Amboseli Group Ranches

Extending direct conservation gains to the local communities

The Amboseli ecosystem comprises six group ranches, namely: Olgulului/Olararashi, Kimana, Mbirikani, Eselengei, Rombo and Kuku group ranches.

The six cover about 1.2 million acres of crucial wildlife corridors between Amboseli and Chyulu Hills and Tsavo-West National Parks.


Olgulului-Ololarashi Group Ranch (OOGR)

OOGR comprises three major habitats: grassland, wooded grassland and bushed grassland. It provides several critical migratory corridors for Amboseli National Park, such as:

  • Kitenden areas provide a migratory link to Kilimanjaro.
  • Olenarika connects the park with Tsavo and Chyulu Hills.
  • Ilangarunyoni connects the park with Eselengei Group Ranch.

Both Eselengei and Mbirikani group ranches also rely on OOGR as it offers a migratory corridor to and from Amboseli National Park.

Features and attractions include:

  • Wildlife as well as numerous viewpoints, gorges and valleys in Kitenden, Kitirua and Ilaingarunyoni.
  • Four springs, nine seasonal rivers, several shallow wells and the seasonal Lake Amboseli, which are important resources for wildlife.
  • Information resource centres, such as the Noonkotiak Resource Centre. Other centres include: the Nairrbala (Lion Guardians), Risa (Born Free Foundation), Amboseli Trust for Elephants and Amboseli Conservation Programme.
  • Salt licks in areas like Sinya mines, Lake Amboseli and Engong Naroketc.
  • A variety of archaeological sites and mining areas at the abandoned Sinya Mines.
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The ALOCA Conservancies (Kimana Group Ranch)

ALOCA (Amboseli Land Owners Conservation Association), formerly Kimana Group Ranch, is characterized by a diversity of landscapes and habitats and is a key migratory corridor and dispersal area used by wildlife species from Amboseli National Park to Chyulu and Tsavo.

The area is easily accessible thanks to a well-developed road infrastructure and an airstrip in Kilitome.

Features and attractions include:

  • Two prominent hills:
    • Endonyo Entawua, on the southwest boundary with Kimana Group Ranch.
    • Enoolarami, towards the eastern boundary of the Elerai, which provide excellent panoramic views of the landscape.
  • Rocky hills to the south of Kitome.
  • Several natural springs, such as Namelok, Kimana, Isinet, Impiron and Lemongo.
  • Unique habitats, including riverine and woodlands in Kimana River, and grasslands and bushlands in the different conservancies.
  • Salt licks at Olkelunyet and Kinluna.
Henry Kosgei, a Kenya Wildlife Service Ranger, Meru National Park, Kenya monitoring the Black Rhino,s (Diceros bicornis) at Meru National Park. Meru National Park is home of there endangered Black Rhinos

The Mbirikani Group Ranch (MGR)

MGR is characterized by a diversity of landscapes and habitats and has several wildlife corridors, including:

  • Inkoisuk-Emukutan-Lenkiloriti Chyulu.
  • Loosikitok-Olangarrama-Noosilale Chyulu.
  • Empakaai-Olgosua-Ilchalai-Chyulu.
  • Imbirikani-Ilchalai-Kuku.
  • Imbirikani Oltiasika-Kuku.
  • Kimana sanctuary-Marura Ilchalai and Motikanju-Imbirikani.

The area also has two airstrips at Imbirikani and Ol-DonyoWuas.

Features and attractions include:

  • Several viewpoints in areas such as Loosikitok, El-Mau, Olosira, Ol-Donyo Wuas, and Chyulu.
  • Cultural sites at Osiram Women’s Cultural Manyatta and Moran Cultural manyatta.
  • Campsites at the likes of Crater Campsite and Pelican Campsite.
  • An established Ol-Donyo Wuas Lodge.
  • Caves, such as Lava Caves in Chyulu and Loosikitok Hill Caves.
  • Natural springs in Engumi, Isinet and Kimana through to Inchalai.
  • Swamps like Namelok Isinet and Empakaai and several water pans and boreholes.
  • Salt licks at Intinyika and Enkeju O Losho and archaeological sites at Noonkiyia rocky hill.

Eselenkei Group Ranch

The habitat cover is a mixed open shrubland with varying degrees of open-closed wooded grasslands. Dense forests occur along rivers Eselenkei and OlKejuado.

The area is an important dispersal, feeding and breeding area and depends on dispersal through OOGR to Amboseli Park and back and also to Imbirikani Group Ranch and Chyulu and Tsavo parks.

It also enjoys proximity to all-weather roads.

Features and attractions include:

  • Diverse wildlife species.
  • Two semi-permanent rivers, OlKejuado and Eselenkei, which support people, livestock and wildlife.
  • Dams at Mutenger, Nosirami, Logogolala and Kabukoki, and several boreholes.
  • An established Porini Safari Camp in Selenkei Conservancy.
EarthWatch Maasai Mara 2018 Copyright Anthony Ochieng (116)

Rombo Group Ranch

The Rombo area has a diverse habitat that includes shrubland and woodland as well as natural forest cover.

It provides a critical corridor linking Tsavo West National Park to Kuku conservation area through Emampuli Conservancy and Rombo to Taita Taveta and Tanzania.

Features and attractions include:

  • A host of wildlife, including elephants, lions, wildebeests, hyenas and wild dogs.
  • The main river, Rombo River, flowing to Tsavo National Park.
  • Ebolei Swamp near Ebolei Canal and Olchoro and Enyarry Springs plus several water pans and boreholes.
  • Salt licks at Eboliei Swamp and Ilooitong near Olowaru Camp.

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