Ecotourism at ADC Galana
Kenya is a tourist paradise with plenty to offer to those wanting a variety of tour package. At Galana ranch find a variety of ventures raging from bird shooting, bed night and camping. The ADC Galana ranch has ventured to conservancy and this has promoted ecotourism in the Tana River region. Luxurious camps include KULALU CAMP, KUWINDA CAMP, BUFFALO CAMP, KUDU CAMP GALANA RIVER LODGE, and SHOROA CAMP AND KIBOKO CAMP. Vast variety of African artifacts is also available at ENGWATA CURRIO SHOP
Ecotourism at ADC Mutara
The Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will bring wildlife conservation and, ultimately, tourism and economic benefits to the government-owned Mutara Ranch in Kenya's Laikipia District. This unique public/private partnership will benefit wildlife and the local community by preserving the area for wildlife migration while establishing the infrastructure needed to support successful ecotourism and cattle ranching ventures.
Under the agreement, AWF will provide the initial funding for infrastructure improvements. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a privately-owned wildlife area that borders Mutara ranch, is home to Kenya's largest black rhino population and promotes conservation and ecotourism. As part of this partnership, Ol Pejeta Conservancy will provide the equipment and personnel as well as advice on establishment of an ecotourism venture. ADC will set aside a 12,000-acre area within Mutara for wildlife conservation and ecotourism and manage the entire ranch area in a manner that protects wildlife habitat and prevents poaching. Speaking of the project, ADC Managing Director, Mr. William Kirwa, says "it is in the Corporation's five-year strategic plan to enter into ecotourism endeavors that is sustainable to both livestock and wildlife. As a government agency, ADC will play a key role in vision 2030 by promoting ecotourism in its ranches. This will be done in collaboration with partners and will aim at benefiting surrounding communities. The agreement between OPC, AWF and ADC is one of the Public Private Partnerships that the Corporation is going into to optimize usage of its ranches and will seek to incorporate community interests." "This type of partnership between a government agency, a private company and a conservation organization is one of the innovative ways AWF is working to secure the future of wildlife conservation in Africa," said Dr. Helen Gichohi, President of AWF.
"The key is bringing stakeholders together to protect wildlife and generate economic benefits and opportunities for local people." Mutara ranch comprises an area of 253 square kilometers in the midst of critical wildlife migration corridors. It has a wide diversity of game, including the big five, rare species such as Grevy's zebra, cheetah and Patas monkey. It was first established as a privately-owned ranch in 1921 and is now a government-owned cattle ranch.
According to Richard Vigne, Chief Executive Officer, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, "The entry of Mutara ranch into the Laikipia conservation arena will act to secure critical wildlife habitat whilst developing opportunities for ecotourism ventures. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, one of Kenya's premier wildlife sanctuaries, is proud to be associated with a project that assists government to realize the potential of wildlife as a tool for wealth creation in the semi-arid regions of Kenya