Savory Journey to the Wild

The Enonkishu Conservancy is situated on the northernmost point of the Greater Mara Ecosystem with a focus on wildlife and livestock improvement through innovative management programs operating alongside novel tourism projects. Enonkishu aims to preserve and strengthen the boundaries of the Mara Ecosystem and to protect this fragile boundary crucial to the survival of the entire ecosystem. Enonkishu Conservancy is privately owned land, belonging to individual members of Maasai tribe and held in partnership as a wilderness area of 10,000 acres. Experience the famous wildlife of the Mara and immerse yourself in the innovative and collaborative projects of the conservancy and community.

 

Journey Highlights

  • Learn about the area’s unique holistic context and connect with local communities improving their resilience through conserving natural resources, wildlife and heritage in an increasingly fragile ecosystem.
  • Experience the Maasai Mara during the height of the wildebeest migration and learn about the bordering Enonkishu Conservancy, considered one of the best wildlife conservation organizations operating in Kenya.
  • Enjoy amazing lodging tucked away on Naretoi, a 1000-acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy and surrounded by game along the banks of the Mara River. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the land, culture, food, activities and hospitality of the region.

 

Itinerary – 9 Days (Subject to Change)

Day 1 (Friday, 13 July) – Welcome to Kenya!

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, transfer to the Hotel Boulevard for the night and enjoy dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2 (Saturday, 14 July) – Enonkishu Conservancy, Maasai Mara

Relaxing breakfast on the hotel patio, drive south to the Enonkishu Conservancy (5 hours), check into our lodging at House in the Wild and enjoy settling in for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 (Sunday, 15 July) – Savory Network, Enonkishu Conservancy in Action

 

Introduction to the Savory Network Enonkishu Conservancy through contextual presentations, practical demonstrations and exercises directly connected with the key insights on Holistic Management. Enonkishu has three core enterprises – training, livestock and tourism. The conservancy is committed to sustainable rangeland management that allows space and resources for all people, cattle, and wildlife. To achieve this, Enonkishu seeks a balance between conservation of the ecosystem and appropriate enterprise for the resident Maasai communities. Enonkishu is adopting a unique approach to conserving land by creating a viable livestock enterprise through a Holistic Management approach. Through this approach, Enonkishu is improving productivity of the livestock in the region, improving local livelihoods and maintaining heritage. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 (Monday, 16 July) – Savory Network, Enonkishu Conservancy in Action

Spend the day seeing different aspects of the holistically managed projects on the Enonkishu Conservancy. Learn about community projects within the local context, see the cattle and talk with the herders. Enjoy land walks and explore the local plants, animals and history of the area. See firsthand how Enonkishu promotes community led conservation, looking after the heritage, people and the natural resources of an increasingly fragile ecosystem on the edge of the Mara Serengeti Ecosystem. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 (Tuesday, 17 July) – Mara Game Reserve Safari

Visit the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve at the height of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The reserve is situated directly adjacent to Enonkishu and is considered one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top big game viewing eco-system. See big cats, vast herds of wildebeest, elephants and plains game. Enjoy Dinner and sundowners back at House in the Wild. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 (Wednesday, 18 July) – House in the Wild & Local Community

Enjoy a relaxing day around our luxury lodging. House in the Wild is very proud that all of the fresh veggies, eggs, milk, cream and baked goods are produced by the farm or the family. They have, fresh, healthy and delicious ingredients delivered to their kitchen from the farm daily, to create fresh and delicious meals.  Mara Beef provide their prime beef for delicious fillets, burgers, and steaks. Take the day to swim in the pool near the river, walk around and explore the local area, or go on a guided hike up the Kileleoni Hill. An early morning 15 minute walk to the dairy herd to milk a cow for your morning coffee makes it all the more delicious. We will take the afternoon to learn about local living with a visit to a Maasai Manynatta home and the Emarti Primary and Secondary Schools. With over 700 children to visit, guests always get a warm welcome. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 (Thursday, 19 July) – Maasai Leaders and Community Interaction

Connect with the local community and learn about their role in the sustainable management of the conservancy. Discuss details related to grazing planning, community collaboration and local customs. Learn how Holistic Management is applied to everyday decision making. The Enonkishu community consists primarily of Maasai pastoralist families whose main source of income is livestock. Together with the elders, the mammas and the youth, Enonkishu is helping to implement a grazing plan and engage in social enterprises that will improve livelihoods, environment and revenues for all. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 (Friday, 20 July) – Enonkishu Conservancy

Start the day with an early morning bird walk followed with time exploring the large density and variety of wildlife within the Enonkishu Conservancy itself. There is a pack of wild dogs residing in the forest on the hills and a resident pride of lion, along with leopard and elephants. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and a farewell dinner in the bush under the stars. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 (Saturday, 21 July) – Nairobi

Final breakfast along the banks of the Mara River at House in the Wild and an early morning drive to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi (5 hours) for your flight home. (Breakfast).

 

Journey Cost

USD $4900.00 Price is per person, double occupancy. If you would like a single occupancy room, please make this request via email to journeys@savory.global and expect to spend an additional $50 per night. International airfare to/from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is not included.

GROUP SIZE: 6–12

Inclusions: All meals as stated in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), lodging on the nights of 13 July – 20 July, ground transportation, park and conservancy fees, safaris.

Exclusions: International airfare to/from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, personal travel insurance (highly recommended), additional personal travel expenses.

What to Expect

Accommodation Style

Quality Nairobi hotel, luxury private house and/or luxury safari tents.

Travel Logistics

This itinerary is a journey in the truest sense; travelers should be flexible, keep an open mind, and be in good health. Roads will often be unpaved with long drives in a 4×4 vehicle.

  

 

Questions?

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