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CHAKE CONSERVANCY
Click here to view spatial data maps for Kenya with key information in respect of Aichi Biodiversity Targets produced with the UN Biodiversity Lab Species List Chake’s Secretary, Collins (a nature and football enthusiast) describes the Masai Mara as “the World Cup” for African wildlife. The Great Migration (see moving map https://www.expertafrica.com/tanzania/info/serengeti-wildebeest-migration) is an obvious highlight! But the beautiful game goes on year round! All these species can be seen in the Mara, most in Chake! Bird list https://www.maratriangle.org/maratriangle/bird-list Mammal list https://www.maratriangle.org/about-us/distribution-of-fees-1-2 Reptile list https://www.maratriangle.org/maratriangle/reptile-and-amphibian-list For an overview of species observations within the reserve on iNaturalist see https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-maasai-mara-national-reserve-ke

The Savanna

The Maasai Mara game reserve is justly renowned for its sweeping savanna landscape and iconic megafauna; huge vistas and vast skies. Every day the wildlife pursues its diverse life and death dramas in myriad ways and we are fortunate observers of events that have sustained unbroken through millions of years yet remain fresh and vibrant, reborn with each rise of the mighty Sun. And the Sun is indeed mighty here on the equator, the font of life thrives as grasses and trees and from their energy spring vast herds of grazers and formidable browsers. It is impossible to visit this great land and remain unchanged yourself. It is now recognised that alongside considerable habitat value, grasslands are also very valuable in carbon sequestration as the growth and death of the roots store atmospheric carbon in the humic layer. While the big game hunters of the past tended to focus upon ‘The Big Five’ of elephant, rhinos, lion, hippo and buffalo in truth the whole ecosystem is richly diverse and there are fascinating inter-relationships between creatures large and small and there’s so much to interest visitors at every time of year. Within the park, visitation during daylight is permitted. Within the Conservancy’s other natural area, night hikes and camping is possible.
The cooperative hunting strategy of Cheetahs, Acononix jubatus, in groups known as coalitions is a successful adaptation that allows them to catch larger prey, such as zebras and wildebeest. Video courtesy and copyright of Gideon.
Chake Conservancy office is situated on a high, forested escarpment that presents ecological variations and gradients of altitude and moisture. Here there is moist equatorial forest, African jungle if you will, with its own very vibrant forms of life. Bedrock facies exposures, cliffs, waterfalls, ravines afford their own preferred habitat for birds, snakes, lizards and frogs while the trees host monkeys, butterflies, beetles and bushbabies.

The Escarpment

Expert local guides can introduce you to precious experiences of African nature for non-destructive enjoyment that you can treasure forever.
Chake in relation to other protected areas.
The Chake Conservancy area includes classic savanna, scrub, native mosaic woodland and elevated escarpment with a forested face, very lush in some places. The equatorial biodiversity is precious. Our conservancy area is in the eastern part of Masai Mara running from oloololo gate to the end of Masai Mara bordering Serengeti national park of Tanzania having its offices in Oldonyo Orok in Angata barrikoi in Transmara West. Our area of benefit is filled with fresh green in the map.
Chake Conservancy added to map provided courtesy of africaGeographic.
© Chake Conservancy and licensors 2020
The cooperative hunting strategy of Cheetahs, Acononix jubatus, in groups known as coalitions is a successful adaptation that allows them to catch larger prey, such as zebras and wildebeest. Video courtesy and copyright of Gideon.
Click here to view spatial data maps for Kenya with key information in respect of Aichi Biodiversity Targets produced with the UN Biodiversity Lab Species List Chake’s Secretary, Collins (a nature and football enthusiast) describes the Masai Mara as “the World Cup” for African wildlife. The Great Migration (see moving map https://www.expertafrica.com/tanzania/info/serengeti-wildebeest- migration) is an obvious highlight! But the beautiful game goes on year round! All these species can be seen in the Mara, most in Chake! Bird list https://www.maratriangle.org/maratriangle/bird-list Mammal list https://www.maratriangle.org/about-us/distribution-of-fees-1-2 Reptile list https://www.maratriangle.org/maratriangle/reptile-and-amphibian-list For an overview of species observations within the reserve on iNaturalist see https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-maasai-mara-national-reserve-ke

The Savanna

The Maasai Mara game reserve is justly renowned for its sweeping savanna landscape and iconic megafauna; huge vistas and vast skies. Every day the wildlife pursues its diverse life and death dramas in myriad ways and we are fortunate observers of events that have sustained unbroken through millions of years yet remain fresh and vibrant, reborn with each rise of the mighty Sun. And the Sun is indeed mighty here on the equator, the font of life thrives as grasses and trees and from their energy spring vast herds of grazers and formidable browsers. It is impossible to visit this great land and remain unchanged yourself. It is now recognised that alongside considerable habitat value, grasslands are also very valuable in carbon sequestration as the growth and death of the roots store atmospheric carbon in the humic layer. While the big game hunters of the past tended to focus upon ‘The Big Five’ of elephant, rhinos, lion, hippo and buffalo in truth the whole ecosystem is richly diverse and there are fascinating inter-relationships between creatures large and small and there’s so much to interest visitors at every time of year. Within the park, visitation during daylight is permitted. Within the Conservancy’s other natural area, night hikes and camping is possible.
Would you like to help? Chake has an ongoing GOFUNDME campaign that welcomes donations. Do you have skills that might assist us? Contact Chake
Image copyright and courtesy of Chake Images

