Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya

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Responsible tourism: Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya

The tourism venture (and land) is wholly owned and operated by the local Maasai community through SEMADEP - Sekanani Maasai Development Project - as a project that raises money to educate poor children and build a rescue centre for girls running away from Female Genital Mutilation. A committee has been set up to run the camp. All profits are used for community development in the Sekanani area. All staff are from the local Maasai community including the Camp Manager. All receive training from local and national development organisations e.g. SNV and ACC. The community provides school fees for orphans. We are also building shallow wells in the community. We are raising the funds to equip the local, rural health clinic.

Travellers support us by staying with us in our camp rather than one of the mainstream tourist camps, by engaging in our volunteer programme, and by going on safari walks, and cattle herding, with us local Maasai. This holiday is part of the and Conservation International Community Based Tourism Programme to support and promote community based tourism ventures that offer significant conservation and development benefits to local communities.

1 Reviews of Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Arriving in the village - the warmth of the welcome, the pleasure of staying in a manyatta (mud hut). Also the activities are wonderful - walks amongst the zebra, milking cows, firing bows and arrows, lighting fires. Really good fun!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I went for 4 nights - 2 in the camp and 2 in the village. The camp is great - paraffin lamps, good food and comfy beds. You can get the lie of the land and start to get to know your hosts. But don't miss out on staying in the village - unforgettable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Totally - the experience is designed by the Maasai to showcase their wonderful culture. And all profits go the them. They use the money to fund a school, water pump and health clinic. Compare this (v reasonably priced) experience to the ridiculous expense of lavish camps in the national park. (Semadep is only 2km from the park gates by the way, and they'll organize safari drives.)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was my best ever travel experience, and I am a travel writer. I made new friends and learned so much, all in a relaxed environment.

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