FUTURES IN THE WILD
The sustainable conservation of the areas on the Northern edges of the Maasai Mara ecosystem and the communities and wildlife therein.
EACH ONE OF US CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE CHANGE.
We strive to build strong community partnerships with our many neighbouring villages, and to assist them to thrive economically and socially.
We have a commitment in the region to improve access to quality education, including from Early Childhood Development (playgrounds) to onsite environmental education libraries for schools, eco training scholarships for local guides, wifi support for remote communities, as well as gender empowerment for woman and girls. We also support enterprise development and livelihoods such as the Wild Women tree nursery, smallholder agricultural cooperatives that supply vegetables to our kitchens, soap making, candle making and local beading initiatives.
We aim to create regenerative project models that are replicable and scalable in order to support the surrounding communities. All enterprise projects aim to be financially viable and self sustaining.
SUSTAINABLE RANGELAND MANAGEMENT
"We feel phenomenally lucky to be based in this beautiful part of the world, creating partnerships with the neighbouring communities and supporting the wildlife that surround us."
The Wood family founded the Enonkishu Conservancy through an Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund grant, and with this, alongside the Savory Institute and MaMaSe (WWF and Unesco-IHE) they also developed a bespoke curriculum for Sustainable Rangeland Management for communities living in areas where livestock / wildlife coexist.
WE ARE IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN
We are proud members of The Long Run, a sustainable Travel movement helping businesses, people and nature work together for a better future.
All of our building material is sourced from sustainable suppliers. We have grown the poles used for the roof structures ourselves. We do not bring single use plastic water bottles onto the property and instead refill glass bottles for our guests to use during their stay. We also recycle any yoghurt pots or cartons for our indigenous tree seedling nursery where we collect seeds and reforest areas of the conservancy that had already been cleared for charcoal production. All of our shampoo / bubble bath bottles are recycled too.
We have a "constructed wetlands" system that naturally filters all water that goes through our sewage systems to be clean so what returns to the Mara River carries no pollutants.
THE WILD SHAMBA
We work with a Community Based Organisation - The Women Treeplanter's of the Mara who have a space next to our vegetable garden, where we source the majority of the fresh the vegetables and salads for our menus.
We have an indigenous tree nursery that can produce up to 6000 seedlings per month. Our guests are welcome to visit the Shamba and plant a few trees!
The Mara Training Centre is a hive of activity and it allows our guests to understand and explore the different layers of conservation and community development projects going on in front of and behind the scenes.
Here guests can learn about Safari guide training, our conservation model, our Sustainable Rangeland Management programs. Guests can have a go at beading, learn about our candle and soap making or play a game of "biodiversity jenga"
Guests are welcome to visit and get involved as much as they'd like.
MORE ON EDUCATION...
We work with the neighbouring schools on providing quality education for the local communities. The Wood family have raised the funding to build the Emarti Secondary school and improve the Primary school with extra classrooms and a dining room. Guests are always welcome to visit and if this is in the plans, why not pack a few extra goodies that could be donated to the school. Items such as pencils, sanitary towels, t-shirts, footballs, sports shoes, all are a huge help.