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Mara Training Centre
Kenya

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

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Experience Mara with EcoTraining

Located on the banks of the Mara river, the camp is nestled between communities and wildlife conservancies. The courses provide insight into the issues of cohabitation and conflict between the community herdsmen and their livestock, crops, and ‌wildlife.

Enonkishu Conservancy is a world-class wildlife-viewing conservancy located on the banks of the Mara River and secured by the resident community. It covers 2428 hectares of wildlife grazing rangelands and has access to two other conservancies, Ol Choro Oiroua and Lemek. Ol Choro Oiroua covers 6879 hectares while Lemek has reduced in size to around 7689 hectares due to its merger with Mara North.

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Where is the Mara training centre located?

Traversing is not limited to Enonkishu alone. We also have access to two other conservancies in close proximity. Ol Choro Oiroua Conservancy covers 6879 hectares (17,000 acres) of a group ranch in the most northern section of Masai Mara wilderness. The conservancy logistics and land are managed by Seiya Limited under the guardianship of Fairmont Kenya, and the Fairmont airstrip is also the closest air link to our camp.

Lemek Conservancy is another of Kenya’s wildlife management success stories though with a twist. Most part of Lemek-Koiyaki has now merged with the adjoining Mara North thus reducing Lemek’s size to around 7689 hectares (19,000 acres).

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.

Activities at the Mara Training Centre

Wildlife Sightings

Our EcoTraining camp in Kenya is home to Thomson’s gazelle, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, elephants, lions, jackal, hyenas, crocodiles, bat-eared foxes and hippopotami. 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 northeast, from July to October or later.

Conservation projects

In our program, participants engage in conservation activities and gain insights into the interconnected relationship between local communities, wildlife, and conservation efforts. Through real-life examples and transformative experiences, they witness the positive impact of restoring wildlife habitats and improving people’s lives near the Mara Training Centre. This reciprocal learning process fosters a dynamic knowledge exchange, allowing participants to learn from local communities while sharing their expertise. It comprehensively explains the region’s interconnectedness between communities, wildlife conservation, and sustainable development.

Daily walks & drives

A highlight of your stay will be the daily game walks and game drives that we offer. Led by experienced guides, you will have the chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the African bush up close. With each step, you’ll be amazed by the incredible diversity of wildlife that surrounds you.

Additional activities

The place is absolutely stunning for bird-watching enthusiasts. There are plenty of green areas and lawns perfect for reading and relaxing. Plus, you can take the occasional dip in the swimming pool. It’s a great place to unwind and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Staying at the camp

Tents

Six bungalow styled tented camp. Sleep up to 16 people.

Bedding

Comfortable framed beds, sheets, duvet and a pillow.

Ablutions

Shared ablutions and communal area.

Mosquitoes

No mosquito nets are provided in camp.

What to bring

An additional blanket and an additional pillow, should you require it.

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