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The private conservancies on Maasai land around the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve are a relatively recent phenomenon and have become hugely successful in terms of wildlife conservation, community engagement and visitor experience. These are areas where, unlike the reserve itself, visitor numbers are strictly limited; there are no more than 12 tents per camp; and there's a minimum of 3km² of wildlife-viewing conservancy land per tent. Most of the time, you will have the bush and the animals to yourself and, unlike inside the reserve, you can do night game drives and bush walks.
These areas feel to us like the future of wildlife conservation, and the big mammals now flooding out of the reserve into the wider dispersal area – including elephants, large prides of lions and other big cats, giraffe and a host of plains grazers – seem instinctively to agree.