Apart from their nature stewardship, another thing the conservancies all have in common is that ecotourism is important in supporting their activities, just as their activities are important in supporting the ecosystem.
It’s what the UNDP would call a triple win: win for the economy, win for the community and win for nature! However the Covid Pandemic has hit the ecotourism sector very hard and now that vaccination is helping normalize travel and tourism again, all the conservancies, including Chake, are eager to welcome visitors back to this wonderful part of Africa!
- Chake is brand new! If you want to give them a helping hand it will certainly have good leverage! This is a Fledgling Community Conservancy directed by Honorary Ranger Charles Kinara and his board.
- The word ‘chake’ in Kiswahili language means ‘theirs’ and reducing human-wildlife conflict is a core mission. Their whole outlook is nature-centered; they see the land as belonging to the animals as well in a common heritage, the human and wildlife community is worth protecting and as such they are opposed to hunting tourism, preferring sustainable eco-tourism instead.
- To my knowledge, Chake is quite remarkable as many of the Directors and Rangers serve as medics and paramedics and teachers in the Narok area. As well as conserving the natural splendour of the area by conducting reforestation and patrolling to prevent wildlife and forest crime, they help in health and environmental education.
- I’ve been assisting Chake with their Chake Community Conservancy website (so any faults there are mine and I’d be grateful if you would alert me to them for remedy).
The Maasai Mara National Reserve offers visitors year-round wildlife watching in the world’s richest big game park. Sweeping vistas of grassland with characteristic acacia trees have hardly changed since the dawn of mankind! Lions, zebras, elephants, rhinos and hippos? They’ve got ‘em! That’s because they protect them and this natural heritage is worth far more to them alive as part of their living landscape than they would ever be dead or removed.
If you are considering a Kenyan holiday, please allow some extra time to enjoy and support the community and cultural context of the protected areas!
This article represents the author’s genuine opinions and the author Charles Paxton has received, and expects, no payment for this article.