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House in the Wild Introduction

July 24, 2019

The House in the Wild Collection of properties are situated in a unique location, each perched on the banks of the Mara River, tucked away on Naretoi, a 1000-acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy on the edge of the Maasai Mara. Naretoi was once an intensive farm and is the first project of its kind where the land on the edge of the Mara has changed from farming back to nature.  This “rewilding” project has seen the rangelands around the House & Villa in the Wild return to their natural state, with wildlife returning to the area after over a decade of intensive farming.  

The properties are hosted by the Wood family and their team of local staff.  Lippa and Tarquin Wood have a longstanding connection with the Maasai community, the wildlife and the land, encouraging renewable practices that serve as a model for living in harmony with nature. They are also the founders of the Enonkishu Conservancy, where they work with 50 Maasai families to protect the surrounding wildlife grazing areas so the community can earn revenue from guests as well as from their cattle, in a holistic grazing plan, where wildlife and cattle can thrive together.  

With the creation of the Enonkishu Conservancy, the Mara Training Centre and Collection in the Wild they raise money through conservation fees and other community-based enterprises, to support sustainable rangeland management that allows space and resources for the people, cattle, and wildlife. Enonkishu is the selected conservation partner with WWF and UNESCO-IHE as the pilot project in their regenerative rangelands project.