Mara Naboisho Conservancy: a collective vision coming to life
The month of September was another very busy and exciting month for Naboisho Camp as our camp ran at its highest occupancy since opening in 2011! This is brilliant, as more and more visitors discover the magic of the land and people of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
We had an unusually wet month as showers relieved us from the dusty and hot conditions. Even after the Loita Wildebeest Migration left the conservancy at the end of August, they are filtering back in huge numbers again towards the end of September; as the rain brings greenery and much needed fresh browsing and grazing for all the wild creatures calling Naboisho their home. The big cats also enjoys the abundance of prey, and it could not have come at a better time as we have two female cheetahs with cubs: one with four 3 month old cubs that came over from Olare Orok Conservancy, and another resident called ‘Nabaki’ with three new born cubs just opposite our camp. Indeed this is great news as this indicates that they feel safe here and that they have more than enough to eat. The Enesikiria Pride (now 25 lions!) is also still standing strong; their core territory remains the area around our camp. And with wildebeest and zebra all around they are hunting and eating at will. This month we witnessed increased buffalo and lion interaction as the pride are testing the strength of the 13+ buffalo bulls frequenting their territory. Like two heavy weight boxers, they are circling each other every week, at this stage the buffalo clearly having the upper hand… But one day, the tide will turn and the age old rivalry between Buffalo and Lion will decide ones fate!
On foot we conducted longer excursions into the deep rocky gorges south of camp. It’s an amazing experience just sitting quietly with guests on some huge high-rise boulders, with a view over the most amazing valley and high ridges, just observing over 40 elephants feeding peacefully down below. Just magical.
Wildlife viewing here in the conservancy, both from vehicle and on foot surpasses many other African wildlife areas - and as said before - hasn’t slowed down at all; instead it keeps on getting better and better as wildlife numbers increases. A massive success story in terms of long term wildlife and habitat conservation involving local communities and their land!
Talking about local communities, a huge ‘Thank you’ to all of our guests who made a big contribution towards our ‘Pack for a Purpose’ project. We received invaluable, and also the largest amount of supplies since the start of the project, towards Ole Seri Primary school. To all our future guests, please make your visit to Naboisho even more special by making a bigger impact when donating school supplies. Please visit the Pack for a Purpose website if you would like to know more about this initiative, how you can contribute and what specific items the school is in need of.
Special thanks to John Spence from Aardvark Safaris for the donation of football uniforms for the school children at Ole Seri Primary school. This will, without doubt, be really exciting for the children and the passion they have for the game of football. It already showed as the camp staff played a fun game of football against the Ole Seri boys when we delivered the uniforms!
Naboisho Camp challenges all other safari companies out there to do the same: help make a bigger positive impact and add to the success of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
We are looking forward to welcome you into what is, without any doubt, one of the best wildlife, big game, and conservation areas in Africa!
Warm Safari Regards,
Roelof, Helen, Moses & the Naboisho Team
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