The Ecosystem Opportunity
Sera and Melako Community Conservancies in Northern Kenya are some of the most spectacular community ranches of northern Kenya operating under the banner of the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT, www.nrt-kenya.org). NRT is an umbrella organization which has developed the community conservancy model to improve biodiversity conservation and livelihoods of local people. Until now these two remote conservancies have not benefited from any income generation through tourism and remain wild and undeveloped. A adventurous traveler and speculative investor paradise.
The area of the tourism concession covers 110,000 hectares of a remote, arid wilderness straddling both Sera and Melako. The area has only a few tracks, no permanent settlements and is used only on a seasonal basis by nomadic pastoralists from the Samburu and Rendille tribes. The wide dry riverbeds, or luggas, that cross the area are lined with dense riverine vegetation that provides essential food, shade and routes for wildlife to traverse this arid landscape.
A largely undisturbed wilderness, it is not uncommon to come across lion, leopard and cheetah and in the wet season large herds of elephant. The area also has resident populations of, amongst others, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, lesser kudu, oryx, Grants gazelle, dik dik, hyena, baboon and vervet monkeys.
A few permanent springs are dotted through the area, providing water year-round for wildlife. The bird life is spectacular, with huge clouds of sand grouse arriving at the springs in the early mornings. In the dry season massive herds of livestock move in from hundreds of miles around in search of grazing and water. Herdsmen dig shallow wells in the dry river beds from which they water their livestock. The first community-owned sanctuary for Black rhino in East Africa is currently being constructed in Sera conservancy, immediately to the south of the concession area.
The Travel Opportunity
Join us for a few nights under the stars and around the campfire in your own private mobile camp which we will set up for you in one of the dry river beds in the heart of the Sera Melako Conservancy. The camp will include large en-suite tents and a central mess area, ice for your gin and tonics, three course meals under the stars and drinks around a roaring fire at night. Arrive by helicopter (or fixed wing charter) and we will spend a few days exploring these mighty conservancies. This will include day and night wilderness drives, bird watching, visits to local wells, the ranch headquarters and the black rhino conservancy.
The Investment Opportunity
WP holds a business proposal for the development of tourism in the concession. Details on request.
The Campfire Introduction
Mobile Expeditions and Lengaia Camp Ian Craig, Northern Rangelands Trust Chairman, Sera Conservancy Chaiman, melako Conservancy Community Representatives.
How to generate much needed funds to cover both the operational and capital investment required to secure local communities and wildlife in this beautiful yet critical ecosystem mosaic.