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Naboisho Asilia is one of our favourite family friendly lodges in Kenya's Masai Mara and its involvement with the local Maasai community also gets our thumbs up.
At 50,000 acres, the conservancy covers an area almost half the size of the Masai Game Reserve, and strives both to protect the wildlife and to support the local communities. Naboisho (meaning 'coming together' in the local Maasi language) is the first conservancy in Kenya to provide direct income to individual Maasai landowners, each getting a monthly income dependent on how much land they contributed.
The lodge is comprised of nine luxury tents (including two family tents), set amongst the trees and rocky outcrops, with stunning views out to the plains. Each is extremely spacious with large beds and en-suite bathrooms with running water and flushing loos - glamping at its best. The food is some of the best in the Mara as well. The camp is run by Helen and Roelof Schutte, who certainly know their stuff and the camp is thriving under their rule.
The Naboisho Conservancy boasts the highest population of giraffe in the area, as well as being home to lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, hippo and crocodile, to name but a few. As well as game drives, Naboisho Asilia offers walking safaris, night drives, cultural tourism, fly camping and riding. Families with children of five and above can enjoy all of the activities on offer and the guides here are great at tailoring the experience to suit little ones.
Explore this relatively undiscovered part of the Mara region with the camp's experienced guides (recruited by Gerard Beaton himself), safe in the knowledge that you are helping to aid both the community and the wildlife conservation project. Tourism is a major benefactor in keeping the Mara region alive and kicking - all the more reason to go!