To call the sprawling savannahs of the Maasai Mara ‘breath-taking’ would be an understatement of some magnitude. A world-famous destination, The Mara, as it is sometimes known, is where travellers go to experience safari in the truest sense of the word. Incredible closeness to wildlife in an extraordinary setting, made possible by the indigenous Maasai people..
Undoubtedly, one of the most sought-after locations in the Maasai Mara is Ishara. It’s a luxury experience, yes, but one with conservation right at its very heart. It follows a ‘leave no trace’ ethos that treats The Mara with the utmost respect and is in tune with nature. Photography plays a big part in this and guests at Ishara, of course, are keen to document their time on safari, so it made absolute sense to partner with Canon Central and North Africa and open a Canon Experience Centre at the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The centre means that guests have ‘touch and try’ access to range of cutting-edge Canon cameras, lenses and binoculars, as well as access to a professional photography mentor, who can offer one-to-one tuition on-site or accompany them on a game drive for exciting live photography lessons.
And while this creates an exceptional experience for visitors to the Maasai Mara, the Canon Experience Centre isn’t simply a space for entertainment. Many indigenous people of Maasai Mara are employed as tour guides and, as such, they are literally on the front line of the conservation effort in The Mara. It is their careful stewardship of the land that protects The Mara from poaching and other forms of environmental degradation. Raising awareness of the issues around this delicate ecosystem and the role of the Maasai people in it is absolutely essential.