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Kesumeti Camp - income generating eco-tourism

The Maasai lifestyle itself is an indigenous form of wildlife conservation. Ironically, newly-designated wildlife sanctuaries in their area of the Rift Valley interfere with their traditional nomadic way of life. They can no longer move their herds through these lands. This, coupled with extreme drought, is requiring the Maasai to settle in communities. Traditional forms of community resource management need to be strengthened. Destruction of natural habitats must be deterred.

As in many African countries, westernization is causing huge changes. Food habits, economic pursuits, belief systems and other customary practices are eroding. These changes lead to negative perceptions and attitudes particularly among the youth.

Camp Kesumeti siteThis camp will not only provide employment to local youth but will also help conserve Maasai culture. Proceeds from tourism activities will go directly to the community. Currently a MANDO initiative in conjunction with the municipal council of Kajiado, Camp Kesumeti is expected to become self supporting.

The Kesumeti camp will be situated a few kilometers from Kiserian Township on the Nairobi-Magadi road, south of Nairobi. The area has beautiful views including the Ngong’ hills and diverse wildlife such as the wildebeests, Thomson’s gazelles, ostrich and zebras.

Plans call for five tented huts to form a Maasai homestead (manyatta) using local methods and materials such as dung, mud, tree branches and twigs, grass and stone.

Up to 15 paying visitors could be accommodated at a time. Food preparation will be allowed in the huts with with water, bedding, lamps and firewood provided. Dances and ceremonies will entertain and educate about the Maasai heritage along with guided visits to the nearby breath-taking savanna for bird and wildlife watching. Guests will be able to walk with the Maasai and observe herding skills and cattle bomas, thorny fences to protect against large predators. Plantings of medicinal trees and herbs will demonstrate Maasai approaches to health. Local beadwork and art work will be featured.

Initial investors are sought. More details about the camp and financial requirements can be obtained by request.

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