Il Ngwesi Conservancy, Kenya June 14, 2018
In my last blog post I told you about my trip to Kenya and conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust. While I was there in May, I visited another NRT project – the award winning Il Ngwesi Conservancy Lodge, owned and run by the Maasai community.
Il Ngwesi was the first community upmarket eco lodge to be set up in 1996. Home to the Il Lakipiak Maasai – ‘people of wildlife’ – it covers about 16,500 hectares. Combining eco-tourism with sustainable environmental management and community development is a significant achievement. Since its launch over twenty years ago, wildlife numbers around Il Ngwesi Conservancy have increased tenfold! Tourism accounts for around 80% of revenue and I was lucky enough to stay there for three nights.