The Masai Mara
Our camp stands on the border of the Mara, as locals term it. This incredible reserve within the Serengeti ecosystem lies elevated between 1400 –2,200 meters above sea level and stretches over 600 sq. miles. It is famously, hence the name, the home of the colourful Maasai people, their language Maa, and their existence dependent upon the proud heritage of cattle ownership.
The sheer number of big cats, antelope, elephant, rhino, giraffe and zebra supported by this vast grassland, to name a few of the teeming species of mammals, creates an awe-inspiring spectacle for visitors. One becomes acutely aware that this is a world heritage reserve without equal, and should be carefully protected.
One of the well-documented annual events within the Mara is the vast circular migration around the Serengeti of wildebeest, zebra and others in search of fresh pasture brought by the rain.
During the migration these plains are flooded with animals making their way from and to the Serengeti, this is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving an immensity of herbivores: some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 191,000 zebra make up this great spectacle, besides that, all members of the “Big Five” are found in the Masai Mara and make game viewing an unforgettable experience. For bird lovers there are over 950 species that have been identified in the Masai Mara Ecosystem.
These hundreds of thousands of animals, driven by unrelenting instinct and accompanied by carnivores such as big cats and crocodiles with the resulting predation, encounter spectacular obstacles causing massive numbers of deaths. The Masai Mara supports the highest concentration of lion in the world.
Visitors to Entumoto can be part of this natural spectacle from the camp or from vehicles. Watched by the Maasai warriors, the big cats have been seen within the camp.
Entumoto is situated within the Masai Mara, described as the eighth wonder of the world. As such, every effort must be made to preserve this incredible wildlife sanctuary. We at Entumoto dedicate ourselves to being part of its protection and to this end our camp functions in the most eco-friendly way possible.
We have our own well with crystal clear water that is enough for the camp and for the waterholes serving the wildlife. Importantly our own water filtration plant. We use only environmentally friendly liquids and cleaning materials. We are driven by the ambition to have as low an impact on the natural habitat as possible and have our own organic vegetable garden. Through that we reduce transport to and from Nairobi not to mention the advantage of eating wonderfully tasty organic produce.
Hot water to tents and kitchen is solar powered and in parallel, wood burning water heaters to the showers. Solar powered battery systems generate electricity with a back up diesel generator for surplus requirements. All electrical fittings are low consumption based products. We are developing the idea of electrically motored safari vehicles. Our policy is to keep up with and use the latest eco tech.
We engage ourselves in the project to better the Masai Mara by correct waste disposal, pelleting of garbage for burning , forest planting, education, water management and the reduction of the need to burn wood and make charcoal.
We have an ongoing engagement in the conservation and development of this wilderness, particularly with regard to the growing population encroachment and resultant human activity such as cattle raising and grazing plus crop growing.
Thirty years ago, the semi-nomadic Maasai people, who followed the rains with their cattle, became increasingly regulated by the authorities. This forced the creation of permanent villages and population increase. At same time, numbers of cattle multiplied, putting wildlife grazing area under pressure. People seeking employment in the tourist camps within the park have created growing settlements outside the park gates. This has created a difficult to manage stand-off between human development and wildlife.
We have engaged ourselves in The Siana conservancy which is located on the northeastern boundary of the Masai Mara Reserve and covers an area of 29000 acres. This conservancy has been formed and there are some 16 rangers hired. The income from the reserve will go toward caring for the reserve but more importantly to the communities in the area so that they don’t need to disturb the wildlife and their habitat. We also support the development of a modern slaughter house. And we encourage a lower number of high quality cattle, preferable to a high number of poor quality cattle for slaughter.
We support different community projects through the Peder von Heland Trust in memory of the late son of the founder. The trust is active in supporting educational programs in building and handicrafts in the Siana boarding school and will supply them with trade and technical teaching as well as tools of the trade, teaching children and adults alike to build houses and dig bore holes for water supply. We are also building a library in Ololaimutiek school and providing scholarships for young women to further their education so that they can manage their families safely and in a healthy way.
Our guests are invited to participate in the projects we have initiated.