Located on the banks of the Mara river, the centre is nestled between communities and the wildlife conservancies. The courses provide insight into the issues of cohabitation and conflict between the community herdsmen with their livestock and crops and the wildlife.
The Mara Training centre evolved from informal community meetings under an acacia tree within the Enonkishu Conservancy to what it has become today.
Enonkishu was founded in 2009 by Tarquin and Philippa Wood, whom together with their neighbours established a community to work together to protect the fragile northeastern boundary of the Mara Serengeti ecosystem. The aim is to improve livelihoods and maintain heritage through wildlife compatible land uses such as ecotourism and improved livestock production in the region.
Enonkishu was established and today secures 6000 acres of wildlife grazing rangelands, owned by the resident community on the edge of the Greater Mara Ecosystem. It has become a world-class wildlife viewing conservancy.
Traversing is not limited to Enonkishu alone, we also have access to two other conservancies in close proximity. Ol Choro Oiroua Conservancy covers 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 19000 acres. The land was once privately owned by the Maasai communities before being transitioned to the Koyaiki Group Ranch and Lemek Group Ranch. The group ranches became key partners in the introduction of the conservancy. Measures are taken to set aside areas of the conservancy that served as valuable habitats for flora and fauna. Guest accommodations and activity services are provided to generate revenue to operate the conservancy, as well as benefit local communities. The result is a relatively small conservancy with few visitors, good wildlife viewing and pleasant scenery.