the Masai Mara
Only a 30 minute drive from the camp, the Masai Mara is the eighth wonder of the world. This incredible reserve within the Serengeti ecosystem lies elevated 1400–2,200 meters above sea level and stretches over 1,510 sq. km. It is famously the home of the colourful Masai tribesmen who live in small villages called Manyattas and their existence is 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. For bird lovers there are over 950 species that have been identified in the Masai Mara Ecosystem. One soon becomes acutely aware that this is a world heritage reserve without equal, and should be carefully protected.
The Great Migration
One of the most impressive natural events worldwide happens annually within the Mara – the well-documented great migration. This is where more than a million wildebeest, and other animals, move through the park and the surrounding conservancies in search of fresh pasture brought by the rain.
During the migration these plains are flooded with animals, driven by unrelenting instinct, making their way from and to the Serengeti. Not just wildebeest but hundreds of thousands of Thomson’s gazelle and zebra as well.
The Masai Mara supports the highest concentration of lion in the world and the other members of the “Big Five” – it is a spectacular game viewing experience where watching a chase becomes a daily activity.
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 this we reduce transport to and from Nairobi not to mention the advantage of eating wonderfully tasty organic produce.
Hot water to the tents and the kitchen is solar powered and our new sun power system will help reduce the amount we use the wood burning water heaters for 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 actually developing the idea of electrically motored safari vehicles - we would be the first in the Masai Mara - our policy is to keep up with and use the latest eco tech.
We engage ourselves in projects 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 on-going engagement in the conservation and development of this wilderness.