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Assist in the conservation efforts of the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve by monitoring wildlife and conducting important research. The loss of wildlife in the area has been devastating in recent years due to increased human settlement in and around the Masai Mara. As a wildlife volunteer, you will go out on research drives to do game counts, document big cat sightings, locate big cats for the reserve’s tourists (thereby increasing the attraction of the reserve as a tourist destination, which helps keep the conservancy running in the long term), and you will assist with teaching and other development work in the local community. If you’re lucky, you may get to witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Migration, while you’re there. Volunteering on this project is simply one of the most rewarding ways to go on safari! The Mara Naboisho Conservancy has won the Overall Gold Award at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 - don't miss out on visiting this exceptionally special part of Africa!

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As a volunteer, you will get to:

  • Go out on research game drives twice a week to collect data for conservancy management.
  • Document big cat (lion, leopard, cheetah) sightings to help to protect these endangered predators.
  • Help camps locate big cats for tourist sightings.
  • Assist in teaching English literacy and conservation education classes in the local community, helping to ensure that future generations of people in the local community understand the importance of wildlife conservation.
  • Live in the middle of the bush while you enjoy one of the most authentically “wild” experiences the world has to offer.
 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation Game Reserve Management & Training Lion Conservation
Destination Destination
Kenya
Priced From Priced From
£ 1199| € 1517| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

“The project is located in an amazingly wildlife diverse area and also offers a rare opportunity to gain some insights about the Maasai way of life. It is simply a humbling, life changing experience.” Lincoln Njiru, Project Manager, Mara Project, Kenya.

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1199| € 1517| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2142 GBP 1199 EUR 1557 AUD 2567
3 weeks USD 2718 GBP 1522 EUR 1976 AUD 3258
4 weeks USD 3295 GBP 1845 EUR 2395 AUD 3949
5 weeks USD 4168 GBP 2334 EUR 3030 AUD 4995
6 weeks USD 4712 GBP 2638 EUR 3425 AUD 5647

Project Start Dates

Project start dates 2016 - This project starts every two weeks on a Monday (with arrival on a Sunday): 4 January | 18 January | 1 February | 15 February |29 February | 14 March | 28 March | 11 April | 25 April | 9 May | 23 May | 6 June | 20 June | 4 July | 18 July | 1 August | 15 August | 29 August | 12 September | 26 September | 10 October | 24 October | 7 November | 21 November | 5 December

Project start dates for 2017 - This project starts every second Monday, with arrival on the Sunday:  2nd, 16th & 30th January | 13th & 27th February | 13th & 27th March | 10th & 24th April | 8th & 22nd May | 5th & 19th June | 3rd, 17th & 31st July | 14th & 28th August | 11th & 25th September | 9th & 23rd October | 6th & 20th November | 4th December

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Research

Research

As a wildlife volunteer, an integral part of your contribution will be to monitor animal groups and conduct research. You will do this by going out on drives to monitor wildlife and doing bi-weekly game counts. You will document big cat sightings and build the leopard database for the conservancy, which serves as the center-point for all information on leopards in the area.

 
 
 
Handson conservation efforts

Hands-on Conservation efforts

As part of your volunteer work, you will need to implement specific conservation efforts within the conservancy, such as clearing out alien species, marking out and creating new roads and doing soil erosion control.

 
Education  teaching

Education & Teaching

The Koiyaki Guiding School is geared toward molding local young Masais to be future tour guides. Your voluntary teaching involvement will be appreciated in teaching the local school children about wildlife and how to speak English, plus it will give you plenty of great memories of just chatting to them about all kinds of topics.

 
 
 
Using your unique skills

Using Your Unique Skills

Your unique skills and talents are also needed in this project in the form of making videos, making ID profile cards, painting murals, and more.

 
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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Missing

Volunteer Group Activities

Movie nights, camp-fire nights, bush dinners and board games are all activities you will enjoy with your volunteer group and new friends.

 
 
 
Go on safari

Go On Safari

You can take an excursion to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, and, for an outstanding safari experience, enjoy it from the sky in a hot air balloon! There are also some luxury safari camps where you can stay a night or two – camping like you’ve never experienced before.

 
Missing

Go to the Beach

Kenya has a wealth of coastal tourist attractions, with its extensive coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and other water sports are all on offer. The Malindi Marine National Park is protected and has superior beaches, clear water and very colorful fish. 

