Bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, volunteers here assist with vital conservation and wildlife research in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Go out on game drives in rustic Africa and assist wildlife research, development of a local wildlife guiding school for sustainable development and a rural primary school.
Masai Mara Big Cat, Wildlife Research & Conservation Project Masai Mara, Kenya
Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya offers beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, complete with an ethnic diversity that has produced a vibrant culture! As a volunteer on the Masai Mara Project you will help to preserve the balance between the local Masai communities and the endangered species in the area. You will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife research activities in a new and spectacular Masai Mara conservancy area! Make an impact by promoting the “Green Villages” sustainable conservation concept in surrounding Masai communities. You will also be assisting at the Koiyaki Guiding School to train up local Masai guides to promote sustainable tourism in the area.
- Enhance conservation of Masai Mara wildlife by converting this region into an economically viable conservation area
- To equip local people with the professional skills needed for them to participate in and promote conservation and wildlife management
- To improve the facilities at the Koiyaki guiding school (e.g. building dormitories, dining area and kitchen)
- To reduce encroachment of wildlife habitat by farming communities and thereby reduce man-wildlife conflict
- To provide financial benefits from tourism to the local communities thus underpinning advantages of conservation for their own lifestyle
- Animal Behavior, First Aid, Culture, Anthropology, Customs
- Visitor Handling, Driving Skills, Environment and Wildlife Management
- Natural History, Photography, Camp Management and Cuisine
We've gone back to 2013 pricing for a limited time only!
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Masai Mara, Kenya
What will I be doing?
Involved with conservation, education and training.
- Learn more about Lion, Elephant and Cheetah species through research and monitoring
- Participate in diverse data collection guided by experienced field staff -this is particularly exciting during the months of July-October during the Great Migration!
- Learn from experienced Masai guides about life in the African bush
- Work alongside local Masai expert instructors in training and educating students from the surrounding Masai community to be safari guides
- Assist in efforts to empower the local Masai communities to value their environment through conservation education
- Be involved in helping and improving the facilities of a Masai school located on the edge of the Masai Mara ecosystem
- Get a taste of the Kenyan / Masai culture – even learn a bit of Swahili & Masai (Maa)!
- Live in the heart of the finest safari destinations in the world!
- Make friends for life with the other international volunteers on the program!
- Project fee – this goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. It facilitates funding for resource items such as building materials, equipment, vehicles, foodstuffs, and project supplies needed for the development of the project
- All transfers to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on scheduled dates
- Stay over in Limuru if necessary and transfer to Mara Naboisho Conservancy
- Full board and lodging and 3 meals a day
- Comprehensive Orientation
- Any daily transport that might be required as part of the project during your stay
- Weekly laundry service
- 24 hour support from our trained African Impact staff for the entire time of your placement
- Kenyan SIM card on arrival at the project so that you can stay in touch with family and friends! This SIM card is to be returned at the end of your stay
- All transport by air or bus to Nairobi
- Visa fees
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email/ Internet and telephone calls made during your placement
- Airtime (for internet or mobile phone) which can be bought from your project coordinators
- Any activities and excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
- Soft drinks, wines, spirits, between meal snacks
Both qualified and non-qualified volunteers can join this project.
Upon your arrival in Nairobi you will be met by an African Impact representative, who will escort you to your new 'home' in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Once you have settled in, you will be briefed on the itinerary of the orientation program. You will receive a detailed Welcome Pack, which will contain all the important information you may need.
You will be orientated to the area that you will be living in, as well as be shown the areas that you will be volunteering in. In the next few days, you will visit the project sites and be introduced to the relevant projects, key people and volunteer coordinators that you will be working closely with.
Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participant's health.