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.
Get off the beaten track, visit Nakuprat-Gotu and can camp in the following campsites:
Melako Bandas is a self-catering banda set in the shade of Doum Palms and acacia trees on a stunning sand river. It is a fantastic little private paradise; a perfect little gate away for family and friends with an open area living room, a fully furnished kitchen and two en-suite bedrooms with three beds in each.