The Koiyaki conservancy adjoins the northern boundary of the main Maasai Mara Game Reserve and is a vitally important region for wildlife in the greater ecosystem.
Koikaki conservancy offers a wildlife and wilderness experience without the crowds of busier parts of the Maasai Mara and the objective is to create and sustain a community managed wildlife conservancy which will provide a sustainable income for the surrounding communities, delivering tangible benefits from conservation and ecotourism to the people who live in the area.
The Koiyaki wilderness camp was created in order to provide a source of sustainable revenue for the nearby Koiyaki Guiding School, which was opened in 2005 for the purpose of training local Maasia guides (men and women) in wildlife management, safari guiding and conservation. The founders of the Guiding School – the local Maasai community and local conservationist and safari guide Ron Beaton – recognized that only a tiny proportion of income from ecotourism in the greater Maasai Mara region was flowing to the local people. Without any benefits, the local people were less inclined to protect their wildlife and in a short time, the Maasai Mara’s outlying regions would have been converted instead to farmland and instances of human/wildlife conflict and poaching were liable to increase significantly.