Best New Trips in the World: Track Lions in Kenya’s Campi ya Kanzi

Kenya-714 For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Kenya. The world's far corners are now well within reach.

KENYA: Save the King!

Lion kills cow, Maasai warrior kills lion. It’s a centuries-old conflict in the Kenyan bush. But in the past ten years lion populations across Africa have plummeted from 100,000 to 23,000, transforming the issue into a full-fledged crisis. Alarmed research crews have come to Kenya to study the cats and teach the Maasai ways to live with them harmoniously. But one conservation group is way ahead of the curve. Kuku Group Ranch, a 280,000-acre spread in the Chyulu Hills of southern Kenya, is entirely owned and operated by the Maasai themselves. And so far they’ve had dramatic success with their cat-protection efforts: In a recent 30-month period, the ranch’s lion population jumped from 15 to 52. Now, in conjunction with Geographic Expeditions, Kuku will bring in its first guest-researchers.

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    November 7, 2009, 12:56 am

    I read your post and I liked it. It is a good step teaching the Maasai to live harmonously with the lions. With such an alarming rate of decrease in the number of lions, it will not be long when there will no lions in African jungles.

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    November 8, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Interesting article. I loved reading what the Maasai organization is doing to protect the lions. I believe conservation programs work best with the support of the local people.

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