History / Background
The conservancy at Siana is a new development that is still very much in its infancy. The proposed conservation area is located on Siana Group Ranch an area that has many existing tourism developments. This conservancy is a fully formed wildlife conservancy but with little revenue as all the tourism from the lodges diverts straight into the Mara Reserve; there is little management and no agreement as to how the ranch leadership can share revenue fairly with all the members of Siana Group Ranch.
To rectify this, the major investors on Siana (investments totaling 300 million Kenyan Shillings (Approximately US$ 4,500,000). or more and with reasonably large turnovers) including Mara Bushtops, Siana Springs, Sekenani Camp amongst others, have agreed to work together to convince the Maasai land owners of the Nkoilali sublocation of Siana to form an 8,000 to 10,000 hectare wildlife conservancy on the particular area in which the investments actually exist, on the basis that the investors assist the landowners to get true individual titles in return for the area to be leased back at viable commercial rates for wildlife conservation. The plan is at concept and communication stage, although the community are overwhelmingly supportive of the plan and need only to sign the agreements.
The area would then later be adjoined with the existing conservancy, offering a unique privatised high quality wildlife viewing area with no minibuses. This land will finally be capitalized, paying the Maasai owners land rents that are far better than that possible from other land uses such as maize or wheat.
It is envisaged that the new wildlife conservancy will be up and running within two years.
Location and Size
The proposed Siana Conservancy is located on Siana Group Ranch, which borders the eastern boundary of the Maasai Mara Reserve. It will cover an area of between 8,000 and 10,000 acres.
There are airstrips at Siana Springs and also at Oseur. Alternatively you can drive via Narok. The roads are in poor condition however so a four wheel drive vehicle is recommended, particularly during the rains.
Park / Conservancy Fees
US$ 80 per person per day
Amicabre Camp Site, Flamingo Camp, Leleshwa Camp, Mara Bush Tops Camp, Gypsy Mara Safari Camp, Hippo Mara Safari Lodge, Mara Safari Camp Springs, Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge, Olperr Elongo Camp, Oropile Camp, Line Africa Safari Camp Site, Sekenani Camp, Siana Springs Intrepids, Spur Wing Camp Site.