Community tourism has become a significant component of the tourist industry. Tourists increasingly seek out relatively undisturbed natural areas and constantly seek new experiences. They are drawn by the prospect of seeing unusually spectacular scenery and unique plants and animals in their native habitats, as well as cultural and historical features found in these areas.
If local communities directly benefit from the use of their land, water, forests and other natural resources, they can be expected to support and participate in efforts to conserve and sustain them. Thus Community tourism projects initiated by ACC aim at:
- increasing socioeconomic benefits to communities and landowners;
- sustainably manage the environment;
- raise awareness of and support for conservation, and
- increase a community’s capacity to conserve and manage natural resources outside protected areas.
In this regard, ACC has initiated conservancies across its landscapes and developed different ecotourism products run by or on behalf of the community. These include Sampu Lodge in Olkiramatian Group Ranch, Shompole Lodge and Loisiijo Bandas in Shompole Group Ranch, Nekishon Women Camp in Siana group Ranch, ATGSA Campsite in Mbirikani Group Ranch, and Oloika Guest house in Shompole, among others.
Losho and Siana Memiri Cultural villages
So much has been spoken and written about the Maasai people and yet little is known about the centuries old world famous culture that has remained intact to date despite the Western cultural domination in Africa.
In Maasai Mara, just within the vicinity of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve (one of the new seven wonders of the World), Losho and Siana Memiri cultural villages provide you with a life time opportunity! The Maasai people in these villages have opened doors to the world! This time, cultural tourism shifts from the casual stopover where tourists visit for a few snap shots to a real engagement with the Maasai people and their way of life.
With accommodation and meals provided at the cultural village, a visitor is provided with an opportunity of witnessing and practicing the inexhaustible variety of Maasai cultural practice.
The visitor is exposed to Maasai rituals of every stage of life. It’s an experience of a lifetime. Be sure to get a Maasai name before you leave!
Welcome for an unforgettable adventure!!
For further details and bookings, please contact Jacob Sairowua on 0723-476083
Enhancing security & client facilities in Suswa
Suswa Conservancy was established 3 years ago and is manned by 4 community game scouts, who underwent a 3 months training at KWS Manyani Field Training School. The area is facing wildlife poaching for bush meat, environmental destruction through charcoal burning, prevalence of human/wildlife conflicts challenges among others. The scouts carry out anti poaching patrols, monitoring and protection of endangered wildlife and mitigate human/wildlife conflicts in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, Forest Dept, Local administration, African Conservation Centre and any other conservation agency. Suswa is also visited by resident and international visitors who visit the caves and the calderas and do camping in the area.
Soralo has facilitated the installation of a Radio communication system and equipment at Mt. Suswa Conservancy on the 18th of June 2010 at Lkerengeti Base. The VHF Radio network will enhance tourist and wildlife security in the general Mt. Suswa conservancy. The radio network is also linked to kws stations in the area, Nairagie Nkare station which links to their other stations. This communication is intended to link Suswa conservancy with the already established conservancies like Shompole and Olkiramatian.
The new eco toilets built at the Suswa caldera view point site. Clients will now access sanitary facilities (bathrooms and toilets) that are in good condition. The Suswa caldera view point is scenic for both the outer and inner crater. The latter is a pristine forest composed of cedar trees and other indigenous species.
Mt. Suswa has well renowned lava tunnels (caves). It is considered to be the world’s most complex braided system of lava tubes. The Suswa Caves will be the main tourist attraction in the Mt. Suswa Conservancy. It has a pre-historic occupation and a historic habitation by Kenyan Mau Mau fighters during the colonial era. It has ecologically important new insect species, rare bat colonies and habitation by carnivores such as leopard. Their ecological impact on the caves has been the source of many studies and scientific papers.
Mt Suswa pristine cave tunnels
Located within Olkiramatian Group Ranch on the western wall of the Rift Valley known as Nguruman Escarpment, Sampu Camp is a perfect adventure destination. Owned and operated by local Maasai community, Sampu contributes to the wellbeing of community members and to the success of community-initiated conservation efforts in the area. The camp is run to International standards and offers different activities ranging from wildlife viewing, spectacular scenery at the peak of the escarpment to walking safaris. This is a must visit destination.
Within the famous Rift Valley, the Ewaso Ngiro River flows from the highlands of the Mau escarpment into the soda lake of Lake Natron.
Hidden away on the fig tree shaded river banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River, beyond Lake Magadi is Loisiijo Lodge. When staying at 'Loisiijo' you will be supporting the local Masai who are the owners of the lodge. Revenue from tourism & visits to the conservation area are contributing to the well-being of the local people. Read more...