An independent non profit organisation associated with the House in the Wild focusing on the conservation of the areas on the Northern edges of the Maasai Mara ecosystem and the communities and wildlife therein.
Futures in the Wild
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.
Ikigai is a Japanese term that describes finding your purpose — ‘iki’ means life and ‘gai’ means value.
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. So we have to work hard to make sure our presence here is working for them too!
We founded the Enonkishu Conservancy, an area of land owned by a cooperative of Maasai landowners on which we 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 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.
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 employ local mammas to run our vegetable garden, where we source the majority of the fresh the vegetables and salads for our menus.
THE RESEARCH CENTRE
Enonkishu Conservancy follows a bio-monitoring program on a quarterly basis where data is collected on different flora and fauna in the conservancy. Its exciting to see the improvements and the habitats being restored. Guests are welcome to visit and get involved!
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!