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.
To conserve the unique ecosystem that surrounds the Collection in the Wild properties (and beyond) and develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development and education.
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.
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Through our Wild Beads program, we aim to support sustainable livelihoods for Maasai women, their families and communities and help to restore wildlife habitats by planting trees in the Mara Serengeti Ecosystem.
We work with the women of the Maa Trust to increase the benefits of wildlife and conservation to Maasai families so that they appreciate and contribute to the protection of wild animals on their land.
The goal of the Maa trust is to work towards a harmonious balance between conservation and sustainable human development in the Maasai Mara, providing a sustainable alternative livelihood to generate income for Maasai women and their families. Beading is the tribal art and talent of Maasai, who have been famed for their adornment for centuries.
Deforestation is an ongoing environmental issue in Kenya. It is estimated that in the last 50 years, Kenya has lost almost half of its forest land. With every WILD bracelet sold, 2 trees are planted in the Greater Mara Ecosystem, while raising awareness about deforestation in Kenya.
We feel phenomenally lucky to be based in this beautiful part of the world, accepted by the incredible local communities and supporting the wildlife that surround us.
We founded the Enonkishu Conservancy, and are members of the Global Savory network. Enonkishu is an area of land owned by a cooperative of Maasai landowners which our guests use for game drives. Every guest staying pays a fee that gets spilt amongst the landowners to bring in revenue and keep the wildlife safe. We are also members of the Global Savory Network, practicing Holistic Management.
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 aluminium 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 run 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.
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 go down a treat!
More than just a bracelet!
To extract carbon out of our air.
To restore biodiversity.
To reduce soil erosion.
To create employment.
To spread the word.
To make a WILD difference!
Each bracelet sold will see 2 indigenous trees planted.
The Indigenous Seedlings are sourced from a Community Based Organisation called The Women Treeplanter’s of the Mara. The purchase of these bracelets helps to keep this enterprise growing too. The women work on finding indigenous seeds, they plant them into recyclable bags and grow seedlings. The tree seedlings are planted in a Mara River bank restoration program, that help reduce soil erosion and protect the banks of the Mara River.
Not only is the planting of trees helping improve biodiversity on the edge of the Mara River but these trees are also helping local women earn a living!