Here is another very informative and well written article to check out, written by Graham Boynton. While detailing the detrimental impacts of high mass, low price tourism industry and exponential population growth throughout Africa, it also highlights the benefits of conservation focused, community-led eco-tourism similar to that of Campi ya Kanzi and MWCT.
Eco-lodge Campi ya Kanzi, the essential founding organization of MWCT, has a similar mission to that of the conservation focused initiatives in this article: to protect the wilderness, biodiversity and Maasai culture in Kenya by directly demonstrating the value of wildlife and the eco-system to the Maasai landowners, through employment and engagement with the lodge, or with MWCT.
We found the strategy and combined missions of MWCT and CyK parallels that which is cited in the article:
“ high-tariff, low-volume tourism. Instead of paying fees based on the number of tourists who come in, camp owners guarantee payment every month to the local people, regardless of occupancy. In exchange, the tribal landowners agree to create and maintain a viable and sustainable conservancy that ensures that wildlife prospers. Great Plains claims to make these communities direct financial beneficiaries (and even shareholders), earning income streams from tourism, encouraging the tribes people to become custodians of the African wilderness.”
The lodge and MWCT operate completely with, and for the local community, who are employees, land lords, managers and board members of MWCT.
We thought that some of the statistics mentioned in the article were interesting, and decided to conduct some calculations of our own. Considering the low occupancy rate of CyK, we found out that there is only one tent per 35,000 acres of land within Kuku Group Ranch!
Find the link to the article here:
Safari: Are too many tourists killing Africa’s wildlife?