Nashulai is the only community and wildlife conservancy in East Africa
that is owned, directed and managed by the Maasai people and Elders.
Jambo! I’m Nelson Ole Reiyia. I am a local Maasai who left to obtain a university degree, then returned to my people. In council with
the Elders, we came together to create the first Conservancy & safari camp to be owned, directed and managed by the Maasai themselves.
The Nashulai Conservancy is comprised of 6000 acres right next to the Maasai Mara National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; with the highest density of animals in the African wilderness—from gorgeous birds to roaming prides of lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, gazelles and wildebeest.
25,000 species of wild animals, 7,000 species of wild plants and
over 50 protected areas across all ecosystems, Kenya is ranked
as one of the most biodiversity-rich countries in the world
After the conservancy was formed, the Maasai Elders directed that the fences dividing up the land must be taken down. The fences interfered with the animals’ natural migration routes and the Conservancy is a critical ecological and elephant corridor linking the big Conservancies of the area with the Mara, and on down to the Serengeti. The elephants and giraffes come to Nashulai (our conservancy) to give birth.
The Nashulai conservancy is funded via our Safari Camp and Expeditions. In this way we are reversing poverty among the local Maasai villagers (who work and learn skills) while protecting local animal and plant diversity at the same time. We are thrilled to offer our guests the opportunity to personally engage with us and learn about challenges such as ecological conservation, our critically endangered species, poaching, education-poverty, discrimination against girls, etc.
We often host overseas schools or humanitarian groups who combine their wildlife experience with helping to build a classroom for local children, or shoring up the riverbank from erosion, or planting trees, and so on.
One-on-one conversations provide an unparalleled opportunity for travellers to have a personal, in depth conversation with experts: those playing key roles in the conservancy. Whether a poacher-turned-ranger, a wildlife biologist, a leading local advocate against female genital mutilation (FGM) and female child marriage, and of course our respected Maasai Elders, whose wisdom has been passed down orally from time immemorial, preserved in our stories, and whose knowledge remains the moral heart of our communities. Our Elders come to our Story Café to share their stories and healing with our guests.
The Nashulai experience is always
a joyful one –for the spirit and the mind.
“Nice beds, cool Safari tent, fantastic organic food. But the reason why you should actually go there is simply the good stuff you are doing with your visit. The founders have done so great simply with these facilities that you just can´t believe it. Apart from the complete solar powered camp, they grow their vegetables in their own garden, provide jobs for the local population (that’s seldom the case in the other camps) and have set up various development centers for the community around. They have even established their own conservancy. This is a far more unique experience than staying in these poshy camps in the middle of the Mara where you put your money into luxury, but not into something that benefits the community you are visiting. But going to Oldarpoi almost feels like a donation. The most fun and adventurous donation I´ve ever made.”- Denny E, Hannover, Germany
Children are beloved in our culture, and are welcomed wholeheartedly in our villages. We gladly encourage and help children and young people participate in our world, learn about the regeneration of the land and its ecology, our culture and the wildlife – whether learning tracking and scouting in the bush from the Maasai warriors, or joining our children in our small school for fun or even to help teach.
What is Socially Conscious Tourism?
Also called socially responsible or sustainable travel, this way of visiting and interacting with the world and indigenous cultures takes into account the full impact of the tourism dollar and activity on the local community. It also emphasizes the positive effect tourism can have on local communities and biospheres.
When local people have no education, and no ways to earn money, they are forced to put the survival of their children ahead of the environment and wildlife. This is at the root of massive deforestation in many parts of Africa – people are cutting and burning trees to cook their food.
But as the trees disappear, the land heats up and the rains don’t come… which creates scarcity for both humans and wildlife. It is a tragic and destructive feedback loop.
Our Nashulai Conservancy breaks that negative loop with our Mixed-Use Conservancy; where nature, wildlife, and indigenous people live in peace and balance, side-by-side. And everyone thrives.
CONSERVE WILDLIFE. PRESERVE CULTURE. REVERSE POVERTY
When your Safari expedition – your journey of discovery – takes place at the Nasuhulai Conservancy, you can have an emotional, physical and spiritual experience of this:
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“The team at Oldarpoi Mara Camp really exceeded my expectations. On arrival they greeted my friends and I with a dance, bright smiles and a refreshing drink. The accommodation was really comfortable and extremely safe. For extra peace of mind there is always a Maasai Warrior patrolling the nights until sunrise. The food was amazing and service was second to none. The game drive is only minutes away from the camp and exploring the wildlife was amazing. We even experienced how the local villages live. Truly a life changing experience. They even clothed me as a Maasai Warrior! 🙂 – Alfiojr, Sydney, Australia