Oslo, NORWAY– The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a brand-new, one-of-a-kind conservancy near the Mara in Kenya that envisions bringing tourism revenues to local communities while helping preserve wildlife. The founders are Basecamp Explorer through its Basecamp Foundation and the community of Naboisho, with funding assistance from the government of Norway. The conservancy represents Basecamp’s single largest undertaking.
“This initiative will change the face of community involvement in Kenya’s tourism,” says Dr Lars Lindkvist of Basecamp Foundation. “Mara Naboisho Conservancy demonstrates an equitable and sustainable partnership between Maasai landowners, tourism investors and conservation interests.” In pursuing its objectives the foundation anticipates that Naboisho will become a showcase for sustainable tourism in Kenya. Naboisho in Maasai means “coming together.” Basecamp Explorer is regarded as one of Norway’s leading eco and adventure tourism pioneers.
The conservancy will assist Kenya’s continuing commitment to sustainable tourism. The 20,000-hectare conservancy in the Great Rift Valley and bordering Kenya’s world famous but now threatened ecosystem, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, is said to have one of highest densities of wildlife in Kenya. The core objectives and benefits of the conservancy will be to support the biodiversity conservation and the socio-cultural heritage of the region while generating income and jobs for the community using tourism as the economic driver. It will offer additional benefits like health care, clean energy and empowerment of the local people through education and skills training.
The establishment of Naboisho represents a milestone in the struggle for the Maasai culture and establishes a buffer zone to save and sustain the savannah ecosystem, which is linked to the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania.
The outcome of 10 years of close collaboration with 500 Maasai landowners and their communities, this conservancy is set to safeguard the local community and the area’s diverse wildlife. Each of the landowners earns rent every month based on the amount of land contributed to the conservancy. Furthermore, in the heart of the conservancy lies Koiyaki Guiding School, financed by Basecamp Explorer. The school provides the Maasai youths with training, enabling them to secure work and act as the future custodians of the region.
Basecamp Explorer currently operates three eco-lodges within the Mara:
Five spacious and luxurious huts overlooking the Koiyaki River in a remote part of the Mara.
Basecamp Maasai Mara
Offering 12 spacious and luxurious thatched roof tents on a lush peninsula in the Talek River.
Dorobo Bush Camp
Has six tents secluded in the middle of the bush, perfect for walking safaris on the wild side.
The Naboisho Conservancy will offer an exclusive safari experience open to guests staying at any of the three Basecamp Explorer lodges. Here guests can also meet some of the 500 Maasai landowners involved with the project, see firsthand how the land is being managed and the funds utilized and witness close up the most incredible wildlife on earth close up.