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Kipini Conservancy Invites YOU!!

Do you long to be one with nature? Or do you just need a well deserved  break? Do you want to help in conservation first hand?

Are you a student on gap year? Do you want a unique yet fun and exciting time to volunteer?

Are you a wildlife researcher? Are you in need of a rare and unique ecosystem in which to do your research?

If the answer to all or any of the questions is yes, then Kipini Conservancy would like to invite you to pay us a visit.

While here you can get the chance to interact with the local communities and see how they live, and if you like, spend a day or two and live as they live… The true local experience….  Just look at the picture. Would you not like to experience a traditional african living experience?


If you are more inclined towards aquatic lifestyles and activities, you also have the opportunity to interact (swim, see…) dolphins.

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Or if you are feeling adventurous, you can go for dhow rides in the Indian Ocean with the locals.


The options and activities are boundless.

If this interests you, feel free to get in touch with us, and share in the beauty and wonder that is Kipini Conservancy!!

The History of Kipini Conservancy

The Kipini Wildlife and Botanical Conservancy (KWBC) was established in 2003 and registered in January 2004, following the signing of a management agreement between Nairobi Ranching Ltd and the Kipini Wildlife and Botanical Conservancy Trust (KWBCT). The objective of the KWBC is to work with partners to provide a new initiative in coastal land use, conservation and community development.The KWBC mainly comprises Nairobi Ranch, in Lamu District, but has also identified a wider zone of interest in surrounding areas still covered with natural vegetation to ensure harmonized conservation approaches across the entire region. Ultimately this will include the adjacent marine ecosystems, notably the adjacent area proposed (but not yet established) as the Ras Tenewi Marine National Reserve.Nairobi Ranch was purchased by the Sherman family (known as Swaleh Nguru family) in 1979 to develop cattle ranching interests. However severe problems with livestock disease (trypansomiasis) as well as lions and some banditry made the cattle operation difficult. Since the conservation establishment, the Sherman family donated its own land for the establishment for the conservancy. The EU has provided funding for infrastructure development, community development, and conservancy maintenance. The Finnish Government provided funding for the conservancy to carry out a detailed and in depth large mammal movement as per the attached documentation.Some of the land was sold back to the government for resettlement of people in the late 1980s. The family was then looking at alternative uses for the ranch and realized that one of the best options is to develop the natural potential of the land. Development of the ranch is necessary as Kenya can ill afford idle land but in this case it is imperative that this is undertaken with considerable care ensuring adequate conservation of the area. The model of much of the rest of the coastline is not proving to be optimal, which puts considerable pressure on new initiatives to rethink the approach on land use.The geographic and ecological position of KWBC Nairobi Ranch is special at both a local scale and in the larger context of coastal east Africa. At the local scale, areas of natural vegetation at the coast present an important opportunity for sensitive integration of conservation and development. Almost uniquely along the north Kenya coast, the former cattle ranch represents a corridor of un-spoilt and varied natural habitats linking the coastline to the hinterland. This creates an important natural refuge for animals and plants, strategically linking the coast with established tourism centers of Lamu and the underdeveloped hinterland between the Tana River and Somali border.At the larger scale KWBC Nairobi Ranch is situated at the northern end of the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests hotspot (Myers, Burgess & Lovett 1999). The hotspot comprises a patchwork of forests at varying altitudes, embedded in grasslands, savannah woodlands and bush lands. The whole zone extends through a block of eastern Tanzania but also includes the entire coastal margin of Kenya. The hotspot is defined by the ranges of 1400 species of endemic plants and at least 130 species of endemic animals, coupled with the fact that forest habitats supporting them are believed to have suffered a greater than 75% decline in area. This has been attributed to clearance for agricultural use, logging, charcoal burning and wildfires. Key sites within the hotspot have been identified on the basis of the number of globally threatened species present. The seven northernmost sites in the hotspot all fall within the KWBC zone of interest.

Welcome to Kipini Conservancy Blog page

Dear Reader,Thank you for visiting the Kipini Conservancy blog. Feel free to comment and contribute to articles that you find or issues you may have interest in.Hope to engage in upbuilding and mutually beneficial discussions as time goes on.Again, welcome to the Kipini Conservancy Blog Page.Kind Regards,Management.