Taita Wildlife Conservancy is one of the 28 conservancies and wildlife conservancies that form the 1.4 million acre vital seasonal dispersal area and migration corridor for wildlife between Tsavo East and West in Kenya’s Tsavo Conservation area.
The conservancy covers an area of 96,000 acres and is located in Voi Sub County, Taita Taveta County; with its North-Eastern part just 3.3 km from the Mombasa highway some just 50 Km from Voi town and 100 km from Mombasa. It borders Kambaga and Amaka conservancies to the south; Rukinga conservancy to the west; Bachuma graziers and Tsavo East to the north; and Kwale county to the south-east.
The conservancy lies with an altitude range of between 520 and 349 meters above sea level and receives an average annual rainfall of between 400-600mm. The rains occur seasonally twice a year, from March to May (long rains) and October to December (short rains) which provides adequate forage vigour for both wildlife and livestock throughout the year.
The landscape is a living desert of Commiphora and Acacia except a small part of neighbouring the Rukinga hill which is dominated by woodland vegetation.
The most distinct feature of the conservancy is the closed open plains with very sparse trees and shrubs extending from the western parts to the middle of the conservancy characterised by seasonal floods which provide a very conducive habitat for a significant biodiversity of big game including the Cape buffalo, Common and Grevy’s zebra and Eland. The plains game in turn ensures the survival of the large carnivores including lions, cheetah and the leopard. The beautiful landscape of the area makes the place unique and attractive to visitors who come to see our unique animals and birds.
Until its incorporation as private company, the conservancy existed in form of a State owned hunting block for big game administered by the Game Department which in 1967 was officially allocated on a Leasehold tenure of 45 years; expired in 2012 and subsequently renewed for another tenure of 45 years until 2057.
Mission and Vision
Vision: “To become a model conservancy in Kenya”
Mission: “To embrace modern conservation practices and integrated management for enhanced profitability and sustainability”,
Taita wildlife conservancy a member of Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association (TTWCA) at the regional level, and at the national level with the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), a landowner led national membership organization that serves the interests and collective voice of community and private conservancies.