Maasai Mara is one of the most iconic wildlife conservation areas in the world. Located in southwestern Kenya, it’s named after the Maasai people and the Mara River, which divides it. The Maasai Mara National Reserve and the surrounding conservancies together form a critical part of the greater Mara ecosystem.

Conservancies are tracts of land that surround the main Maasai Mara National Reserve. These conservancies are usually formed through agreements with local Maasai landowners who lease their land to tourism operators. The aim of these conservancies is to expand the protected area for wildlife while also providing direct benefits to the local community through income from tourism.

  1. Mara Naboisho Conservancy: The conservancy covers around 210 km² and offers high-quality wildlife viewing, including all the big cats and the Big Five. It’s known for its high density of lions.

  2. Mara North Conservancy: Covering approximately 370 km², this conservancy provides a home for the largest concentration of wildlife in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.

  3. Olare Motorogi Conservancy: Smaller than the others but teeming with wildlife, Olare Motorogi covers about 137 km² and is particularly known for its big cats.

  4. Ol Kinyei Conservancy: Known for its diverse habitats and bird species, this conservancy covers around 69 km².

  5. Lemek Conservancy: An area that provides important wildlife habitat, Lemek Conservancy covers around 65 km².

  6. Mara Siana Conservancy: Mara Siana is in the eastern region of the Maasai Mara and offers both wildlife and cultural experiences.

These conservancies offer a more private and less crowded experience than the main reserve and contribute to conservation efforts by protecting critical wildlife habitat, managing grazing to prevent overuse, and involving local communities in wildlife conservation.

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

It is located in the Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem, adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Established in 2010, it’s a community-led initiative aimed at conserving the land and wildlife in this area, while simultaneously providing sustainable benefits to the local Maasai population.

Mara North Conservancy

The Mara North Conservancy is a private wildlife conservancy located in the Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem in southwestern Kenya. Established in 2009, it’s a partnership between local Maasai landowners and a small consortium of tourism partners, with the shared goal of conserving this critical piece of the Mara ecosystem and ensuring sustainable benefits for the local Maasai people.