Location: Ngare Mara and Gotu locations, Isiolo East Division, Isiolo Disctrict
Postal address: c/o Northern Rangelands Trust, Private Bag, Isiolo
Manager: Hassan Godana
Contact: E: nakuprat-gotu@nrt-kenya.org T: 0725 331983
Ethnicity: Borana, Turkana
Population: 15,000
Land Ownership: Community land
Core Conservation Area: 39, 300 hectares
Main Livelihood: Pastoralism
Key Wildlife Species: Elephant, lion, Beisa oryx
Year of Registration: 2010
Staff Employed from the Community: 17
Annual Operating Budget: US$ 57,800

Background

Nakuprat-Gotu borders Shaba National Reserve, a popular tourist destination rich in wildlife. The abundant grazing in the protected reserve frequently tempted pastoralists from the Borana and Turkana communities surrounding Shaba, and alongside this encroachment came many incidents of poaching and several high profile attacks on tourists.

As Shaba’s reputation became increasingly tarnished, Isiolo county council was under pressure to intervene, and theKenya Wildlife Service were searching for a solution to the depleting wildlife numbers. At the same time, the Turkana community approached NRT with an application for a conservancy they named “Ngare West” but it was not deemed inclusive enough of the neighboring Borana community and was denied. With backing from KWS and Isiolo County Council, Nakuprat-Gotu Community Conservancy was eventually set up to include both the Borana and the Turkana, who are equally represented in employment and the governance of the conservancy.

Read Nakuprat-Gotu's Conservancy Management Plan - Nakuprat was the first NRT member conservancy to develop a plan like this, other will follow suit in 2016. 

The People

Both the Borana and the Turkana are semi nomadic, pastoralist tribes, so it is no surprise that competition for grazing and water has been a point of tension for the two for decades. However, as both tribes continue to embrace NRT’s emphasis on integrating ethnicities, and manage natural resources more carefully, incidents of cattle rusting (one of the biggest problems affecting the region) have been significantly reduced.

There are 15 community rangers in Nakuprat-Gotu, employed from both the Borana and Turkana communities. Representation of both is vital if they are to manage conflict and raise conservation awareness in the area. They were trained with funding from NRT and generous support from the Kenya Wildlife service, at the Manyani Training School in the famous Tsavo National Park. Passing with flying colours, the team emerged with knowledge in discipline, field craft, wildlife law and wildlife monitoring.

Ecosystem

Nakuprat-Gotu acts as a buffer for Sera community conservancy, and Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves, as it is the last protected area before Meru North district. Parts of it border the Ewaso Nyiro River, Kenya’s third largest water course, which provides a vital and constant water supply for communities and wildlife.

Its eastern flank supports vast plains, home to one of the largest herds of Beisa oryx remaining in the region. In the last count in 2012, 100 oryx were counted. The continuing support of the community and the focus on security by the scouts are vital if this species is to be protected. 

Visiting

Nakuprat-Gotu benefits from the many wildlife species that use it as a corridor between reserves and conservancies. This, coupled with the fact that it stretches over stunning landscape, gives it huge potential to develop successful tourism ventures in the future. There is an established campsite at Boji Dera by the Ewaso River, which provides a beautiful setting for self sufficient campers. If you want to read a review of the campsite from Kenya's top camping blogger, click hereIf you are interested in booking, call the AdventureWORKS hotline on +254 (0) 701 295 357 or email tourism@nrt-kenya.org. 

The Future

With assistance from NRT and partner organisations, Nakuprat-Gotu aims to achieve the following in the coming years:

  • To convene, along with all other NRT community conservancies, in annual general meetings to share plans and progress
  • To take part in a livelihood baseline survey, commissioned by NRT, with a view of determining the status and priority of education, health, water, jobs, food security, infrastructure and current availability of government services
  • To continue the strengthening of wildlife security and monitoring within the conservancy
  • To sign a partnership memorandum of understanding, along with all other community conservancies, between themselves and NRT
  • To register as not-for-profit
  • To implement a conservancy constitution, with the aim of building accountability, transparency, equity and effective representation
  • To take part in peace building exercises with surrounding communities