The local Maasai community has set aside the Selenkay Conservation Area as a reserve for wildlife and in return is receiving an income from tourism activities. This is used to fund community projects such as schools and water supplies. Employment opportunities have also been provided for the local Maasai people as game rangers, trackers, and camp staff. Apart from the management and Head Chef, all other staff in the camp and Conservation Area are members of the local Maasai community.
The 70 kms of roads in the Conservation Area were constructed using local labour so that members of the community gained employment. As a result of the establishment of the Conservation Area, wildlife numbers have recovered significantly in recent years and elephants are now seen frequently after an absence of nearly 20 years. Selenkay Conservation Area is well off the beaten track, and has not been visited by tourists until very recently. The animals are truly wild and tend to behave more naturally than those in the parks, which are often habituated to the presence of vehicles. The great Amboseli plains with its parched alkaline salt pans, strange mirages and oasis of marshes & lakes is dominated by the glistening majestic snow cap pf Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,894m/19,340ft).
This is Maasai country, a proud, nomadic people, who have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. Huge herds of Elephant and Buffalo are common, together with Lion and a host of Antelope species.