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Dear ATCNews Readers,
Wake up to Grevy’s grazing in your garden, and fall asleep to the distant roar of lions, with the iconic silhouette of Mount Kenya ever-present on your horizon.
Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate homes have been built to offer you the ultimate balance between comfort and adventure: a home in the wilderness just 20 minutes from bustling Nanyuki. Take one turning and explore 90,000 acres of pristine nature, take the other and enjoy the restaurants, markets and culture of Laikipia’s second biggest town.
Now entering the last phase, 70% of the houses have already sold. This is an investment not just for your property portfolio, but for the endless memories you’ll make in one of Kenya’s most beautiful wildlife reserves. On top of that, your purchase actually supports conservation, going into a nest-egg that will ensure Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s long term goals, through thick and thin. It also diversifies and increases their land use systems, making the Conservancy both more productive and more sustainable. Ol Pejeta is a trailblazer in conservation: the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, home to enormous numbers of wildlife including the last two northern white rhinos on earth and the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Q&A with Richard Vigne, Managing Director
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
In what year did building start for Mount Kenya Wildlife Estates (MKWE)?
How did the concept for MKWE come about?
The maintenance of conservation space, at the scale required to secure ecological sustainability, requires enormous funding. Philanthropic sources of money will never be enough: instead, new paradigms for conservation need to be developed. These will aim to create productive land use systems that allow conservation space to be maintained at the same time as creating economic opportunity. Thus can conservation be transformed into an economic opportunity – which is the only real way to make it sustainable, and beneficial to all.
It is on this basis that Ol Pejeta has developed and MKWE is one example of how we create the resources necessary to support the long term maintenance of the Conservancy. The creation of MKWE also created predator-free space of 1,000 acres that we are now using for the long term recovery of endangered species, including the Grevy’s zebra.
In what way does it help conservation?
The proceeds of MKWE have been set aside as a reserve to support the Conservancy during difficult periods. In terms of being a sanctuary for endangered wildlife, we are also planning to introduce a founder population of Jackson’s hartebeest in due course, where they can grow numbers in safety while still living in the wild.
Do the houses affect wildlife in any way?
The wildlife on MKWE is prolific and it is estimated that the houses take up no more that 5% of the overall space available to wildlife. We do not allow fences within the residential area, we minimise the use of chemicals (herbicides and pesticides), we recycle grey water to feed our wetland areas and we use solar power where possible.
How much do they impact the landscape?
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Private Bag, Nanyuki 10400