The ACK tented camp in Salama is approximately 90 km south of Nairobi near the Mukaa District Offices along the Mombasa Highway. The camp sits at the base of the Ulu Conservation area within the old Aimi ma Kalugu ranch. Our focus in the area is in monitoring the adaptations of cheetahs to recent land use changes in the region. From the Salama camp we meet monthly with our scouts to evaluate conflict and game count data, we conduct community meetings and we assist with conflict mitigation.
The camp comfortably sleeps six students, volunteers and/or staff. There is ample space for more tents as needed. Our office has power for working on the computer or charging equipment. Toilets are drop outhouses and showers are from a raised bucket. A tree house offers a nice break and a great view of the area. Visitors can stop by the camp to meet with the staff or to see the area. We offer walks with the scouts or drives in the area and discussions about the role of private and public land in carnivore conservation. We seldom see the cheetahs in this area because they are shy and afraid of people.
Visitors can contact us to schedule their visit… volunteers and students can apply via the volunteer section of our web site.
The Maibae Conservancy is one of the youngest community conservation areas in the Northern Rangelands Trust. We selected this area because it had the highest number of regular cheetah sightings recorded by NRT rangers. The ranger camp was constructed in 2010 and ACK places our tents along a rock kopje in the heart of the conservancy.