Enchipai Mara Camp:
Enchipai in Maa Language translates to, “a place of happiness.” Enchipai is a small 5 tented luxury camp, tacked under indigenous trees north of Mara triangle boundary to the West.
The camp’s location was carefully identified and strategically engineered on the Esoit Oloololo escarpment with perfect view of the Mara. The tents well designed with both contemporary and local rustic touch to offer all our guests comfort, relaxation
and exciting game viewing in the vast savannah Mara right from your tent or Verandah. In addition, regularly wild animals roaming around the camp 24/7. Echipai Mara Camp truly offers more than the usual!
Enjoy every adventure with us!
Masai Mara Facts:
• Established in 1961, with an area covering 1510KM2
• Coordinates 1°29′24″S 35°8′38″E
• “Mara” means “spotted” in Maa language
• The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open Savanah grassland
• The reserve is located South-west of Nairobi
• It Extends to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the South
• The Loita Hills in the East
• The Esoit Oloololo escarpment in the West
• The Itong Hills in the North.
• Named the 7th Wonders of the World
• Over 1.5 Million annual treacherous wildebeest and other animal’s migration from
Tanzania in July and returning in November
• Masai Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world
• Masai Mara is home to over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 500 birds’ species
• The Masai Mara has one of the best concentrations of game in the world
• The Masai Mara has excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year
CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY
The Greater Maasai Mara and the neighbouring Community landscape plays a major part of Kenya’s tourism industry. Its biodiversity, particularly its wildlife, is threatened by habitat fragmentation and degradation, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching to some extent for the selling of trophy parts such as ivory and skin. The Maasai people are the main inhabitants of the area and their primary source of income is derived from livestock, and increasingly from agriculture. Both livelihoods, as currently practised, are unsustainable, in terms of both natural resource degradation and the extent to which they conflict with the natural movements of wildlife. In particular, wildlife is heavily persecuted due to the damage they inflict on livestock and crops hence the need to diversify livelihoods away from both pastoralism and agriculture towards sustainable management of natural resources and other conservation-related activities, so that both wildlife and the Maasai may continue to co-exist in greater harmony and the ecosystem can be restored to health, providing critical ecosystem services, robust against climate change.
At Echipai Mara Camp, we strongly focus on supporting Community based Conservation programs because we believe in sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the entire eco-system so that future generations will be able to benefit as well and again pass the knowledge and the resources for their future generations.
Enchipai Mara Camp started by working hand in hand with its community neighbours running community support & Conservation Programs that have started showing real results. Some of the projects Enchipai Mara Camp is supporting include:
THE MAASAI AND CULTURE
The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group that form part of the Multi-cultured Kenya. They were the dominant group in the early 20th Century and form a very highly valued community in Kenya for their originality. Over the years with ever changing world, they have retained their traditions, lifestyle and lore. They keep large herds of cattle, goats and sheep as their main activity and source of livelihood.