 
 
 
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About Naboisho & the Masai Mara

About naboisho  the masai mara

About the Destination

Your home during your stay in Kenya is a unique location in the middle of natural African bush. You will be stationed at the volunteer base in the wild Kenyan Mara Naboisho Conservancy, which borders the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. It is a wild and untouched open space, and at night you will hear roars from lions and hyenas laughing. The Masai Mara area has one of the highest lion densities in the country, and the wealth of wildlife ensures a unique encounter in their natural habitat as you gain understanding about the animals. The Mara is home to “The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth” in the form of the Great Migration that takes place every year. Some lodges and camps offer massage and wellness treatments, so you can combine game viewing with first-class luxury.

Your accommodation will be the rustic yet comfortable dormitories at Koiyaki Guiding School, where you will also enjoy prepared meals from the resident cook in the outdoor eating and kitchen area. Mosquito nets and towels will be provided. Daily housekeeping and weekly laundry services are included, and hot water is available from late afternoon to early evening for showers.

Volunteering in Africa does not get any more authentic than this. As a wildlife volunteer in Kenya, you will gain a better sense of why volunteering is important, and experience first hand the positive impact you can have in the world. Make a difference – volunteer in Africa.

 
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Feedback from our volunteers

Charlotte Blackwood, UK

"One word - amazing . I stayed here for 2 weeks in July 2013 and have my return trip booked for July 2014. The whole experience was fantastic, the wildlife and landscape is breath-taking. The people so humble. Our accommodation was good and food beautiful. Each and every day is so different you just don't know what you are going to see. My best part has to be the lion monitoring - just sat photographing the magnificent creatures watching them play or sleep. I made some amazing friends and look forward to my return trip to make some more memories."

 
 
 

Barbara Fitzgibbon, Ireland

"I have had the privilege of being involved on two separate occasions with this Project, and it was wonderful to witness its growth and development over the intervening months. What makes this project special is the blend of differing but complimentary activities, and the humbling experience of absorbing the rich Masai culture and its struggle for survival. Being based at Koiyaki Guiding School and interacting with the inspiring students there was a highlight for me, as well as the regular monitoring of diverse and abundant game. Working with the primary school children on the Environmental Club was a moving and heart-warming activity. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I would highly recommend it: age is not a barrier!"

 
 
 

Hyun Kwon (Rochelle), South Korea

"This project is SUPERB and AMAZING. Every moment that we spent is unforgettable and priceless. The life pattern and life style here as well as environment are totally different from where I have lived. I took all these things with positive curiosity and interests, as these are not easily experienced. The best thing about this project is combination. This project involves conservation work and community work. Also the staff members are really well organised and prepared for every situation and they have a lot of helpful information. I really had a gorgeous time with everyone and unforgettable moments. I don’t know how to thank to everyone what I feel. Thank you so much!!"

 
 
 

Sonia Rehm, France

"This program is a real conservation and community program. Both targets equally reached. You are fully immersed in the Mara and its bush life. You get back to your roots, living in complete harmony with nature. An experience I will keep in my heart forever, and I hope to be able to come back very soon!"

 
 
 

Kate McKay, UK

"I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks at Naboisho and had some wonderful experiences. Working with the Community Outreach Staff at the Women's Groups was very rewarding, comparing my way of life to theirs, making me far more appreciative for what I have, and more determined to simplify my lifestyle. The Masai people are very honest and open, and very curious about other cultures. The animal surveys and lion monitoring safaris were through some of the most rugged landscapes you can imagine, and allowed me to witness some of the most spectacular dawns and dusks on a regular basis."

 
 
 

Melissa Hanlan, USA

"I had such an amazing experience on this project. Of course, the wildlife was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed the monitoring and game drives. What made the biggest impression on me, though, are the incredible people I met while there—both on staff and in the community. I gained so much more than I gave, and I tried to give a lot! I’ve only been back a week but I do feel that I am forever changed for the better by my experiences in Africa. I’ve travelled a lot but something about this trip was different. The beauty of the place and the people as well as the difficulty experienced by those living there has made me both very grateful for what I have but in a strange way longing for more simplicity. There really is something about Africa that feels like home to me and there are no words to explain it. I know that I gained so much more than I could have ever given on this project."

