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EcoQuest Experience in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Located on the banks of the Mara river, this spectacular location is nestled between communities and the wildlife conservancies. This world class wildlife viewing location consists of 6,000 acres of wildlife grazing rangelands. Famous for the annual wildlife migration, this experience and location will provide you with the unique opportunity to interact with local communities, learn about the savannah region and understand the significance of this wilderness location. 4, 7 and 14-day experiences available.


LOCATION

Kenya


WHO IS THIS FOR

Wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, conservationists and those looking for an authentic Kenyan experience in the Masai Mara


COST

From US $920 for four nights all inclusive of accommodation, meals and guides.


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WHY WE LOVE THIS

A unique experience in the Masai Mara that allows you to immerse yourself in the local region, stay in bush camps and interact with the local communities. A wildlife location like no other in the world.

Detailed Overview


Live in our Mara Training Centre with daily bush activities on the Mara plains teeming with wildlife; learn to track and trail game; learn about the fauna and flora, study the Kenya night skies and get to know how the ecosystem ticks. Absorb all there is to know about nature on game drives and wilderness walks, gain exposure to the fascinating three-way relationship between Masai Mara wildlife, communities and conservation efforts.

This experience allows you to truly connect with nature and gain knowledge in understanding ecology, animal tracks and tracking, birding and plant identification, animal behaviour and sightings and astronomy. Learn about the Mara region of Kenya including wildlife cohabitating with communities, their cattle, and crops, the conflict between pastoralists and the wildlife competing for space and food, community schools and sports amidst the Mara conservancies, conservation models involving cattle in wildlife areas and the rhino sanctuary.

Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate into and occupy the Masai Mara National Reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita Plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve.

All members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros) are found in the Masai Mara. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. Leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes can also be found in the reserve.The plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.

The Story


The Mara Training centre evolved from informal community meetings under an acacia tree within the Enonkishu Conservancy to what it has become today.

Enonkishu was founded in 2009 by Tarquin and Philippa Wood, whom together with their neighbours established a community to work together to protect the fragile north eastern boundary of the Mara Serengeti ecosystem. The aim is to improve livelihoods and maintain heritage through wildlife compatible land uses such as ecotourism and improved livestock production in the region.

Enonkishu was established and today secures 6000 acres of wildlife grazing rangelands, owned by the resident community on the edge of the Greater Mara Ecosystem.  It has become a world class wildlife viewing conservancy.

Accommodation


The Mara Training Centre has very comfortable hut accommodation overlooking the Mara River:

  • 3 twin bandas (huts) (sleep 6 pax)
  • 3 bunk bed bandas (huts) (sleep 12 pax)

Groups of 18 can stay and for extras we have tents accommodation and bedding to hire.

The daily routine provides the perfect opportunity to experience wildlife, learn about ecology and the local region.  Price includes all meals and accommodation.

  • Early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal)
  • Brunch after activity (cooked breakfast and fruit salad)
  • Afternoon tea (light lunch/ sandwiches)
  • Dinner (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad)

Weather

The climate is pleasantly warm, with cool nights, all year round. The area is located just south of the Equator, but at an altitude between 1,500 and 1,900 metres. The temperatures are slightly higher from October to March, while they are slightly cooler from June to August. At night it can be a little cold, and the temperature can drop below 10 °C, especially from June to August.

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