ngare Ndare Forest and covering over 62,000 acres (250 km2). The Conservancy is home to a wide variety of wildlife including the rare and endangered black rhinos, zebras and sitatungas. It also includes the big five (Masai lion, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffaloes). Lewa holds over 12% of Kenya’s eastern black rhinoceros population and the largest single population of Grevy’s zebras in the world (approximately 350 individuals).

The Conservancy is also home to the Northern Rangelands Trust, an innovative partnership with a number of communities to the north who have given land for the preservation of wildlife. Lewa has its own education program that helps develop schools and students. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located in Meru County, south of Isiolo town but north of Mount Kenya.

Lewa Wildlife conservancy
Featuring large tented bedrooms with verandahs and full en-suite bathrooms, Lewa Safari camp offers authentic comfort for its visitors; cozy log fires in the sitting room are perfect for relaxing after a day in the Conservancy. This unique and exclusive retreat offers privileged access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness.

Mara’s Olaro Conservancy

Olare Motorogi has become the template for Mara community wildlife conservancies and is set to become the blue-print for the sustainability of the greater Masai Mara eco-system. The conservancy offers pleasant and exclusive viewing of game in a pristine environment, with a rich and diverse wildlife population rarely found anywhere else on the African savannah.

The pioneering Olare Motorogi Conservancy offers one of the highest quality, lowest traffic safari experiences in the region. Tourism in the Conservancy is limited to a maximum of 94 beds equating to a ratio of one tent to 700 acres – a formula which maximizes the client wilderness experience and minimizes the environmental impact of tourism.

Mara Plains Camp
Located on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which abuts Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve to its south.
One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivalled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land, home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, while still having unfettered access to the Maasai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres.

Kichwa Tembo camp.
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is a popular safari lodge, situated on the spur of the Oloololo escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, with spectacular views across the open plains of the Maasai Mara national Reserve with its many wild animals. Kichwa Tembo has 40 “Hemingway-style” safari tents with private shower, toilet and private terrace overlooking the savannah. All safari tents overlook park. The tents are tastefully furnished with African furniture and art objects.