 
 
 
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Big Cat Wildlife Research & Conservation, Masai Mara

Kenya

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Assist in the conservation efforts of the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve by monitoring wildlife and conducting important research. The loss of wildlife in the area has been devastating in recent years due to increased human settlement in and around the Masai Mara. As a wildlife volunteer, you will go out on research drives to do game counts, document big cat sightings, locate big cats for the reserve’s tourists (thereby increasing the attraction of the reserve as a tourist destination, which helps keep the conservancy running in the long term), and you will assist with teaching and other development work in the local community. If you’re lucky, you may get to witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Migration, while you’re there. Volunteering on this project is simply one of the most rewarding ways to go on safari! The Mara Naboisho Conservancy has won the Overall Gold Award at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 - don't miss out on visiting this exceptionally special part of Africa!

010

As a volunteer, you will get to:

  • Go out on research game drives twice a week to collect data for conservancy management.
  • Document big cat (lion, leopard, cheetah) sightings to help to protect these endangered predators.
  • Help camps locate big cats for tourist sightings.
  • Assist in teaching English literacy and conservation education classes in the local community, helping to ensure that future generations of people in the local community understand the importance of wildlife conservation.
  • Live in the middle of the bush while you enjoy one of the most authentically “wild” experiences the world has to offer.
 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation Game Reserve Management & Training Lion Conservation
Destination Destination
Kenya
Priced From Priced From
£ 1199| € 1517| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

“The project is located in an amazingly wildlife diverse area and also offers a rare opportunity to gain some insights about the Maasai way of life. It is simply a humbling, life changing experience.” Lincoln Njiru, Project Manager, Mara Project, Kenya.

Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1199| € 1517| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2142 GBP 1199 EUR 1557 AUD 2567
3 weeks USD 2718 GBP 1522 EUR 1976 AUD 3258
4 weeks USD 3295 GBP 1845 EUR 2395 AUD 3949
5 weeks USD 4168 GBP 2334 EUR 3030 AUD 4995
6 weeks USD 4712 GBP 2638 EUR 3425 AUD 5647

Project Start Dates

Project start dates 2016 - This project starts every two weeks on a Monday (with arrival on a Sunday): 4 January | 18 January | 1 February | 15 February |29 February | 14 March | 28 March | 11 April | 25 April | 9 May | 23 May | 6 June | 20 June | 4 July | 18 July | 1 August | 15 August | 29 August | 12 September | 26 September | 10 October | 24 October | 7 November | 21 November | 5 December

Project start dates for 2017 - This project starts every second Monday, with arrival on the Sunday:  2nd, 16th & 30th January | 13th & 27th February | 13th & 27th March | 10th & 24th April | 8th & 22nd May | 5th & 19th June | 3rd, 17th & 31st July | 14th & 28th August | 11th & 25th September | 9th & 23rd October | 6th & 20th November | 4th December

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Research

Research

As a wildlife volunteer, an integral part of your contribution will be to monitor animal groups and conduct research. You will do this by going out on drives to monitor wildlife and doing bi-weekly game counts. You will document big cat sightings and build the leopard database for the conservancy, which serves as the center-point for all information on leopards in the area.

 
 
 
Handson conservation efforts

Hands-on Conservation efforts

As part of your volunteer work, you will need to implement specific conservation efforts within the conservancy, such as clearing out alien species, marking out and creating new roads and doing soil erosion control.

 
Education  teaching

Education & Teaching

The Koiyaki Guiding School is geared toward molding local young Masais to be future tour guides. Your voluntary teaching involvement will be appreciated in teaching the local school children about wildlife and how to speak English, plus it will give you plenty of great memories of just chatting to them about all kinds of topics.

 
 
 
Using your unique skills

Using Your Unique Skills

Your unique skills and talents are also needed in this project in the form of making videos, making ID profile cards, painting murals, and more.

 
Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Missing

Volunteer Group Activities

Movie nights, camp-fire nights, bush dinners and board games are all activities you will enjoy with your volunteer group and new friends.

 
 
 
Go on safari

Go On Safari

You can take an excursion to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, and, for an outstanding safari experience, enjoy it from the sky in a hot air balloon! There are also some luxury safari camps where you can stay a night or two – camping like you’ve never experienced before.

 
Missing

Go to the Beach

Kenya has a wealth of coastal tourist attractions, with its extensive coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and other water sports are all on offer. The Malindi Marine National Park is protected and has superior beaches, clear water and very colorful fish. 

