COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION

Communities and conservation are working together to provide an alternative approach to wildlife conservation, Jake Grieves-Cook who has been involved in Kenyas tourism industry for over 40 years tells his story here.

Jake provides an insight into this unique approach, were local communities collaborate with conservationists and tourism operators to protect wildlife, significantly reducing human/wildlife conflict and provide tourists with an unforgettable and life-changing Safari experience. There are a number of unique projects and conservancies that are leading the way in defining a new era of eco-tourism creating a sustainable future for animals, locals, environment and visitors alike. One such operation is Porini Camps at Ol Kinyei Conservancy run by Jake Grieves-Cook. Bordering the north-east corner of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Ol Kinyei Conservancy employs a different and new ethos to wildlife conservation. The management of Ol Kinyei and similar conservancies bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, and in other areas of Kenya lease land from local communities that directly benefit from its use to naturally host and protect wildlife populations. The privately owned and managed conservancies also offer employment to members of these communities and training opportunities in different areas of expertise in eco-tourism.

To find out more about Porini Camps visit: www.porini.com

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Pope Francis to Visit Kenya in First Ever Trip to Africa

Pope Francis will visit Kenya from 25 – 27 November in his first ever trip to Africa. Nairobi will be his first stop on a three-state visit of the continent to include Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The Catholic community in Kenya accounts for an estimated 33 percent of the population. While in Nairobi, Pope Francis will hold a Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi which is expected to be attended by 1.4 million people from across the country.

The Pope will also meet other religious leaders to discuss inclusivity and how people of all denominations can co-exist. Key discussions will include matters around climate change, strengthening family ties, and inter-ethnic tolerance.

It has been 20 years since Kenya hosted a pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church which was marked by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1995. The nation is prepared to welcome Pope Francis with blessings and joy.

For further information, and full details Pope Francis’ itinerary, please visit