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Mara North Conservancy


Community Projects
Mara North Conservancy realizes that the economic development and prosperity of the landowners is inextricably linked to the conservancy's success. Community Projects will be designed to ensure that the communities living in and around the conservancy benefit immediately from the existence of the conservancy, and that this benefit is directly linked to the success of Mara North.

Annually, MNC Directors will use profits, after ensuring the conservancy's operational needs are fully met, to finance projects that benefit the local community at-large. Community members may submit applications for these funds, subject to MNC and Landowner Committee approval, so long as the proposed project benefits the community at-large.

In addition many camps have established individual trusts whereby guests are able to make donations, camps have applied for funding at national or international development agencies, or camps have contributed their own funds.

Mara North Conservancy supports community projects including, but not limited to:

  • Health facilities and health care, especially focused on maternal and child health, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, malaria and waterborne diseases
  • Mobile clinics
  • Education facilities and educational outreach
  • School bursaries and scholarships
  • Improvement of living conditions with access to safe water
  • Borehole projects
  • Community based waste and waste water management projects
  • Supporting women's cultural and empowerment enterprises, including beading projects
  • Livestock management projects including breeding plans to strengthen species and production

All programs are developed and implemented in equal partnership with the Maasai Landowner Committee who represent the entire community. Guests visiting Mara North contribute to these community projects through the Conservancy Fee. We welcome additional guest support for community projects should you wish to get more involved with the community.

Mara North Conservancy has a policy that it employs the local population and procures locally where possible. This is to contribute towards the socio-economic development of local communities. Mara North Conservancy is committed to promote sound working conditions in accordance with the Kenyan Working Law of October 2007.

The Masai Mara is one of the world's largest ecosystems home to a splendid variety of trees, plants, birds, reptiles, mammals and of course the big cats. The key to successful wildlife conservation is partnership, land protection through lease agreements, professional wildlife management and the promotion of low-impact tourism. Mara North believes that conservation of a natural wildlife area depends on the following components:

  • Partnership between private sector and the local community
  • Guaranteed income. Fixed lease agreements give the community the economic incentives to set aside their land for wildlife conservation
  • Transparency and equitable distribution of conservation fees collected is essential to ensure the stability of this system
  • Professional wildlife management; including security, anti-poaching, infrastructure maintenance, and managed grazing plans
  • Low density, low-impact tourism
  • Strong eco-tourism practices
  • Reforestation projects to restore natural habitats
Established: 1st January 2009
Location: Located north of the Masai Mara National Reserve, in the south western corner of Kenya
Size: +30,000 hectares (74,000 acres)
Camps & Lodges:
We have signed 788 lease agreements for a period of 5-15 years
Included in the member camps packages

A one bed per 350 acres formula guarantees an exclusive safari while minimizing the impact on the environment.

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