 
 
 
Back to Top

About Naboisho & the Masai Mara

About naboisho  the masai mara

About the Destination

Your home during your stay in Kenya is a unique location in the middle of natural African bush. You will be stationed at the volunteer base in the wild Kenyan Mara Naboisho Conservancy, which borders the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. It is a wild and untouched open space, and at night you will hear roars from lions and hyenas laughing. The Masai Mara area has one of the highest lion densities in the country, and the wealth of wildlife ensures a unique encounter in their natural habitat as you gain understanding about the animals. The Mara is home to “The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth” in the form of the Great Migration that takes place every year. Some lodges and camps offer massage and wellness treatments, so you can combine game viewing with first-class luxury.

Your accommodation will be the rustic yet comfortable dormitories at Koiyaki Guiding School, where you will also enjoy prepared meals from the resident cook in the outdoor eating and kitchen area. Mosquito nets and towels will be provided. Daily housekeeping and weekly laundry services are included, and hot water is available from late afternoon to early evening for showers.

Volunteering in Africa does not get any more authentic than this. As a wildlife volunteer in Kenya, you will gain a better sense of why volunteering is important, and experience first hand the positive impact you can have in the world. Make a difference – volunteer in Africa.

 
Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Charlotte Blackwood, UK

"One word - amazing . I stayed here for 2 weeks in July 2013 and have my return trip booked for July 2014. The whole experience was fantastic, the wildlife and landscape is breath-taking. The people so humble. Our accommodation was good and food beautiful. Each and every day is so different you just don't know what you are going to see. My best part has to be the lion monitoring - just sat photographing the magnificent creatures watching them play or sleep. I made some amazing friends and look forward to my return trip to make some more memories."

 
 
 

Barbara Fitzgibbon, Ireland

"I have had the privilege of being involved on two separate occasions with this Project, and it was wonderful to witness its growth and development over the intervening months. What makes this project special is the blend of differing but complimentary activities, and the humbling experience of absorbing the rich Masai culture and its struggle for survival. Being based at Koiyaki Guiding School and interacting with the inspiring students there was a highlight for me, as well as the regular monitoring of diverse and abundant game. Working with the primary school children on the Environmental Club was a moving and heart-warming activity. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I would highly recommend it: age is not a barrier!"

 
 
 

Hyun Kwon (Rochelle), South Korea

"This project is SUPERB and AMAZING. Every moment that we spent is unforgettable and priceless. The life pattern and life style here as well as environment are totally different from where I have lived. I took all these things with positive curiosity and interests, as these are not easily experienced. The best thing about this project is combination. This project involves conservation work and community work. Also the staff members are really well organised and prepared for every situation and they have a lot of helpful information. I really had a gorgeous time with everyone and unforgettable moments. I don’t know how to thank to everyone what I feel. Thank you so much!!"

 
 
 

Sonia Rehm, France

"This program is a real conservation and community program. Both targets equally reached. You are fully immersed in the Mara and its bush life. You get back to your roots, living in complete harmony with nature. An experience I will keep in my heart forever, and I hope to be able to come back very soon!"

 
 
 

Kate McKay, UK

"I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks at Naboisho and had some wonderful experiences. Working with the Community Outreach Staff at the Women's Groups was very rewarding, comparing my way of life to theirs, making me far more appreciative for what I have, and more determined to simplify my lifestyle. The Masai people are very honest and open, and very curious about other cultures. The animal surveys and lion monitoring safaris were through some of the most rugged landscapes you can imagine, and allowed me to witness some of the most spectacular dawns and dusks on a regular basis."

 
 
 

Melissa Hanlan, USA

"I had such an amazing experience on this project. Of course, the wildlife was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed the monitoring and game drives. What made the biggest impression on me, though, are the incredible people I met while there—both on staff and in the community. I gained so much more than I gave, and I tried to give a lot! I’ve only been back a week but I do feel that I am forever changed for the better by my experiences in Africa. I’ve travelled a lot but something about this trip was different. The beauty of the place and the people as well as the difficulty experienced by those living there has made me both very grateful for what I have but in a strange way longing for more simplicity. There really is something about Africa that feels like home to me and there are no words to explain it. I know that I gained so much more than I could have ever given on this project."

 
 
 
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Brochures

Project Brochure

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Diani Beach

OPTIONAL TOUR: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

OPTIONAL TOUR: Kenya Safari at Ol Pejeta

OPTIONAL TOUR: Kenya Beach at Watamu

OPTIONAL TOUR: Kenya Safari at Mara Naboisho

June Statistics Report

July Statistics Report

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