Taita Wildlife Conservancy is one of the most scenic protected areas in the Tsavo landscape with a total acreage of 96,000 acres, rich in wildlife.
Before the dawn of colonialism, Taita Wildlife Conservancy served as grazing and hunting grounds for the Taita Community. The nomadic Maasai community also made forays into the area due to its vastness and rich pasture which occasionally resulted in tribal conflict and livestock raids.
In 1948, the colonial administration hived off the greater part of the rangelands into Tsavo East and West Game reserves and converted the remainder into hunting blocks. This arrangement meant that the Taita community were now confined to living in the highlands and around the base of the hills that dot the Tsavo landscape. However, after Kenya attained her independence, local leaders begun agitating for land rights and the return of the rangelands to the community. This agitation bore fruit in the early 1970s when the Government acceded to the demands and went on to convert the hunting blocks into ranches.
Commercial ranching started in Taita Taveta County with the establishment of Taita Ranch as a research project in 1962 pioneered by Edward Musamuli.
In the 1990s, the land owners partnered with a tourism investor and started a tented camp. In 2002, the camp was leased to a different Safari Company till 2022 thereafter, the Taita community took over management of the conservancy.
Taita Wildlife Conservancy is a wildlife migratory corridor between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.
The ranch is ideally located along the Mombasa- Nairobi A109 highway stretching from Maungu to Makinnon with Rukanga at its epicentre.
Taita Wildlife Conservancy is accessible from both Mombasa and Nairobi through SGR via Miasenyi station. The main Gate is opposite Buchuma gate of Tsavo East National Park.
The distance from Nairobi to the conservancy is 382km and 102km from Mombasa via Mombasa Road.
What we do
- Specialize in Livestock Production to cater to both local and international needs. Moreover, we assist local livestock farmers in our community by allowing them to graze, and train them on wholistic grazing management.
- To counter Human Wildlife Conflict, we have created a harmonious coexistence between the community and the wildlife through incentivizing the community. This has created a positive impact towards wildlife conservation. Training of community wildlife rangers is also helping to manage and deescalate Human Wildlife Conflict.
- In education programs, Taita Wildlife Conservancy offers scholarships to needy students in secondary schools and in tertiary collages. Organize school feeding programs due to insufficient food production by local farmers due to the adverse effects of climate change.