The Masai Mara is quite possibly Africa’s finest safari destination, most famous for its annual wildebeest and zebra migration which has been called “the greatest wildlife show on earth”. This area has one of the highest densities of carnivores in Africa, as well as supporting a range of endangered species.
This same attraction brings with it human and wildlife conflict as wild species and Masai Livestock can compete for the same resources, with predator’s sometimes killing livestock and the Masai people not always benefiting directly from the tourism or conservation. Like everywhere else in Kenya, the population growth has increased the demand for cultivated land and grazing areas. Occurrences such as Elephants raiding fields and Lions preying on local livestock create tension which can lead to the injuring or killing of these threatened species.
The threats to Mara are diverse and complex, and so are the solutions. As long as Mara remains a valuable source of income for the country, and community participation and benefit is ensured, we are sure to find sustainable solutions for the whole ecosystem.
In the midst of the “Greatest wildlife show in Africa”, help preserve the balance between the local Masai communities, and the endangered species in the area. You will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife research activities in a new and spectacular Masai Mara conservancy area! Make an impact by promoting the “Green Villages” sustainable conservation concept in surrounding Masai communities! You will also be assisting at the Koiyaki Guiding School to train up local Masai guides to promote sustainable tourism in the area.
- Lion research and monitoring
- Diverse data collection guided by experienced field staff. This is particularly exciting during the months of July-October during the Great Migration
- Learn from experienced Masai guides about life in the African bush
- Work alongside local Masai expert instructors in training and educating students from the surrounding Masai community to be safari guides
- Assist in efforts to empower the local Masai communities to value their environment through conservation education
- Be involved in helping and improving the facilities of a Masai school located on the edge of the Masai Mara ecosystem
- Get a taste of the Kenyan / Masai culture; learn a bit of Swahili & Masai (Maa)!
- Make friends for life
- Live in the heart of the finest safari destinations in the world!
Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya offers beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, with an ethnic diversity that has produced a vibrant culture. This project is situated in the newly established Mara Naboisho Conservancy, in the heart of the Masai Mara eco system and just north of the National Reserve. This conservancy area is geographically linked with a number of conservancies as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve, encouraging wildlife to move over large areas.
You will be staying in rustic yet comfortable dormitories at Koiyaki Guiding School in the heart of the Kenyan bush. You will be staying in a male/female dormitory with an outside eating/kitchen area. There is no formal plumbing system but toilet seats have been secured over traditional toilet facilities. Hot water is available at night for showers. KGS provides secure and simple accommodation with everything that you will need. Mosquito nets and towels will be provided at your accommodation. Cell phone reception is patchy around KGS, although a Safaricom sim card will be available for your use during your stay and is to be returned at the end of your time on project. Airtime needs to be bought and is available from your project coordinators. Should you wish to use the internet, it is recommended that you bring your own laptop and buy a 3G modem at the airport in Nairobi. This gives you better access to internet during your own time.
Situated on the equator on Africas east coast, Kenya offers beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, with an ethnic diversity that has produced a vibrant culture. This project is situated in the newly established Mara Naboisho Conservancy, in the heart of the Masai Mara eco system and just north of the National Reserve. This conservancy area is geographically linked with a number of conservancies as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve, encouraging wildlife to move over large areas.
Generally volunteers will work on the project Monday – Friday from 06:30 – 20:00 and till 10:00 on a Saturday morning, with the rest of the day and Sunday as your free time.
The above weekly schedule will change according the holiday dates for the Koiyaki Guiding School and Olesere Primary School.
|2 WEEKS – 2013 – £1,060
3 WEEKS – 2013 – £1,385
4 WEEKS – 2013 – £1,715
6 WEEKS – 2013 – £2,305
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