The Escarpment

Chake Conservancy office is situated on a high, forested escarpment that presents ecological variations and gradients of altitude and moisture. Here there is moist equatorial forest, African jungle if you will, with its own very vibrant forms of life. Bedrock facies exposures, cliffs, waterfalls, ravines afford their own preferred habitat for birds, snakes, lizards and frogs while the trees host monkeys, butterflies, beetles and bushbabies.
Chake in relation to other protected areas.
Chake Conservancy added to map provided courtesy of africaGeographic.
The Chake Conservancy area includes classic savanna, scrub, native mosaic woodland and elevated escarpment with a forested face, very lush in some places. The equatorial biodiversity is precious. Our conservancy area is in the eastern part of Masai Mara running from oloololo gate to the end of Masai Mara bordering Serengeti national park of Tanzania having its offices in Oldonyo Orok in Angata barrikoi in Transmara West. Our area of benefit is filled with fresh green in the map.
Click here to view spatial data maps for Kenya with key information in respect of Aichi Biodiversity Targets produced with the UN Biodiversity Lab Species List Chake’s Secretary, Collins (a nature and football enthusiast) describes the Masai Mara as “the World Cup” for African wildlife. The Great Migration (see moving map https://www.expertafrica.com/tanzania/info/serengeti-wildebeest-migration) is an obvious highlight! But the beautiful game goes on year round! All these species can be seen in the Mara, most in Chake! Bird list https://www.maratriangle.org/maratriangle/bird-list Mammal list https://www.maratriangle.org/about-us/distribution-of-fees-1-2 Reptile list https://www.maratriangle.org/maratriangle/reptile-and-amphibian-list For an overview of species observations within the reserve on iNaturalist see https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-maasai-mara- national-reserve-ke

The Savanna

The Maasai Mara game reserve is justly renowned for its sweeping savanna landscape and iconic megafauna; huge vistas and vast skies. Every day the wildlife pursues its diverse life and death dramas in myriad ways and we are fortunate observers of events that have sustained unbroken through millions of years yet remain fresh and vibrant, reborn with each rise of the mighty Sun. And the Sun is indeed mighty here on the equator, the font of life thrives as grasses and trees and from their energy spring vast herds of grazers and formidable browsers. It is impossible to visit this great land and remain unchanged yourself. It is now recognised that alongside considerable habitat value, grasslands are also very valuable in carbon sequestration as the growth and death of the roots store atmospheric carbon in the humic layer. While the big game hunters of the past tended to focus upon ‘The Big Five’ of elephant, rhinos, lion, hippo and buffalo in truth the whole ecosystem is richly diverse and there are fascinating inter-relationships between creatures large and small and there’s so much to interest visitors at every time of year. Within the park, visitation during daylight is permitted. Within the Conservancy’s other natural area, night hikes and camping is possible.
© Chake Conservancy and licensors 2020
Would you like to help? Chake has an ongoing GOFUNDME campaign that welcomes donations. Do you have skills that might assist us? Contact Chake
On patrol in lush forest
Behind the Chake Office verdant equatorial forest overlooks the Maasai Mara grasslands from the slope of the mighty escarpment. This forest is an important Biodiversity Hotspot. It serves as home to a wide variety of wildlife, vascular plants, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, fungi, birds and mammals.
The cooperative hunting strategy of Cheetahs, Acononix jubatus, in groups known as coalitions is a successful adaptation that allows them to catch larger prey, such as zebras and wildebeest. Video courtesy and copyright of Gideon.

The Escarpment

Chake Conservancy office is situated on a high, forested escarpment that presents ecological variations and gradients of altitude and moisture. Here there is moist equatorial forest, African jungle if you will, with its own very vibrant forms of life. Bedrock facies exposures, cliffs, waterfalls, ravines afford their own preferred habitat for birds, snakes, lizards and frogs while the trees host monkeys, butterflies, beetles and bushbabies.
Watching for birds, monkeys and butterflies near the waterfall.
There are some waterfalls that run year-round providing very valuable moist habitat for the precious small wildlife including frogs and even visited by the larger creatures like elephants!
Faiz Sidi serves as Technical Advisor to Chake Conservancy. He advises upon a range of matters including anti-poaching measures such as the safe removal of snares set by poachers. He is pictured here contemplating the best way to descend the steep slope beside the waterfall.The falls themselves are picturesque, but there is also wildlife nearby. Here Mr. Faiz is photographing a Nile Monitor beside the falls.
The falls themselves are picturesque, but there is also wildlife nearby. Here Mr. Faiz is photographing a Nile Monitor beside the falls. This area is a herpetologist’s dream come true!
Expert local guides can introduce you to precious experiences of African nature for non- destructive enjoyment that you can treasure forever.
Expert local guides can introduce you to precious experiences of African nature for non- destructive enjoyment that you can treasure forever.
Chake in relation to other protected areas.
The Chake Conservancy area includes classic savanna, scrub, native mosaic woodland and elevated escarpment with a forested face, very lush in some places. The equatorial biodiversity is precious. Our conservancy area is in the eastern part of Masai Mara running from oloololo gate to the end of Masai Mara bordering Serengeti national park of Tanzania having its offices in Oldonyo Orok in Angata barrikoi in Transmara West. An area of benefit filled with fresh green in the map below, courtesy of AfricaGeographic Magazine
Chake Conservancy added to map provided courtesy of africaGeographic.