Mara Naboisho Wildlife Conservancy is part of a new effort to maintain and conserve the greater Mara Ecosystem North of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Naboisho represents 500 Maasai land owners partnering together with tourism and conservation to restore the land back to its wildlife-rich state and to maintain a vital dispersal and migration area for the wildlife of the Mara ecosystem. At over 20,000 Ha (50,000 acres), Naboisho covers a vast, wild area, with a rich biodiversity.
500 Maasai land owners – Koiyaki Wilderness Camp – Basecamp Ecocamp – Kicheche Valley Camp – Asilia Naboisho Camp – African Encounter Naboisho – Ol Seki.
Professional wildlife and land management in Mara North Conservancy is undertaken by Seiya Ltd. With over 40 years experience with wildlife conservation and community empowerment, and while also managing Mara North Conservancy and the Mara Triangle, Seiya offers effective, holistic management to a very large area of the Mara Ecosystem
Member camps within Naboisho are restricted in size, and continually strive to implement lowimpact eco-friendly practices. The aim is to minimize tourism’s ecological impact in the area, and to maximiseits economic impact on local communities and conservation of the area. All visitors will be guided by well-qualified, conscientious guides who follow a strict code of conduct.
Naboisho is characterised by a mosaic of thorny Acacia woodland and wide open plains on high plateaus, divided by numerous seasonal water courses lined with typical riverine vegetation.
Naboisho’s widely varied ecology provides habitat for a high diversity of wildlife. The protection of this area maintains a valuable corridor and dispersal area for both the Serengeti and Loita wildebeest migrations. Big cats are not in short supply, with resident Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs living off the plentiful food supply of a variety of antelope. Naboisho also supports a very large population of giraffe, and sightings of up to 25 giraffe at a time are not unusual.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy Game Viewing Rules
Mara Naboisho Conservancy is proud to enforce high game viewing standards. The rules are in place to both conserve the area and to ensure that you have the best game viewing experience possible:
Don’t Crowd– 4 Cars at a sighting
No more than 4 vehicles may be in close proximity to an animal at any one time, as crowding animals may separate families or spoil a hunt.
Waiting vehicles must remain 100 m away, until one of the viewing vehicles has moved off. Vehicles at the sighting must move away after 15 min.
Keep your Distance – 20 Metres
Viewing and photography of animals should be done at least 20 m (about 4 car lengths) away from animals, so that it in no way distresses or in any way hinders the animals’ natural behaviour.
Leave animals in peace and quiet
No shouting, cheering or clapping may be used to attract an animal’s attention. Switch off engines and mobile phones. If animals are in a bush or thicket, it is strictly forbidden to flush them out, whistle, shout or throw objects to get their attention. All body movements must be kept slow and to a minimum. Under no circumstances may wild animals be fed.
Smoking is not permitted on any safari activities, unless at designated rest spots. Please take care not to offend non-smokers and to collect cigarette butts for proper disposal back at camp.
Stay in the car
Passengers must remain within vehicles at all times when in close proximity to any wild animals.
No passengers are allowed to stand on vehicle roofs in proximity to wild animals, as your silhouette may disturb them. Vehicles may only be left at picnic sites, designated walking areas or sundowner spots.
Stay on track – No Off-road Driving
Drivers are strongly discouraged from driving off road. Off road driving is only permitted where it is necessary for game viewing, it does not cause stress to an animal, it does not cause unnecessary damage to flora or where reasonable precaution needs to be taken not to get stuck.
Take care of the cubs
Viewing of cubs must be treated with sensitivity and may only be viewed when the mother is present.
Leave no waste behind
No litter, including tissues, bottles, cans, food waste, cigarette butts or any other refuse may be discarded into the bush. Please take all waste back to your camp, where it will gladly be disposed of. Please do not flush any foreign septic objects (paper, sanitary products, etc) down the toilet, but use the bins provided.
Night Game drives
The use of infra-red lights or red filters on spotlights is mandatory, and vehicles must be back by 10 pm. If following a hunting predator at night, all lights must be switched off when a predator is stalking prey.
Only very short bursts of light not shone directly at either animal (predator and prey) are acceptable in order to determine the status of the hunt. Breeding animals may not be disturbed by night game viewing. Night viewing of cubs may only occur when they are 4 months old and above.